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What is an independent administration?

Texas provides for independent administration free of court supervision. This means that after an independent executor or administrator is approved and an inventory of estate assets (or an affidavit in lieu of an inventory) has been filed, the executor or administrator can take care of the administration of the estate without further court involvement or supervision.

The independent executor or administrator can settle with creditors, set aside the homestead and other exempt property, manage the property of the estate, sell assets for payment of debts or taxes, and distribute the remaining estate to those entitled to it. Thus, independent administration avoids the costs and delays associated with a court-supervised estate administration in which the executor or administrator must seek court approval before doing any of these acts. Courts often require that all heirs-at-law agree to an independent administration before an independent administration is permitted.

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