I am not admitted in Texas. I am sorry for your loss. Generally, wills do not have to be probated but there may be hidden legal issues like transfer of title, etc. that require it. I am going to give you a link to the Texas State Bar for an overview of your options. It may be helpful. Then go to see the clerk in the Probate Court for the county in which your father lived at the time of his death and ask what is the best way to deal with the money he left. You will at least be armed with some information to talk to the clerk about. Good luck.
go to "Additional Information for the public" (left hand side)
then "Consumer Legal Information"
then look for "Wills and Living Trusts" for an overview.
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