In an independent administration, an attorney submits an application to probate the will. After the application is submitted, the court will set the application for hearing. At that hearing the court will ask the proposed independent executor several qualifying questions. Assuming the hearing goes well, the court will sign the order appointing the independent executor. The independent executor will sign the proof that the attorney prepared prior to the hearing, attesting to the information provided at the hearing. After the hearing, the independent executor will obtain documentation allowing the independent executor to pay debts and exercise control over property of the estate. Your attorney will either publish notice for your creditors or will send them individualized notice, depending on the circumstances of your case. The attorney will also file the inventory and report. Overall, the probate process in Texas is very streamlined and simplified. Ideally, the process should only take several months and should require a minimal amount of court appearances.