It is generally common knowledge that, in America, citizens have the right to represent themselves in court. So if you are an executor for a will, it makes sense to think that you might not need to hire an attorney. However, this is not necessarily true.
When probating a will, the estate and the executor are two different entities. This is where we find the issue with self representation. As an executor, you are carrying out the wishes of another person. A deeper explanation as well as examples of cases where executors tried to represent the estate and were denied by the court can be found in this My San Antonio article.
While Texas probate laws are largely uniform throughout the state, each probate case is handled in their respective county. In light of this, it is important to understand each and every step. The best way to ensure your probate is handled properly is by hiring a skilled attorney.