My mother passed away in Texas two years ago and I notified her bank immediately of her death. I tried to closeout her account and I was told that since my name wasn't on her account, that I will have to go through probate court. I feel like I will not be able to afford the fees and since I live in California, it is not easy for me to go back and forth to the probate court. A few months ago I received a letter from the bank stating that if the account is not made active by October of this year, that the money in her account will get turned over to the state of Texas. I already provided a copy of her death certificate which the bank has on file. Can I speak with a probate lawyer in my state and can't the forms needed for probate court get downloaded and mailed to the county clerk in TX?