Estate Planning: What You Need to Know
Most people don’t realize that whether you have executed planning documents, you have a plan in place. The State of Texas will determine, by statute, what happens to your estate if you do not decide for yourself in advance. This applies not only to your will but to decision making authority in the event of incapacity as well. Having a plan in place that reflects what you want for yourself, and your estate will replace the statute and ensure that your wishes are carried out. Planning ahead of time also allows you to be in control. Instead of family members having to make a hard medical decision for you, a properly executed directive can allow you to take the pressure off them and ensure your wishes are carried out.
It’s important to understand what documents are necessary when considering your estate plan. Our firm handles all the documents you may need including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and directives. Contact one of our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys today to understand what options you have and allow us to help you put your plan in place.
Probate in Texas
When a loved one passes and has a will in place directing how to distribute their assets, probate is necessary to ensure those assets go to the appropriate beneficiary. Probate can be complicated, and every case is a little different. In the event your loved on passes and did not have a will the Texas Estates Code determines what happens to their estate and who inherits. Contact one of our knowledgeable attorneys today who can walk you through the steps for either situation. We are here to help.
Sometimes it’s necessary to request the court to appoint a guardian over a loved one. This process can be complicated and emotional, but our experienced attorneys are here to guide you through the process from beginning to end. If you are concerned about a loved one’s ability to make decisions for themselves, please contact our office to discuss potential guardianship options and alternatives to guardianship.