Estate & Probate Law
Experienced Houston Estate Planning Attorneys & Probate Lawyers in Texas & Illinois
Whether you’re planning for the future, going through probate, or establishing guardianship, you can count on us for your estate planning and probate law needs in Illinois and Texas. Our trusted Houston estate planning attorneys and probate lawyers can help you plan for your family’s future and guide you every step of the way.
LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
POWER OF ATTORNEY
Estate Planning in Texas & Illinois
Life can bring unexpected events, which is why it’s important to be proactive in protecting your family’s future. Estate planning is the proactive process of anticipating possible issues and scenarios, addressing them before they happen, and minimize the frustration and emotional distress that comes with losing a loved one.
Our Houston estate planning attorneys in Texas & Illinois can provide assistance in creating an estate plan that allows for a simpler administration of an estate upon death, and gives you the ability to legally assist a loved one and make important life decisions and transactions in the event they become incapacitated. Call us today to get started with your estate plan today!
Why You Need An Estate Plan
Most of us are reluctant to confront, or deal with the realities of life and death, terminal disease or illness, catastrophic injury, and unforeseen tragedy. However, preparing an estate plan is an extremely important and responsible thing to do – and it may involve some of the most important legal decisions that you will make in your life.
Having an estate plan in place allows you to rest more easily knowing that your loved ones don’t have to deal with the additional burden of figuring out what you would want to do when an unexpected life event or death occurs in the family.
Our Houston estate planning attorneys in Texas & Illinois will help you prepare the estate planning documents clarify your intentions, protect your family, and make it known to all concerned how you wish to deal with matters concerning your health care, personal & business affairs, and even your death. Call us today to find out what steps you can do to plan for the unexpected and protect your family’s future!
Types of Estate Planning Documents
If you need legal help preparing a last will and testament, living will, medical power of attorney, general durable power of attorney, or a declaration of guardianship before the need arises, our Houston estate planning attorneys in Texas and Illinois can help. Schedule a consultation with us get started with your estate plan and protect your family’s future today!
Last Will & Testament
Medical Power of Attorney
General Durable Power of Attorney
Declaration of Guardianship
What is Guardianship?
Guardianship is an important part of responsible estate planning. Under the law, an adult who is 18 years of age or older is presumed to be capable of handling their own affairs. However, a guardian may be appointed to serve as a substitute decision maker if a person has a disability that prevents them from making or communicating responsible decisions about their personal affairs.
If you have any questions or concerns about guardianship, speak with our trusted Houston guardianship attorneys to find out how to appoint a guardian in Texas and Illinois.
To qualify for guardianship, the disability must be due to:
Factors considered in guardianship proceeding include the:
Extent of the ward’s diminished capacity
Necessity of guardianship
Most appropriate person to be appointed guardian with best interest of the ward
Types of Guardianship
Whether you’re appointing a guardian to manage one’s property and finances, or choosing who will be in charge of the care and custody of the ward, it’s important to choose a guardian who has the ward’s best interest in mind. Our Houston estate planning attorneys & guardianship lawyers in Texas & Illinois can provide legal assistance throughout the guardianship proceeding, so you protect your family and safeguard their future.
Guardianship of the Estate
The guardian of the estate is in charge of the ward’s property and finances.
Guardianship of the Person
The guardian of the person is in charge of care and custody of the ward.
Probate in Texas & Illinois
Probate is the legal process taken once a person passes away. Their assets must be disbursed in a manner consistent with state laws and following the directions they put forth when they were alive, as stated in their will. If you are the executor of a will or the benficiary of an estate, our experienced Houston estate planning attorneys and probate lawyers in Texas & Illinois can guide you through the probate process – from identifying estate assets and beneficiaries to distributing assets and inheritances.
Who Needs to Go Through Probate
In estate administration, the executor of the will or estate administrator is granted the authority to deal with the assets of the estate through the documents called Letters Testamentary and Letters Administration.
However, not all estates have to go through probate. For example, if the only asset listed during estate planning was a bank account, bank rules may allow a small account to be closed without probate. Our trusted Houston estate planning attorneys and probate lawyers can help you determine whether or not you need to go through probate.
The administration of estates can be quite complex and may require a considerable amount of time to undertake all the tasks that are required. There are also legal requirements that must be satisfied to comply with the law. If you’ve been appoint as an executor, call us today to schedule a consultation and get expert legal advice from our Texas & Illinois probate lawyers. We can help you navigate the confusing process and ensure the smooth and proper management of all debts and assets.
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