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If you believe the estate administrator is improperly handling your loved one’s estate, you might have grounds for probate litigation, and you should contact us for a review of your case. State law mandates that an estate administrator must act in good faith and probate the will as required by the will and by Texas law.
A will provides for an orderly disposition of your assets after death, allowing you to determine when and who will inherit your assets. Wills do not allow you to avoid probate, but probate in Texas is usually a very efficient and inexpensive process. Wills are especially important if you have minor children and would like to designate who will be the guardian of your children upon your death.
Our comprehensive estate planning document portfolio can include a statutory durable power of attorney, declaration of guardian, medical power of attorney, directive to physicians, HIPPA disclosure, donor card, and burial statement.
A durable power of attorney allows you to appoint someone you know to make financial and/or health decisions for you if you become incapacitated. The durable power of attorney is a very powerful document. Our attorneys will guide you in making an informed decision on how best to use this document within your estate plan.
A declaration of guardian allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf in the event of your incapacity. If you are incapacitated without these legal documents in place, then you and your family could face a judicial proceeding known as a guardianship. This will result in the court system and judges determining who should make these decisions for you—and those decisions are then supervised by the court.
A directive to physicians allows you to make decisions in advance regarding the types of medical life support measures you prefer to have in the event you cannot express your choices yourself.
A revocable living trust is a more complex estate planning tool which allows you to transfer your assets to your trust during your lifetime. You as trustee then retain use of the assets during your lifetime as the beneficiary, and upon your death, the assets are distributed according to your wishes. With proper planning, trusts can be an effective tool to avoid probate.