Estate Planning & Probate
Comprehensive estate planning and effective use of wealth transfer vehicles, such as wills, trusts and ancillary documents are some of the best investments you can make on behalf of your family to assure that their needs are met after you have passed away.
A Will, also called a “Last Will and Testament,” is a legal instrument which allows you to specify how your property is to be distributed when you pass away. A Trust is another estate planning method allowing you to control your assets during life and after death. In a trust, property is held by one party (the Trustee) for the benefit of another (the Beneficiary).
Having a valid Will or Trust avoids many problems your family could face when you pass away without a plan. Both Wills and Trusts not only allow you to leave your assets to the people you desire, but also allows you to designate an Executor, the person who you want to manage your estate, and to name a Trustee, the person to manage property you leave to your minor children.
When thinking about “estate planning,” many people do not take into account any of the supplemental legal documents needed for a comprehensive estate plan. During life, unexpected events can be costly and embarrassing if the appropriate “ancillary” documents are not in place. Some of those documents include the following: Statutory Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Affairs, Power of Attorney for Medical Affairs, HIPAA Release, Healthcare Directive, Declaration of Guardian in Advance of Need, Declaration of Guardian for Minor Children and Disposition of Remains. These ancillary documents, along with a valid Will, or often a Trust, complete an estate plan and achieve your objectives during your life, at your passing and after death.
Let The Strong Firm’s estate planning attorneys ensure that you are taking appropriate steps to allow you and your family peace of mind when planning the disposition of assets and property that mean the most to you.
At The Strong Firm P.C., our estate planning attorneys will also ensure you have all the appropriate ancillary documents for a complete comprehensive estate plan.
- Planned Parenthood: Using your Estate Plan to Guide the Next Generation – Royce Lanning encourages you to take your young family in to consideration when planning your estate.
- Will v. Living Trust (Part I): Living Trusts Don’t Solve Everything – Royce Lanning begins a two-part series to help bring a clear understanding of why a Will may be a better option than a Living Trust.
- Will v. Living Trust (Part II): Common Uses for Living Trusts – Royce Lanning complete a two-part series discussing the common uses of a Living Trust.
- When to Review Your Estate Plan – Wendy Lambie offers several life events that would require one to make updates to thier estate plan.
When someone you love passes away, the precious soul that touched your life and enhanced its sense of purpose and meaning is no more. Not only must you grieve, but you must readjust emotionally and financially. Eventually, with the passage of time, you may find yourself needing the assistance of a probate attorney to help you handle the probate of your loved one’s estate.
Probate is the process of winding up a loved one’s personal and business affairs. Probate may be necessary whether your loved one had a Last Will and Testament or not. A Last Will and Testament does not eliminate the need for probate but becomes the primary document used in the probate process. Once the decision is made that probate is necessary, the next step in the probate process is the administration or management and settlement of the estate.
In Texas there are several different methods of administering an estate. Which type of probate procedure to use depends upon the size of the estate, the type of property involved and whether your loved one passes away with or without a will. Your probate attorney will be able to advise you regarding the best proceedings for your situation. The most common type of probate procedure used in Texas is called an Independent Administration. Some alternative types of probate procedures include a Dependent Administration Muniment of Title, Small Estate Affidavit and a Proceeding to Determine Heirship.
No matter what type of probate procedure is needed, probate can be a complicated process during a difficult time in many peoples’ lives, but it does not have to be. The Strong Firm’s probate attorneys can help you understand, prepare for and work through the process of handling your loved one’s estate.
- Probate Basics – Wendy Lambie provides all the basics on Probate in this blog.
- Help Wanted – Royce Lanning explains why it is necessary to retain counsel through the Probate process.
The Strong Firm’s estate planning and probate attorneys provide full comprehensive estate planning and probate services including the preparation of:
If you are looking for a team of highly professional estate planning and probate attorneys in The Woodlands, please contact The Strong Firm P.C. to set up your initial consultation today. We can be reached at 281-367-1222.