Keith and his team were fantastic. We had heard horror stories of the probate process but our experience was fast and ...- Thomas M.
He researched my problem, consulted another expert just for a second opinion, and responded to me with the answers I needed. He is a SUPER PERSON.- Kathie
He helped my family navigate a unique probate and trust process right at the end of the year.- Previous Client
Keith is one of the finest and technically proficient lawyers I have ever met.- Jennifer
Keith is very professional and was able to settle my family dispute.- Susan
Keith would be the one attorney I hope I never set on the opposite side of the table against.- Bruce
Mr. Morris represented me in a complicated and nasty probate matter. I am a paralegal and must say that Mr. Morris is in the top .5 of the 1% of excellent lawyers.- Jennifer L.
Keith was easy to reach and had a lot of knowledge about estate planning. He helped me and my family with our wills and helped set up trusts for my kids.- Oda
Austin County Probate Attorney
Should I Consult An Austin County Probate Attorney?
Probate is the legal process that occurs after someone dies. In Texas, the probate process can often be intricate, time-consuming and confusing without the knowledge and experience of an Austin County probate attorney.
In the event that a loved one has passed away without a Last Will and Testament in place, a probate court will distribute assets and pay the debts of the estate in accordance with intestacy laws. When the decedent has a will in place, the probate court will determine its validity and administer the estate contents as directed in the will. Whether a will is in place or not, the services of an Austin County probate attorney are vital to ensure that required court appearances and paperwork are attended to in accordance with the law.
What Services Can I Obtain From A Probate Lawyer in Austin County?
Texas probate proceedings will likely be necessary in the event of a loved one’s death whether a will is present or not. There are nuanced procedural requirements and paperwork that requires timely attention, which is what makes an Austin County probate attorney’s services so important.
In addition to advising you in the probate process, an Austin County probate attorney can inform you of any federal or state tax implications related to the decedent’s assets and debts, as well as fees associated with the probate process. An attorney will also be able to provide the following services to the decedent’s beneficiaries:
- Provide the court with proof of death.
- Represent the beneficiaries at all court appearances.
- Catalog and appraise the estate.
- Ensure that creditors are notified of the death. And,
- File all required paperwork associated with probating the estate.
Court appearances and properly filed paperwork alone can be time-consuming and confusing to beneficiaries who are unfamiliar with the laws. An Austin County probate attorney can help diffuse those issues, while helping to ensure the decedent’s last wishes are honored. Other areas where the services of a probate attorney can be vital are: transferring property (real or personal) and answering questions concerning guardianships, property rights, conservatorships, inheritance laws and more. The peaceful resolution of probate issues is always the primary goal; however, when this is not possible, the Austin County probate attorneys at Morris Ostrom Law, have a proven record of successfully defending the rights of beneficiaries in the probate system.
Our firm serves people all through Austin County including the cities of Bellville, Brazos Country, Industry, Sealy, and Wallis.
Dispute Resolved Estate Administration & Division of Assets
Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.
Dispute Resolved Estate Administration Case
Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.
Hearing Won Evidentiary Hearing
Won lengthy evidentiary hearing to prove client was not in contempt of court to avoid sanction or jail time.
Case Won Guardianship Case
Won trial to exclude wife to serve as guardian of gentleman she married that was at least twice her age.
Six-Figure Settlement Reached Multi-Million Dollar Estate Case
Obtained six-figure settlement after jury was seated for adopted child in multi-million dollar estate case after adoption was disputed.
If you call Keith Morris, he will personally pick up the phone and handle your case with the attention it deserves.
Your first free case evaluation with us can be done through video conference, phone call, or an in-person meeting.
Keith Morris is proud to be the litigator that takes on the most complicated and difficult cases to court and getting his clients optimal results.
With over 20 years of legal experience, Keith Morris has devoted his efforts to sharpening his skills in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation.
Contact the firm today to discuss your case during a free consultation and explore your options.