Our Houston estate planning attorneys believe every family deserves sound legal advice when it comes to planning for the future. Many people associate the term “estate planning” with wealth, but that’s not the case. Families who have a great deal of wealth may have more to protect, however families with less wealth should also take every legal opportunity to protect their hard-won assets and their children’s inheritance.
Our attorneys are experienced in estate planning techniques that will help our clients prepare documents to protect and distribute the assets of their estates before and after death in the manner that best accomplishes their wishes. We work hard to ensure that their loved ones are cared for properly, and we are constantly monitoring the law so that plans will always be the most effective for their situations. If the concern is about the use of assets for care during the client’s lifetime, we bring solutions to the table to develop plans that covers those costs in the way that is most beneficial to our clients and their families.
What Does Estate Planning Include?
There are many facets of this area of law that a Houston estate planning attorney can help with. Some of these include:
- Wills: Wills are essential, simple documents that everyone should have.
- Guardianships: Having these documents in place will ensure that your wishes are followed regarding minor children and any and any loved one that has been deemed incapacitated.
- Medical plans: We can draft financial and medical powers of attorney, living wills, directives to physicians and HIPPA waivers. If the situation arises that you are unable to make decisions regarding your care, it’s best to have a legal document that clarifies how you want specific scenarios handled.
- Trusts: There are many different kinds of trusts, including living trusts, simple trusts and special supplemental needs trusts. We can help you decide which is right for your needs.
- Charitable Acts: Gift tax planning, charitable gift giving and private foundations are rewarding experiences for many people. Our Houston estate planning attorneys can help you understand tax ramifications and how to make the most of your charitable giving.
- Post- and pre-nuptial agreements: No one wants to think about divorce when getting married, but as with other areas of probate law, planning ahead is easier on all parties.
Considering the “What-if’s” Through Estate Planning
When it comes to this area of Texas probate law, our Houston estate planning attorneys will help you consider all the what-ifs. At its essence, this is what estate planning is about. Being ready for the scenarios that you can’t anticipate.
An estate plan should be in place if:
- You expects to have (or do have) heirs to your estate. This includes relatives, parents, and children.
- You are the parent of a child that is disabled or a minor child.
- You want to be able to determine how your assets are dispersed, not the government.
- You want to try to avoid a public probate of your estate.
- You plan or wish to leave assets from your estate to people other than your legal heirs.
- You would like to leave assets to a charitable organization.
Our Houston Probate Attorneys can assist you with Probate Litigation, Elder Law, Living Wills, Wills, Trusts and more. For more information contact us at: (713) 489-1301.