We Can Help With Your Estate Planning And Probate

Estate planning is something everyone should do, but no one wants to think about. If you own any property and have a family, you should have an estate plan. They are not only for the wealthy. A comprehensive and carefully thought-out plan can provide many benefits. It can protect your family and children. It can help you plan for future health care needs. And it can prevent taxes or other financial issues from having an unexpected impact on your estate.

At The Law Office of Carrie T. Schilling, our attorney can help guide you through this process. A comprehensive estate plan is complex, and you truly benefit from having an experienced estate planning lawyer providing advice. Additionally, because the plan may be in existence for many years or decades, you will want to regularly update your plan to account for changes in your life, goals and the laws that govern these instruments.

Experienced Guidance With Wills And Trusts

Our attorney can help with all the necessary legal instruments needed for an estate plan. A will provides specific instructions for the disposition of your property. It can also name a guardian for your minor children. A trust or trusts can be valuable for providing tax planning, wealth preservation and many other needs.

The Importance Of Powers Of Attorney

Other important estate planning documents include powers of attorney and advance directives, known in Texas as a medical power of attorney. These documents can assist others in taking care of your interests in the event you are incapacitated.

While many people believe an estate plan is primarily about end-of-life planning, powers of attorney could be needed for anyone at anytime. If you drive a motor vehicle, you could suffer a severe accident and be unable to make your wishes known. These documents ensure that someone can help you and that they have instructions.

Should You Avoid Probate?

Probate is the legal process of proving the validity of a will, collecting the assets, paying the taxes and expenses of the estate and distributing the remaining property. Whether you need to avoid it is a question our attorney can help you answer.

In some cases, probate may be a straightforward process. For others with complex assets or issues may need to employ sophisticated planning techniques that can eliminate most of what would otherwise pass through probate. No matter which is right for you, it is a question that needs to be answered.

Contact Us

It's never too early to begin your estate plan. Our lawyer can help you determine the details of you plan. Call our Southlake office at 817-997-4787 or use our convenient online contact form to make an appointment.