Protecting Your Family With An Estate Plan
Estate planning isn’t the most comfortable and easy topic to discuss with friends and family, but in many ways, it is an opportunity for you to prepare for the future after your death or when you become unable to make sound decisions regarding your health, money and assets. One of the largest advantages to intelligent estate planning is that it helps your loved ones avoid the probate process, and it protects how your assets are distributed.
Jaclyn Y. Roberson at Roberson Duran Law, PLLC, in San Antonio is an experienced, compassionate attorney who will take the time to guide you through the process of preparing a will, durable power of attorney and setting up guardianship for your children or an adult who may have special needs to make decisions on their behalf, to ensure your assets are taken care of.
Texas Will And Probate Laws
It is essential in Texas to create a valid will. If you or a loved one dies without a will, which is known as “dying intestate,” the state of Texas will determine how the estate is to be dispersed. We regularly work with clients who are facing this situation and can help walk you through the entire legal process. However, we counsel our clients to be proactive and have us help them draw up a will to protect your children and family in the event you should die and allow you to legally assign a guardian for your children. This also ensures your dying wishes are respected and followed through.
In the state of Texas, if the deceased’s estate is valued below a certain amount, regardless if there is a will or not, it can be treated as a “small estate,” and therefore can be settled through a “summary probate” proceeding instead of probate court. It is important to keep in mind, while this estate option may seem easier, it doesn’t apply to every case. Speak with an experienced attorney who can answer your questions today.
We also recognize the various challenges our clients may encounter if an heir or beneficiary threatens to fight how an estate is to be divided. If probate litigation is needed, we have the experience and are prepared to represent you and your family.
It’s Never Too Late To Plan For The Future
It can be intimidating to contemplate drafting an estate plan or handling a loved one’s probate by yourself. Let the experienced attorneys at Roberson Duran Law, PLLC, in San Antonio, create a set of documents that protect your assets and your legacy to your family. Give us a call at 210-761-6282 or send us an email to set up an appointment.