Experienced Texas Trusts and Estates Attorney Can Draft Your Last Will and Testament

A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to someone who is not your blood relative, e.g., a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the Court dictates how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet — the decisions of the Court might not reflect your desires. I have 23 years of experience, and can assist by drafting a valid will to ensure your intentions are honored.  

Changing your will
As your life evolves, so may your estate plan. You generally must update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, parental status, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.  

Appointing a guardian
A Declaration of Guardian allows you to express your decisions about the future care of your minor children. This is crucial if you are a single parent or in the event that both parents die in a common incident. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints one, who must make parental decisions pursuant to strict Court guidelines, perhaps contrary to what you would have wanted. You can also make arrangements for the care of your pets, naming a guardian to take responsibility for them.

I apply my extensive knowledge about Texas probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. I assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the probate court in Texas
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to
    the estate, and devisees listed in the will
  •  Appraising the estate
  • Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, I advocate for your interests. I have extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. I can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court, as necessary.

Contact a thorough wills and probate lawyer 

I serve clients in Dallas and throughout Texas. Call my office at 214-520-7494 or contact me online.