Probate

Probate Lawyer and Attorney in Austin

How can I provide for my family after I’m gone? That’s a question many of us ask ourselves on a regular basis, especially if we have young children. Life is full of surprises, but the one thing that should never be left up to chance is the fate of your loved ones and your estate. The choices you make now regarding the administration of your estate will affect your loved ones and their loved ones for years to come. Estate planning requires careful thought and consideration, but there is much more to this than meets the eye. Although you may provide specific details in your will regarding the distribution of your assets, numerous obstacles can arise. Your assets may be frozen, preventing their transfer to your heirs, collectors may try to claim debts against your estate, and conflicts may also arise within a family over the allocation of your assets.

In order to ensure your estate is administered properly and your assets distributed quickly and smoothly, it’s important to retain the legal expertise of a knowledgeable probate lawyer who has your and your family’s best interests in mind at all times. At the Law Office of Warren & Lewis, we understand the importance of making sure your loved ones are provided for in the event of your death or disability. Our attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience assisting residents of Austin and Dripping Springs and Houston, TX. We have assisted residents of Austin, TX with the planning and administration involved in the transfer of estates and will provide you with personalized legal services that cater to your specific goals.

The experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Warren & Lewis will ensure the timely execution of your will and represent your estate in court if your will is contested or if a conflict arises between your family or collectors. Your attorney will work with you through every step of the probate process to resolve any outstanding debts and ensure you have a clear understanding of your rights.

The Probate Administration Process

In the event of your death, a representative is named to execute the terms of your will and distribute your assets. If you have a valid will, a personal representative that you have named or a member of your family will be charged with the distribution of your assets. However, if you do not have a valid will at the time of your death, then a court-appointed representative will be named as your estate’s administrator. This can be an extremely complicated process, especially when surviving family members are vying for property or when creditors are competing for claims to your assets.

No one should ever have to wonder what will become of their loved ones after their passing. You want to know with certainty that your wishes will be carried out and that your estate will not fall into the wrong hands. The role of the probate attorney is to ensure your assets are properly distributed to your benefactors and that all claims against the estate are resolved as smoothly as possible.

The Law Office of Jessica M. Warren, PC provides legal advice and representation to both you and your loved ones in order to prevent delays in the dispersal of your assets. Our probate lawyers in Austin and Dripping Springs can work with you in order to establish a last will and testament if you don’t already have one, and manage all disputes resulting from the disposition of your property.

Turn to our firm for assistance with every detail regarding the estate planning and probate administration process, including:

  • Preparing and executing a last will and testament
  • Creating trusts to protect your assets and minimize taxes
  • Distributing property and assets to beneficiaries
  • Filing an Application to name a personal representative of an estate
  • Notifying creditors and resolving complaints
  • Paying outstanding debts and tax obligations
  • Mitigating conflicts within the family
  • Creating an LLC to provide for asset protection and centralize management of family assets
  • Managing the transfer of a business, commercial real estate property and other company-related matters

Our Probate Lawyers Protect Your Assets and Ensure the Smooth Execution of Your Estate

The Law Office of Jessica M. Warren, PC, is available to assist you with every step of the probate process and will help you craft a well-executed plan for the successful distribution of your estate to your intended beneficiaries. Don’t wait for a court-appointed representative to make decisions regarding your financial, property and business-related matters. Call us today to schedule a consultation with our estate planning and probate attorneys in Austin, TX.

With your goals in mind, our attorneys will structure a plan that covers all financial, tax, business, health, and personal matters. From the very first consultation, your attorney begins the process of planning for the future of your loved ones. They will begin with an initial discussion of your estate planning objectives and will provide you with a confidential analysis of your present and future assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. Then they will detail all probate tax and probate tax ramifications, estimating future IRS complications, inheritance taxes, and even gift taxes so the best strategy for the execution of your estate transfer can be crafted.

After the plan has been established, your attorney will guide you through the actual process of transferring your assets, answering all your questions and ensuring you have no concerns so the provisions of your plan can be carried out as effectively as possible. Your attorney will also assist you with all paperwork and documentation and counsel you and your family on the most practical and beneficial plan of action for the preservation and transfer of your estate to your beneficiaries.

In the event a dispute arises among your family members, you can rest easily knowing all issues and complications will be successfully handled with respect for you and your loved ones. Our firm also provides mediation services when necessary and will advocate for your wishes throughout all court proceedings.

Start Planning for Your Loved Ones Today

The decisions you make regarding your assets will have a direct impact on your loved ones and their present and future families for years to come. During the estate planning process, there are several matters you should take into account. Who will make decisions about your living arrangements and healthcare if you become disabled or unable to make decisions for yourself? Who will manage your assets for your beneficiaries? Who will inherit your assets and how will you ensure those assets do not end up in the hands of the wrong person?
There are many factors to consider, but with the experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Warren & Lewis on your side, you can rest assured your goals will be addressed and carried out effectively. Contact The Law Offices of Warren & Lewis today to schedule a consultation and ensure your estate planning matters are handled according to your exact specifications.

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