You Can Get Started On Estate Planning Or Probate Today
Protecting loved ones from an uncertain future is something many of us worry about, yet we often don’t know how to get started. The answer is quite simple: Speak with a lawyer to learn about your options for estate planning or probate.
I am attorney Brad Monceaux, and I assist people with estate planning and probate in Texas. Before I became a lawyer, I worked for 15 years in the estate planning, probate and elder care fields. I understand that these issues can be difficult to face, but I can make it easier for you and your family. Whether you are ready to develop an estate plan or you have recently lost a loved one, you can turn to me for knowledgeable, caring legal counsel.
An Estate Plan Can Protect Your Family And Assets
The need for estate planning feels very far away to many people, which makes it easy to put off. However, it is best not to wait too long to get started on an estate plan. You never know what may happen, and it is important to be prepared. In addition, some people delay creating an estate plan because they assume that only wealthy individuals need one, but this is not true. Every adult can benefit from an estate plan, regardless of the value of their assets or whether they are young, older, single, married or a parent. I can help you with estate plans that are tailored to your specific needs at any time in your life.
Common documents in an estate plan include a will, trust(s), powers of attorney for finances, powers of attorney for health care, and authorizations to release your protected heath information. You can create a directive to physicians/living will to specify your end-of-life care as well. My practice also involves helping clients with tax planning, including such issues as federal estate taxes, federal gift taxes, alternate valuation elections, generation-skipping taxes and various trusts.
Having a properly drafted estate plan can potentially eliminate the need for a court-appointed guardian to manage your affairs. Through the use of living trust(s), a properly drafted and funded estate plan can potentially eliminate the need for court intervention after you pass, thereby simplifying the transfer of your assets to your loved ones.
Are You The Representative/Executor Of A Loved One’s Estate?
The time after a loved one’s death is stressful enough. If you were named the representative of their estate, you are facing a lengthy set of duties to probate the estate. To reduce your stress and ensure that everything is done right, talk to an experienced probate attorney. I can assist you with testate (with a will) and intestate (without a will) cases.
I can handle the entire probate process, which will take the burden off of you. It can also help prevent disputes over the will and estate. If you are already facing a dispute from an heir or beneficiary, I can handle the matter in negotiations or in court.
Let Me Help You And Your Family
Why wait? I am available to assist you today. Please call Monceaux Law Firm at 214-706-0852 or complete a short intake form. From my office in Dallas, I represent people throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.