Estate Matters: Planning, Probate And Estate Administration
Whatever your role is in planning or settling an estate in Texas, you are acting wisely by looking for a lawyer to guide you. Going through this process with an attorney whom you can trust can make all the difference in how smoothly you can complete the task. If estate planning is a process you are facing, you may realize that regular reviews and updates are important, even after you have created the following testamentary documents:
- A will (a simple, complex or pour-over will)
- One or more trusts, if appropriate for your asset portfolio and legacy goals
- One or more powers of attorney, which may prove to be critically essential during your lifetime
- A health care directive or “living will,” allowing for peace of mind and smoother decision-making by your loved ones someday
Consult with a compassionate, thoughtful attorney at The Law Office of Brian Michael Cromeens in South Texas to request an estate planning review. Mr. Cromeens will begin by listening carefully as you describe your goals and concerns. He will then share valuable, personalized information in language you will understand about how to put your affairs in order far in advance with confidence.
Depending on your circumstances, it may be appropriate for you to start simple and then build on your estate plan as your family and asset portfolio grow. Or you may already have a robust estate plan from a previous state or previous stage of life and simply need to update names and other details. You can count on Mr. Cromeens to discern the best solutions to meet your objectives.
Are You Responsible For Settling An Estate?
The role of an executor (or personal representative) in wrapping up an estate is no small matter. If you are in this position, you may still feel affected by the emotional aspects of losing a family member or friend. At the same time, you no doubt realize how important it is to meet deadlines, fulfill all legal requirements and distribute assets according to the decedent’s wishes.
You may need to sell real estate, settle farm or ranch-related affairs or deal with complex investments that the person owned. To execute the will or administer trusts, you will likely need an attorney’s guidance throughout the process.
Consulting with a probate law attorney can help you protect yourself from potential legal challenges and get the job done with minimal stress. Ideally, seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the person dies, or beforehand if he or she is declining and death seems imminent. The Law Office of Brian Michael Cromeens is available to partner with you in getting through all necessary steps smoothly and efficiently.
In case of a will contest or any probate litigation, Mr. Cromeen is prepared to represent you with the goal of resolving the dispute satisfactorily while minimizing losses to the estate.