Making The Best Plan For Your Texas Estate
It’s often said that the best time to plan is now. If you are reading this page, then you are thinking about creating an estate plan or you are looking to know more about the Texas probate process.
I am attorney Rebecca Anne Gonzalez, the principal and founder of Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez. For decades I have helped people understand their rights and options under the law. I can help you and your family determine which estate planning services best meet your needs. We can also discuss the Texas probate process and the planning tools available to help you avoid a drawn-out and costly proceeding.
The Estate Planning Tools That Are Right For You
There are many ways to protect your assets and make your passing easier on your loved ones. Major life changes often prompt people to make or change a will. A new baby, a divorce or a change in family dynamics are all good reasons to create, review or update your documents. The most common tools used in estate planning are:
- A last will and testament, or “will,” lets your family know “who gets what,” who should oversee the distribution of your assets, and who should care for and raise your minor children if both you and your spouse are not able to.
- Power of attorney (POA) is extremely useful to ensure that a family member can make financial decisions for you and pay bills if you are unable.
- A health care proxy is a legal document that allows a person you appoint to make health care decisions for you should you become unable.
- A trust or “revocable living trust” is often the best way to avoid the probate process.
The best time to plan is now. Call my office to arrange a meeting to get your estate planning questions answered today. Call 800-823-6321.
Understanding Texas Probate
Probate is a very common process that Texas courts use to “wind up” a person’s estate. In some cases, the probate process is fairly straightforward. In other situations, especially when there are large and varied assets involved, the process can take months or over a year and cost more than expected. There are ways to set up your estate to avoid probate. If this was not done before the death of your loved one, then the team at Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez can guide you through the process and ensure deadlines are met, all bills are paid and that assets are distributed per Texas law.
When You Need Guardianship
When our elderly loved ones are no longer able to make decisions in their own best interest, it often becomes necessary to create a guardianship. A court-appointed guardian works to ensure that the care your loved one needs is given and that your parent or loved one receives the government money they are due. There are four types of Texas guardianship. At Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez, we can assess your situation and work with you to get your family the help it needs as fast as possible.
Work With An Accessible, Compassionate Team
At Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez, my staff and I understand the importance of planning. We will answer your questions and provide honest and easy-to-understand answers so that you can make wise choices. Call me today at 210-888-9836 or toll free at 800-823-6321 and set up an initial consultation. You can also get in touch with me and my team via firm email. I look forward to helping you.