Texas Wills and Probate Attorneys
Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
When you are establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Smith and Bratcher, P.C. can help with all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
- Wills drafting
- Estate planning
- Power of attorney
- Elder law
- Choosing the appropriate executor
- Living wills
- Living trusts
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides 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 a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Smith and Bratcher, P.C. can draft Wills that recite your intentions.
Changing your Will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Smith and Bratcher, P.C. drafts codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your Will allows you to make known your intentions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your Will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
The process of probate
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a Will and know little about the process. Smith and Bratcher, P.C. can guide you through the complex probate process, including filing the will with Texas probate court, finding and collecting assets, closing and opening bank accounts, paying estate taxes, and locating beneficiaries.
Contact an estate planning law firm in Waco.
For wills, probate and estate planning services in Waco and throughout McClennan County, call Smith and Bratcher, P.C. at 254-751-0044 or contact us online for a consultation. We are eager to put our experience to work protecting your estate.