Wills, Probate, & Guardianship

Experience matters when choosing a lawyer to advise you through all matters relating to wills, estate planning and the Texas probate process. Whether you have been appointed as executor of an estate or wish to plan for your family's future, we can assist you.

Consult with our team to learn more about your options. Call us at 817-422-5530 or schedule a consultation with our team online.

Wills, Trusts and Estates in Texas

You can rely on our lawyers to guide you through the process of creating a plan that will properly carry out your wishes after you pass. This plan can involve:

  • Simple wills
  • Wills with trusts
  • Medical powers of attorney
  • Financial powers of attorney
  • Living wills

Estate Administration and Probate

Our attorneys have extensive experience with probate, estate administration, wills, trusts and other estate planning documents. Probate is the legal process by which a person's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon his or her death. Estate administration involves the gathering of assets of the decedent; paying the debts of the decedent and distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries named in the will.

Texas law directs the probate court how to dispense the deceased's estate concerning Texas property and the deceased's debts. State laws and procedures throughout the U.S. vary greatly, so it is essential to confer with an attorney with expertise in this area of the law to ensure that the deceased's assets are distributed properly. Wills and trusts are tools used to carry out the wishes of a client with respect to property and assets.

Establishing Guardianships

There are two types of guardians that can be appointed in Texas. The first type is a guardian of the person. The guardian of the person is responsible for a "ward's" health and personal care. The second type is a guardian of the estate. The guardian of a ward's estate manages the ward's assets and debts and is accountable to the court in so doing. A single individual may serve in both capacities. Legal guardianship in Texas is a court-dependent proceeding in which a guardian is appointed to "oversee" the person and/or estate of an incapacitated person.

A Texas guardianship can be established over minors, the mentally ill, the developmentally challenged, those who are frail and anyone else the court finds to be unable to properly function in one or more delineated areas, such as handling money, driving a car, making medical decisions, or deciding where to live and with whom. The court can appoint guardians for individuals under the age of 18 who require the guidance of a responsible adult. The court can appoint guardians for the care and protection of adults over the age of 18 who require specialized supervision.

Once appointed, the guardian has control over decisions involving medical care, education, social situations, contractual agreements and other factors.

Contact a Lawyer Regarding Your Estate Planning or Probate Needs

Call our attorneys in the Arlington area at 817-422-5530 to schedule a consultation regarding any question you may have about creating an estate plan for your family or going through the probate process. We are fully prepared to utilize our experience for your advantage.