Experienced Edinburg Wills, Trust, & Probate Attorney
While you may think you do not need a will, it is important to understand the potential ramifications of failure to have one. Under Texas probate statutes, those who pass without a will (intestate) and have assets will have those assets distributed per the Texas laws which mean they first go to your spouse and surviving children. If you have any plans to make a donation to charity or to pass monies to your grandchildren, you will forfeit that right if you do not have a will. At Ramón Law Firm we can provide assistance with:
Your will become executable on the day you die and allows the executor of your estate to distribute your assets in accordance with your wishes. Wills are not designed to deal with your incapacitation, they become effective only upon your death and they are filed with the probate court for approval prior to distribution of your assets. Wills should always mention all of your children as well as your spouse by name to avoid the potential of a contest that could arise if anyone is not named. Wills may be created by anyone over the age of 18 and be of sound mind. The will must be signed by two witnesses.
In many cases, using a trust can help your loved one avoid probate. Trust documents are written in a manner that allows the assets in the trust to automatically be managed by a successor trustee or be distributed to the beneficiaries upon the death of the trustee. It is imperative to work with an attorney who understands your unique needs to create a trust that addresses your unique needs.
When you are named executor of an estate, you have certain responsibilities to distribute the assets of an estate, pay bills and file final tax returns. We help those who are managing estates deal with the probate court and other issues that are associated with closing an estate.
Whether you are the administrator of an estate or you are an heir who feels that there are problems with a will, we can help represent your interests. The probate process can be very complicated and at Ramón Law Firm, we understand the laws in Texas as they apply to estates and probate.
Under Texas law, a guardian can be assigned by the courts to protect a vulnerable person of any age. For example, aging parents who can no longer care for themselves, disabled children who have lost their parents or children who are in imminent danger on the home may be assigned a guardian. If you need assistance with the guardianship process in south Texas, Ramón Law Firm can help.
In addition to a will and a guardianship document for vulnerable family members, we can help lessen the stress of dealing with the probate process. Whether you need assistance writing a will, developing a trust or ensuring a family member’s safety, contact Ramón Law Firm at (956) 627-3070. I have a solid understanding of the probate process in Texas and can help you prepare the right documents to ensure your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes.
Talk to a knowledgeable probate lawyer about how you can minimize the money and time you spend involved in the probate process on behalf of a deceased individual. Call Ramón Law Office at (956) 627-3070 or fill out the contact form provided here.