There are few things more important than creating a comprehensive estate plan to ensure that your wishes are carried out as you intend upon your passing. Our Montgomery County estate planning lawyer is here to help ensure that your goals are realized. Contact the Bolton Law Firm, PC today to learn more about how we can assist you.
Why Hire a Montgomery County Estate Planning Lawyer?
A will or testament is a legal document by which a person, the testator, expresses his/her wishes as to how their property is to be distributed at death, and names one or more persons as executor to manage the estate until its final distribution. If a person dies without a will, the State gets to decide when your property is distributed and to whom; the State may also determine who gets custody of your children. Make your wishes known–have the Bolton Law Firm produce your will package today.
A Bolton Law will package either for an individual or couple consists of:
- Last Will and Testament
- Power of Attorney
- Directive to Physicians
- HIPPA Release
- And Revocable Transfer on Death Deed (for an additional fee)
- Other common ancillary documents
The Importance of Writing a Will
Though when most people think of wills simply as documents that allow them to determine how their property will be distributed upon their passing, wills are often so much more. For example, in your will, you can create a guardianship for any minor children you may have. This allows you to declare who you want to care for and raise your children, should you and your spouse be unable to do so on your own, either due to incapacitation, an untimely death, or any other circumstances. If you do not create a guardianship, the court will ultimately decide who should raise your child, and though they will always try to do what’s best for your child, nobody knows what that is better than you do.
The Importance of a Well-Rounded Estate Plan
Wills are very important, but they are not the only critical estate planning document. For example, powers of attorney allow you to appoint a trusted individual who can manage your finances or make certain key medical decisions on your behalf, should you ever become incapacitated. In other cases, you may wish to write a Living Will, which essentially provides guidance regarding whether you would like to receive certain life-prolonging treatments, such as feeding tubes, ventilators, and others. These are just some of the most important estate planning documents, and when you speak with a Montgomery County estate planning lawyer at our firm, you can rest assured that all aspects of your estate are accounted for.
Probate in Texas
When someone dies without transferring assets over to his or her beneficiaries through trusts or other methods, when he or she passes away, his or her estate will most likely enter the probate process. During the probate process, the court will acknowledge the person’s death and ensure that all the decedent’s debts are paid and that the decedent’s assets are properly distributed to their beneficiaries. In most cases, when the decedent passes away with a will, the decedent’s executor or personal representative will file for probate and handle any outstanding debts/ensure assets are distributed accordingly on behalf of the decedent. Generally, the probate process concludes within a matter of months, however, if someone contests the decedent’s will or the original will is lost, the process can take well over a year. This is why it is always best to retain the services of an experienced Montgomery County estate planning lawyer who can help guide you through every step of the probate process to ensure things move along as smoothly as possible.
Contact a Montgomery County Estate Planning Lawyer
Whether you are looking to create your estate plan from scratch or you are simply looking to revise or update an existing one, our firm is here. Contact the Bolton Law Firm, PC so we can get started crafting the estate plan you need to give you the peace of mind you deserve.