Or you can imply complete the contact form on this page and under "Comments" indicate that you would like your free copy of the Estate Planning Report. It will be sent to you promptly. This highly informative consumer guide will guide you through the many options available to help you properly plan for your future.
The Law Office of Willie & Dasher provides our clients with counseling and advice in all aspects of Estate Planning in and around the Austin, TX area.
What is Estate Planning?
Estate Planning is simply a means by which you can plan your future by clearly documenting your wishes. It includes things like:
- Living Trusts (also known as Revocable Living Trusts)
- Naming Guardians for Minors
- AB Trusts
- Disclaimer Trusts
- Special Needs Trusts
- Financial Powers of Attorney
- Medical Powers of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Agent to Control Disposition of Remains
- Specialized Estate Planning for Business Owners
- Avoidance of Conservatorships and Guardianships
When Should I Seek the Advice of a Lawyer for Estate Planning?
If you own property, already have children or have recently had an additional child, if you have recently been married or divorced, or if you have had other life changes, you need an estate plan. Having no plan can be disastrous. It is imperative to document your wishes in writing. The consequence of not doing so, is that the State of Texas can determine to whom your property will be distributed, which may not be what you would have wanted.
If you own a business, it is equally important to have an estate plan which clearly defines what happens should you die. Estate Planning for business owners is a complex area. You need an experienced attorney to help guide you through this process and help you properly plan for the future.
Our lawyers have many years of experience dealing with Estate Planning issues and will insure that your estate is set up and distributed exactly according to your wishes.
Probate and Estate Tax Avoidance: The Living Trust
Our experience and expertise often enables our clients to reduce or eliminate death taxes and avoid probate. For instance, did you know that by setting up a living trust, you may avoid probate? It is often highly desirable to avoid Probate, because Probate can be a very long, drawn out, expensive and very public process.
Much like a will, a living trust describes what happens to your property in the event of your death. While you are alive, you remain in complete control and have the power to change the trust at any time. Setting up a living trust allows you to avoid the expense and long delays of probate, and may even save you money on estate taxes. Talk with us to see if this might be an option available to you.
Other Important Estate Planning Documents.
Another important reason to meet with an estate planning lawyer is to set forth in a legal document, your wishes and directives regarding your healthcare and finances. These documents are critical in the event you are rendered unconscious or otherwise unable to state your wishes. Our lawyers can help you draft medical powers of attorney, financial powers of attorney and living wills that will help your family and medical providers make important decisions if you are unable to do so.
Can I Set All Of This Up On My Own?
There is an old adage that you could perform surgery on yourself, but why would you want to? While that is an extreme example, it coveys a strong point: Estate Planning, like surgery is a very complicated and highly specialized and requires someone to be continually up to date on frequent changes taking place. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys understand how to apply these difficult laws to individual situations, to come up with a plan that not only best suits you, but also best protects you.
TO SET UP A FREE CONSULTATION TO DISCUSS ESTATE PLANNING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU, CONTACT US ONLINE OR CALL US AT (512)478-0834.
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