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Texas Wills and Probate Attorneys Protect Your Estate

Preserving family wealth

Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Whitten, Hacker, Hagin, Anderson, Allen & Self, P.C. can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Choosing the appropriate executor
  • Guardianships
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Wills drafting

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 best means of 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.

We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will

As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid 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 decisions 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.

Dedicated Abilene lawyers work to protect your legacy

The attorneys at Whitten, Hacker, Hagin, Anderson, Allen & Self, P.C. possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate taxes
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution

Estate planning

Our experienced attorneys can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts if they would be beneficial to your estate.

Probate

Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about Texas probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the Texas probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professional expert when necessary

Probate disputes

When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. Our Texas attorneys have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. Skillful mediators and litigators, our attorneys can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court when necessary.

Contact a Texas wills & probate law firm to schedule a consultation

For estate planning services in Texas, call Whitten, Hacker, Hagin, Anderson, Allen & Self, P.C. at 325-672-7824 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation at our Abilene office.