DALLAS PROBATE ATTORNEY
Whether you are in the early stages of asset accumulation or have spent years developing business interests and building a financial portfolio, careful planning with the help of an experienced estate-planning attorney is an important step in protecting and preserving your estate.
The attorneys at Fuller & Eason, located in Dallas, provide individuals and families with sound legal advice and guidance concerning wills, estates and probate matters. We also help clients who are planning for the care of an aging parent, have lost a loved one and need legal advice to guide the estate through probate, or are seeking payment of debts from a decedent’s estate.
A will is the basic building block of an estate plan. If you die without having drafted a Last Will and Testament, the state of Texas will designate how to distribute your property and assets in accordance with state law.
When you seek counsel at Fuller & Eason, we first will get to know more about you, your family, your business situation and your needs. Your attorney will explain your options. We will work with you to prepare an estate plan that meets your objectives in the event you are not able to direct your affairs.
Our firm’s legal services in estate planning include the following areas:
- will formation
- living wills
- inheritance tax minimization
- medical power of attorney
- power of attorney for financial matters
- charitable gift giving
While a will or estate plan sets forth your wishes regarding the eventual distribution of your property and other legal assets, probate administration is the court process that puts wills and trusts into effect. Probate ensures that liabilities, including inheritance taxes, are paid and that assets are distributed according to the decedent’s wishes.
If you are named as an executor of a will or estate, it is crucial that you understand your obligations and duties. For that reason, most courts in Texas that hear probate cases require attorney representation when you apply to administer an estate or admit a will to probate. The extent of legal help you need depends on whether a will was established and the complexity of the estate that must be settled.
No matter where you live, if you have been named executor of a Texas will or estate, you can rely on the competence and professionalism of the attorneys at Fuller & Eason. We will guide you through the probate process, which includes:
- verifying a will/trust
- preparing and publishing notice to creditors
- preparing and filing an estate asset inventory
- paying inheritance taxes
- paying outstanding debts
- distributing assets in an orderly manner
If you have questions about wills, estate planning or probate matters in Texas, regardless of where you are located, call our law office at 214-380-4001 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Learn how our experienced attorneys can be of service.