Estate Planning And Probate
Offering Comprehensive Estate Planning And Probate Services
While many people recognize the benefits associated with executing a valid will, there are many other estate planning tools that can be used to protect assets, reduce tax obligations and ensure one’s heathcare preferences are respected.
At Starr Law Firm, our attorneys have substantial knowledge of estate planning instruments and the probate process. We offer comprehensive estate planning, business succession planning and probate services.
Customizing Your Estate Plan According To Your Wishes
Everyone can benefit from a well-crafted estate plan. Whether you have a business, family, own a home, have a bank account, or just want to ensure that your healthcare wishes are fulfilled, our attorneys can develop a personalized estate plan and/or business succession plan that accomplishes the short term and long term goals of your family and business.
Our firm offers customized estate plans estate plans and business succession plans by developing plans that incorporate a variety of instruments, including:
- Wills and trusts
- Powers of attorney
- Healthcare directives
- Family limited partnerships
When dealing with something as important as estate planning and business succession planning, it is imperative that you seek guidance from a law firm you can trust. While some individuals may try to draft their own will and Powers of Attorney, it can be easy to overlook details that may make it difficult for your heirs or agents to enforce your wishes.
At Starr Law Firm, we can help you clarify your wishes and draft the appropriate documents to ensure that they are legally enforceable. We can also help you structure your current assets in order to avoid unnecessary or excessive estate taxes down the road and have experience creating special needs trusts to care for developmentally disabled children and relatives without impacting their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
We focus on understanding our clients’ goals and helping them find practical solutions for their concerns. So whether we are drafting a Will, establishing a Trust, or crafting a business succession plan, you will have the peace of mind that your heirs and your business interests will be protected.
Guiding You Through The Probate Process
In Texas, probate is the legal process to ensure the orderly and legal transfer of property from a decedent to the person(s) entitled to receive the property; or, in short, the legal process in which the estate of a decedent is administered. Each person’s circumstances are unique but the probate process may include proving the validity of the will, the appointment of an Executor or Personal Representative, locating heirs, inventorying and distributing assets, dealing with creditors and paying debts, and closing out the estate.
With decades of combined probate experience, our attorneys have a deep understanding of Texas’ probate laws and processes and can recommend the right probate process for your unique circumstances. We handle a number of different issues connected with probate, including:
- Probate of Wills
- Probate Alternatives
- Muniment of Title
- Heirship Determinations
- Small Estate Affidavit
- Estate Administration
In some instances, we may be able to advise you of probate alternatives that can save you time and expense.
“I recently had the pleasure of working with attorney Laura Starr on my estate planning. The determination of needs process was thorough and efficient. She courteously answered all of my questions and concerns. The documents were prepared in the agreed-upon time and executed in her office. Overall the experience was very positive. I feel confident that her recommendations and legal expertise has provided me with the best estate plan possible. “
-A Former Client
“Very professional and friendly
We had our estate documents prepared by Laura. Despite being a young attorney, one may think she has no experience. My experience with her is the contrary. She was very approachable and answered all the questions we had and had a lot of suggestions. She came across very professional yet friendly.
Highly recommend her!”
-Laszlo, Former Client