When a loved one passes away the last thing anyone wants to deal with a legal process such as probate. Rather than dealing with all the reporting requirements and other tasks associated with distributing the assets and debts of an estate, you should seek out the experienced counsel of a law firm that routinely handles these types of matters. This way, you can focus on attending to your family and the grieving process, while having peace of mind knowing that all of the decedent's affairs are handled efficiently and correctly.
No matter how simple or complex the estate may seem, the lawyers at the law firm of Patel Ervin PLLC can help you navigate the probate process properly. Our probate services include representing you in obtaining probate for a decedent's estate or pursuing an heirship in the absence of a will.
The probate process in Texas is at the forefront nationally in the ease of the process to surviving family members. However, you need proper representation in order to bypass the hurdles that remain and ensure that your case is completed in the most expeditious and cost effective way possible. This can include Independent Administration, Probate as a Muniment of Title or other cost effective and quick processes for adjudicating your case.
Our probate practice includes representing executors and beneficiaries. We can also assist individuals, heirs, creditors, interested third parties and professional fiduciaries including trustees, agents, principals who have issues regarding the distribution of the estate.
We are here to stand by your side throughout the process, answering questions and providing timely updates so that all interested parties are aware of progress being made in completing the probate process. Our goal is to distribute the estate and comply with all probate requirements in the most efficient and effective manner as possible, with an eye towards avoiding delay, expense, or conflict.
Our attorneys have walked in your shoes having been routinely appointed by the probate courts in heirship matters as well as serving as administrator in disputed estates. This first hand experience allows our attorneys to prepare our clients for the obstacles that arise as well as provide advice on how to avoid potential conflicts. We know first hand that the last thing anyone wants is for this process to drawn out unnecessarily. After dealing with the death of a loved one, the last thing anyone wants to do is to be dealing with attorneys and court. We will work efficiently to make sure the process is as painless as possible.
When the need arises though, our lawyers also routinely handle probate matters that need to be litigated such as will contests, removals or challenges to named executors, accountings, claim disputes.
Do you want to ensure that your assets are passed down efficiently and effectively to the people you care about? Do you want to build your estate plan in a way that minimizes costs associated with probate court? Do you think effective Estate Planning is expensive and time consuming? No matter how complex your estate may seem, the lawyers at the law firm of Patel Ervin PLLC can help you create a plan.
We offer wills and trusts that are customized to each client's needs and cost-effective. People in Houston and the surrounding parts of Texas turn to us for effective Estate . You can count on us to provide wills and trusts that are designed to provide an outcome that is right for you and your loved ones.
Wills: The State of Texas has a system determining who will receive your property. A will allows you to direct to whom and how your property will be divided. Texas allows you to name an executor (the person who handles your estate) to serve without court supervision. A properly planned will can allow you to name guardians for your children, create a testamentary trust and determine the manner in which your property is distributed to your heirs. However, a will is just one component of an estate plan and, along with other ancillary documents.
Trusts: Trusts are extremely flexible. Like a will, a trust's goal is to plan and outline who gets what. Unlike a will, a trust is valid upon its execution. Trusts can be used to hold assets for loved ones who, due to age or experience can no longer care for themselves. Unlike other states with cumbersome probate systems, living trusts are rarely necessary in Texas; however, a trust is a powerful tool in any estate plan to ensure the preservation of assets for a particular purpose. Certain types of trusts are also particularly effective at minimizing estate taxes.
Durable Power of Attorney: These are important and often overlooked components in estate planning. A Durable Power of Attorney allows a designated person to handle your finances.
Medical Power of Attorney: A Medical Power of Attorney dictates a spokesperson to communicate with your doctors and make medical decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so. A Medical Power of Attorney is often drafted in conjunction with an Advanced Directive to coordinate communication regarding end of life decision making.
Advanced Directive: Often referred to as a Living Will, this document informs your loved ones of your wishes regarding end-of-life care. In the absence of an Advanced Directive your doctors and loved ones will have to try to ascertain what your wishes are regarding end of life care. Many people are concerned with putting in a document their wishes regarding such a personal and important decision. An Advanced Directive can be drafted in coordination with a Medical Power of Attorney to allow a trusted person to inform doctors of what care you want or do not want in emergencies and during end of life decision making.
Initial Consultation: The Patel Ervin Estate Planning Process begins with a simple phone call. During this call, the attorneys will try and understand the basic goals the client is striving for in their Estate Planning. Some clients come into the phone call with just an idea that they need to have something drafted while other have been through the Estate Planning process before and just need to update their documents. Regardless, Patel Ervin Dinn will take the time to make sure you are comfortable with the process and not only get the information you need to move forward, but, in many instances, help you ask the questions that you and your family need to ask themselves before moving forward in the Estate Planning Process. At the the end of the call, you will be asked for contact information to forward a questionnaire to get more details to help the attorneys at Patel Ervin draft your customized Estate Plan.
Estate Planning Questionnaire: At Patel Ervin , we forward each of our clients a questionnaire to help them gather the information needed to draft an effective Estate Plan. This includes financial information, including organizing all the accounts that will need to be addressed in an Estate Plan along with the persons the clients want to appoint to handle their Estate. Once the Questionnaire is returned from the client, Patel Ervin will review the client's answers along with any questions that surface along the way to determine the price to move forward with the drafting of the Estate Plan.
Flat Fee Structure: For 99% of clients, a flat fee structure is the most appropriate fee structure. During our legal careers, one of the most vexing problems facing clients was the uncertainty of legal fees in dealing with an attorney. We take the guesswork out of this process. You will know the price of the documents before Patel Ervin begins any work. Patel Ervin has found a flat fee structure removes the stress from the attorney-client relationship and allows the Estate Plan to be a more collaborative process.