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Texas Probate Pros

Probate, Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Waco

Probate

Our Expert Lawyers will navigate the complex probate process and make it simple for the Exector.

Wills and Trusts

Our Law Firm excels at writing Wills and Trusts for every situation.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning isn’t just Wills and Trusts.  It is also Medical Directives, and Powers of Attorney. 

Talk with Texas Probate Pros about your needs and desires so that we can write a Will specifically for you.

About Us

At Texas Probate Pros, we are your dedicated partners in navigating the complexities of estate planning and probate law. Unlike most law firms that are stuck in the 20th century, we are an innovative law firm like none other that you’ve dealt with.  We strive to make all our appointments virtual so that you don’t have to waste time driving to an office, sitting in a lobby waiting for the attorney, moving to a conference room and waiting more only for a 30 minute meeting.  You have better things to do with your time, and frankly, so do we.  For most Estate Planning cases, we can gather all the information we need with a simple questionnaire that you complete at your convenience.  For more complex plans, we may set up a virtual meeting before we draft documents so we are sure we understand the wishes.  Either way, our attorneys will draft professional wills and estate planning documents for your review.  We will then hold a virtual meeting to answer any questions and ensure that the documents reflect your wishes.  We will make any necessary changes and send back a clean copy for you to execute with two witnesses and a notary which you can also set up at your convenience.  We can help find a notary if you need assistance.

With a deep-rooted commitment to the residents of Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, our firm prides itself on delivering compassionate, expert legal guidance tailored to meet your individual needs. Our seasoned team of attorneys brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring that your estate planning, wills, trusts, and probate matters are handled with the utmost care and precision. Understanding that the legal landscape can be daunting, we strive to make our services accessible and understandable, empowering our clients to make informed decisions about their future and the legacy they wish to leave behind. At Texas Probate Pros, we are more than just your attorneys; we are your trusted advisors, committed to providing peace of mind through meticulous planning and steadfast support. Whether you are planning for the future or navigating the probate process, you can count on us to stand by your side every step of the way, ensuring your wishes are honored and your assets are protected. Welcome to Texas Probate Pros, where your legacy is our priority.

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Experience You Can Trust

At Texas Probate Pros, our reputation is built on a foundation of trust, reliability, and unparalleled expertise in the realm of estate planning and probate law. Our clients choose us for our:

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Tailored solutions for each of our clients' unique needs.

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Comprehensive Knowledge of Texas Probate and Estate Planning laws.

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Client-Centered Approach with clear communication and transparency

Our Firm Prioritizes Individuals

At Texas Probate Pros, we hold a fundamental belief that at the heart of every estate plan or probate case lies an individual with unique needs, aspirations, and concerns. This core principle shapes our approach to law, driving us to prioritize personalized attention and tailor our services to the distinct circumstances of each client. We recognize that estate planning and probate issues are not just legal challenges, but deeply personal journeys that require sensitivity, understanding, and a human touch. Our commitment to prioritizing individuals means we take the time to listen, to understand your story, and to craft solutions that not only meet your legal needs but also honor your personal values and wishes. We see our clients as partners in the legal process, ensuring they feel supported, informed, and confident in the decisions they make. At Texas Probate Pros, you’re not just a case number; you’re a valued individual whose peace of mind and legal objectives are our foremost priority.

Our Estate Planning Process

At Texas Probate Pros, we prioritize your time and ours.  We have no needless in-person meetings for estate planning, unlike the majority of law firms that seem stuck in the 20th century.  We learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, that our clients actually preferred virtual meetings rather than coming to our office.  We learned that our lawyers and staff do not need to all be in the same place which allowed us to reduce our office space and therefore our expenses.  We pass that savings on to our clients.

After you decide to hire Texas Probate Pros for your Estate Planning, our intake is done on a form that you complete at your convenience.   After we understand your wishes, for simple estate plans, our attorneys will begin drafting all the necessary estate planning documents.  For more complicated estate plans, we may schedule a virtual meeting to ensure everyone understands what is going to happen and are on the same page.  Either way, our attorneys will draft professional estate planning documents and send them through a secure portal for your review.  After your review, we will set up a virtual meeting to ensure our attorneys answer all your questions and make any final adjustments to your estate planning documents.  When everything is finalized, our attorneys will send you a clean copy for you to print and execute in front of two disinterested witnesses and a notary at your convenience.  Texas Probate Pros can help you find a notary if necessary.  Doing things this way allows us to keep our costs down and pass the savings along to you.  We no longer need to pay three secretaries to be available for witnessing and notarizing estate planning documents and along with the large, expensive office space that is necessary for everyone to be together for these document executions.

Our Probate Process

Similar to our Estate Planning process, our Probate process also facilitates meetings virtually so we do not take more of your time than necessary.  Because Probate requires in-person court appearances, we only offer Probate services in areas where we can easily travel to.  But, since our lawyers work virtually, we can cover many of the major cities in texas such as San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, Austin, Waco, Temple, and College Station.

At our initial meeting, our attorneys will need (you can scan and email to us for the initial meeting);

  • A copy of the death certificate
  • A copy of the will (if there is one) – IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOT REMOVE ANY STAPLES FROM THIS DOCUMENT WHEN YOU SCAN IT
  • Copies of any additional estate planning documents or trusts
  • A list of all assets and liabilities
  • Contact information for all heirs.

After our first meeting, our attorneys can file the Probate Petition in the county where the decedent lived.  This officially opens the probate case in the court.  The executor will need to appear in Probate Court with the lawyer and bring the original copy of the will (if applicable) and an original, certified copy of the death certificate.  At this court appearance, the court will appoint an executor (if named in the will) or an administrator (if no will or if the named executor cannot serve).

After the probate court appearance, the attorney will send an official notice of probate proceeding to all heirs and beneficiaries.  These documents will be mailed and require a signature because the court requires proof of service of each notice.

We will then need to get an inventory and appraisal of all assets owned by the decedent.  For this, you will list everything the decedent owns, including homes, bank accounts, investment accounts, and any other assets.  We will also need to have an appraisal for these.

After we understand the assets and debts, the attorney will directly notify all known creditors.  The attorney will also publish a notice to creditors in a local newspaper so that all unknown creditors will be on notice.

Only after all creditors have been paid can the remaining assets be distributed to the heirs. or beneficiaries according to the will or state law.

Why Not Use Do-It-Yourself Services?

In the digital age, the convenience of online “do-it-yourself” services for creating wills and estate planning documents can be tempting. However, while these services may appear cost-effective at first glance, they often fall short in providing the robust legal protection and personalized advice that only a licensed attorney can offer.

Firstly, estate planning is not merely about drafting documents—it’s about understanding the client’s unique financial and familial circumstances and tailoring a plan that aligns with their specific needs and goals. Licensed attorneys, such as those at Texas Probate Pros, bring a depth of knowledge in state-specific laws and can navigate complex legal frameworks. This is crucial because Texas has unique provisions and requirements for wills and estate planning that generic online services may not adequately address. For example, Texas law has specific mandates regarding the execution and witnessing of wills, which, if not followed precisely, could render a will invalid.  Our probate attorneys see it all the time, wills are invalid because the online service they used didn’t follow Texas laws.

Whether online do-it-yourself wills conform to Texas Laws is just the start.  Our will preparation attorneys almost always have to write very specific instructions to conform the will to someone’s desires.  Licensed attorneys have the training and experience to know how to word things so that they will be valid and specific enough to properly express your wishes.  Wills are scrutinized during the probate process.  If even something as small as a comma is in the wrong place or missing, it can change the entire meaning of the sentence.  Licensed attorneys know how to avoid these traps.

Our probate attorneys have also seen do-it-yourself wills contested more often than professionally written wills.  Handling a death in the family is painful and difficult.  Sometimes it brings out the worst in people, especially when money is involved.  You owe it to yourself to do everything in your power to prevent expensive and emotionally draining will contests during probate.  Something as simple as having a will professionally written can significantly reduce the liklihood that your family will contest your will.

Moreover, estate plans often include sensitive decisions about guardianship, trusts for children, and directives for medical care, which require careful consideration and professional judgment. Attorneys can provide valuable guidance on these matters, helping to prevent potential future disputes and ensuring that your wishes are honored. Online services typically offer a one-size-fits-all solution that might overlook important elements like tax implications and the efficient transfer of assets.

Additionally, engaging with a licensed attorney for your estate planning offers the benefit of building a relationship with a professional who understands your background and can adjust your estate plan as your life changes. Life events such as marriages, divorces, births, and deaths can significantly impact your estate planning needs. An attorney from Texas Probate Pros can proactively update your documents to reflect these changes, ensuring that your estate plan remains effective and relevant over time.

In conclusion, while online services might seem convenient and cheap, the risks and oversights associated with such platforms can ultimately be much more costly. Investing in a professionally crafted estate plan from a licensed attorney like those at Texas Probate Pros ensures that your estate is handled according to your exact wishes, providing peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

What Cities Does Texas Probate Pros Service for Estate Planning?

HoustonSan AntonioDallasAustinFort WorthEl Paso
ArlingtonCorpus ChristiPlanoLubbockLaredoIrving
GarlandFriscoMcKinneyAmarilloGrand PrairieBrownsville
KilleenDentonMesquitePasadenaMcAllenWaco
MidlandLewisvilleCarrolltonRound RockAbilenePearland
College StationThe WoodlandsRichardsonLeague CityOdessaBeaumont
AllenNew BraunfelsTylerSugar LandConroeEdinburg
Wichita FallsSan AngeloGeorgetownTempleBryanMission City
BaytownLongviewPharrLeanderFlower MoundMansfield
Cedar ParkMissouri CitySan MarcosHarlingenNorth Richland HillsRowlett
VictoriaPflugervilleSpringKyleWylieEuless
Little ElmTexas CityDeSotoPort ArthurBurlesonGalveston
RockwallGrapevineHuntsvilleCedar HillBedfordSherman
WaxahachieKellerThe ColonyHaltom CityCelinaSchertz
ChannelviewWeslacoFulshearProsperCoppellMidlothian
RosenbergFriendswoodLancasterHurstDuncanvilleHutto
Copperas CoveWeatherfordMission BendLa PorteFarmers BranchSan Juan
CiboloCleburneSeguinTexarkanaForneyDel Rio
Harker HeightsTimberwood ParkLufkinDeer ParkGreenvilleSachse
NacogdochesCanyon LakeSouthlakeConverseAlvinEagle Pass
PrincetonLake JacksonAnnaBalch SpringsKatyDenison
ColleyvilleCorsicanaFort HoodBeltonSaginawParis
Universal CityKerrvilleCloverleafFateKingsvilleSan Benito
BenbrookHorizonRoyse CityMarshallCorinthEnnis
FresnoMelissaSiennaWataugaPecan GroveBig Spring
Brushy CreekStephenvilleUniversal CityBoerneTerrellPortland

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