We Help Families With Estate Planning And Probate Matters
The creation of a will and other estate planning documents, such as a power of attorney, medical power of attorney, advanced directive, and HIPAA authorization, are an essential part of distributing real and personal property to loved ones after someone’s death and ensuring that end of life decisions are not a burden to family members at a critical time.
At Sanchez & Farrar PLLC, we craft wills that clearly state clients’ wishes, so families can avoid complications stemming from vague or inconsistent wording. Our goal is to protect your assets and your family by helping you plan for the future, ultimately reducing the amount of stress that could arise after your passing. We take care to address all essential topics, and we typically create wills within a week of meeting with clients.
Probate And Will Contests
In addition to their work drafting and updating wills, attorneys Marco A. Sanchez and Jessica C. Farrar help clients to probate existing wills. They work with executors throughout the probate process to ensure the testator’s last wishes are respected and all assets are properly distributed.
They also provide assistance with will contests and have handled contests made on grounds such as:
- Undue influence from a third party
- Mental incapacity
- Illegal terms of technical faults
- The existence of another will or trust
Types Of Wills In Texas
There are three types of wills commonly used in Texas that our attorneys can assist with probating.
- Formal wills: Sometimes called attested or written wills, formal wills are typed documents created by a professional and signed by the testator — the person whose will it is — and two witnesses. Formal wills are often drafted by lawyers and are the most straightforward way to distribute belongings after the testator’s death.
- Holographic wills: Also called handwritten wills, these wills are entirely written by and then signed by the testator. No witnesses are necessary, and no typed addendums can be added.
- Oral wills: Oral wills in Texas can only dictate the allocation of personal property, not real property or large sums of money, and can only be made when the testator is very ill and unable to create a formal or holographic will. Some oral wills necessitate the presence of three witnesses.
Questions About Estate Planning Or Probate?
Reach out to our law firm online or call (512) 518-1584 to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Texas estate lawyer. We keep flexible office hours to best suit our clients’ needs and can work swiftly if you or a loved one needs to quickly draft or probate a will.
We serve clients in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and all surrounding Counties.
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