Austin Estate Planning Lawyers
If you die in Texas without an estate plan, the court might ultimately need to decide how your assets will be distributed. Fortunately, an experienced estate planning attorney can help you create a legally enforceable estate plan to prevent confusion, protect your interests, and avoid unnecessary costs.
Since 1963, the compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at Minton, Bassett, Flores & Carsey, P.C., have helped individuals like you create estate plans that clearly reflect their wishes. From drafting wills to creating living trusts with advanced directives, our dedicated estate planning lawyers can simplify the process and guide you through each step.
Call us today for your confidential consultation to learn more about how we can help secure your loved ones’ futures.
Why You Need Our Estate Planning and Probate Lawyers
We have a thorough knowledge of the state laws and procedures that must be followed in estate planning and administration. These include the process of asset distribution among family members or other beneficiaries.
Our Estate Planning Services
By hiring Minton, Bassett, Flores & Carsey, P.C., you can depend on an estate planning lawyer in Austin, Texas, to help draft and execute all the important documents involved in estate planning, such as:
- Last Will and Testament – A last will and testament is a legal document that outlines your final wishes. You can appoint a legal guardian for minor children, designate beneficiaries to receive your assets, and explain how you want your surviving family to handle your affairs. A will does not avoid probate. That means the executor must enter the will into probate for a judge to approve the distribution of property.
- Trust – Whether you create a revocable living trust or irrevocable trust, the named beneficiary can access the assets held in trust immediately upon your death without going through probate. A testamentary trust allows assets to pass to beneficiaries through your will and is subject to probate. With a special needs trust, you can set aside funds and assets to benefit a special needs adult or child.
- Powers of Attorney – Multiple types of powers of attorney are available to perform various functions. Your chosen attorney-in-fact will have the authority to manage your medical, financial, or legal affairs if you become incapacitated or incompetent.
- Healthcare Documents and Advanced Directives – An advanced directive specifies the type of medical treatment and end-of-life care you would like if you can no longer speak for yourself. Certain circumstances, such as coma, sudden illness, or incapacitating injury, would apply.
- Directive to Physician – A directive to a physician is also called a living will. It communicates your wishes regarding medical treatment in the future if your condition is terminal or irreversible.
- HIPAA Forms – You can sign a HIPAA authorization, so your designated medical power of attorney has the authority to access your medical records and direct your healthcare team on your care.
- Community Property Agreements – Spouses can sign a community property agreement so a surviving spouse can assume ownership and control over shared assets upon the other’s death.