Texas Wills and Probate Attorneys Protects Your Estate
Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning for your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Stewart & Wiley can help with all aspects of estate issues, including:
- Estate planning
- Choosing the appropriate executor
- Living wills and other health documents
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We analyze your estate, and we strategize the best means of transferring your assets, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Draft your living will and your last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. While you are alive, but incapacitate, you need legal documents to designate appropriate agents to make your financial and medical decisions. You also can set the parameters for medical intervention under an Advance Directive, or a “living will.” This ensures that, when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish support for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you want to decide where your assets go, and especially important if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative — such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, it is the court that determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pets – making decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Stewart & Wiley can prepare wills to ensure that your intentions are honored and can help you through the process to finalizing a valid, court-acceptable will.
Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You might need to update your will throughout your life. Stewart & Wiley also prepares codicils and other documents to address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will enables you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals.