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ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE
TRUSTED LEGAL COUNSEL FOR ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE
A Gibbs Nolte Campos PLLC, an estate lawyer can work closely with you to ensure your final wishes are carried out to the letter. We have helped people avoid some of the tragic events that can leave loved ones at risk by helping them craft the right type of plan for their estate.
HOW A MCKINNEY ESTATE LAWYER CAN HELP
Whether you need a sophisticated legal strategy or you have a modest nest egg you want passed down to your children, we offer a variety of estate planning services. We can help, for example, with a business succession plan, arrange contingencies for financial and medical decision-making in the event of your sudden incapacitation, and much more. When you choose an estate lawyer with Gibbs Nolte Campos PLLC, you will benefit from our skill and experience in this area of the law.
WILLS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY, AND PHYSICIAN DIRECTIVES
We have successfully dealt with many different complex issues regarding estates, helped find equitable resolutions to conflicts, and also assisted in helping heirs avoid potential tax complications. We represent a diverse client base, and we have handled a wide range of unique circumstances. We can be helpful in drafting wills, powers of attorney, and physician directives. You will always be able to count on us to keep the lines of communication open so that you will be fully informed regarding all your estate-related needs.
TESTATE PROBATES (PROBATE WITH A WILL)
A testate administration is a probate case where the decedent left a will. Gibbs Nolte Campos PLLC will provide affordable flat rates when the case has no complicating factors. A simple testate probate usually involves a valid original will, which names an independent executor. Probate is the process of proving up a will in court as valid. In most cases, a will can only be probated within 4 years of the date of the decedent's death. Usually, the named executor in the will is responsible for hiring an attorney to perform the probate. The attorney will file an application for probate, along with the original will. A prove-up hearing will be set where the will is proven to be valid before the court. The court will issue Letters of Testamentary giving the executor authority to act on behalf of the estate. Testate probate proceedings are often necessary to properly transfer assets to beneficiaries of the will. It is important to use a competent probate lawyer to navigate the probate process. Contact us to get your FREE consultation to help you through the probate process.
INTESTATE PROBATES (PROBATE WITHOUT A WILL)
An intestate estate administration is a probate case where the decedent passed away without a will. A probate case of this nature is more complicated than estates where the decedent left a will. When a person dies without a will, Texas law determines how that decedent’s assets are distributed. The Texas Estates Code specifies the heirs-at-law or who inherits property from the decedent’s estate. Many kinds of assets will require a probate to be done in court so that assets can be properly distributed to the heirs.
In order to get the intestate probate process started, a relative of the decedent, who will inherit property from the estate, will hire an attorney to perform the probate. The attorney will file an Application to Determine Heirship and for Letters of Administration. The court will then appoint an attorney ad litem to investigate who are the decedent's heirs-at-law. After the attorney ad litem’s investigation is complete, a prove-up hearing will be set, and the court will determine who are the appropriate heirs-at-law. The court will issue Letters of Administration giving the Administrator authority to act on behalf of the estate. Intestate probate proceedings are often necessary to properly transfer assets to heirs. It is important to use a competent probate lawyer to navigate the probate process. Contact us to get your FREE consultation to help you through the probate process.
Guardianship is a probate proceeding where an incapacitated adult is appointed a guardian to care for and make decisions for them. Setting up a guardianship for an incapacitated requires the proper filings and procedures through the probate court. Whether families are in agreement as to who will serve as guardian, or if it is contested as to who will serve as guardian, it is important to hire a lawyer with a good understanding of the law to assist you with the proceedings. An attorney will file an application for guardianship with the court. The incapacitated person must be given proper notice and the court will appoint an attorney ad litem to represent the incapacitated person’s interest. Ultimately, the court will hear the issues and merits associated with the appointment of a guardian and decide about the appointment. A Guardianship can be necessary to protect an individual that has become incapacitated. It is important to use a competent guardianship lawyer to navigate the process involved with having a guardian appointed. Contact us to get your FREE consultation to help you through the Guardianship process.
CONTACT A MCKINNEY ESTATE ATTORNEY
If you do not have an estate lawyer to help put the proper safeguards in place, you run the risk of not being able to share your lifetime of accomplishments with the ones you love. Learn more about how we can help by scheduling a confidential consultation. Contact us online or give us a call at 972-562-0266.