Thoughtful Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys in Stephenville, Texas
Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, P.C. can help with all aspects of trusts, estates and probate issues, including:
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you peace of mind. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.
Drafting your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will (directive to physicians) sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. If you wish to avoid the state determining how your property will be distributed, a will is essential. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, and even who cares for your children as well as making decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, P.C. can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
Changing your will
As your life changes, so may your estate plan. You may want to update your will throughout your life. Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, P.C. drafts valid codicils that 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 allows 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 who may make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals.
The process of probate
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, P.C. have more than 50 years of combined experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the process. Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, P.C. can guide you through all aspects of probate, including:
- Filing the will with the Texas probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Texas probate court.
Powers of attorney
Just as it is essential to plan for your family’s needs after your death, it is essential to plan for your needs prior to your death, especially in the event of incapacity. We can prepare general durable powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney that allow you to direct who can make decisions for you when you are unable. These straight-forward documents can save your loved ones time, money, and heart-ache if the time comes when someone else needs to oversee your financial and medical care.
Contact estate planning and probate lawyers you can trust
For estate planning and probate services in Stephenville, Texas, call Fraser, Wilson & Bryan, P.C. at 254-434-2400, 254-965-7270 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.