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Wills & Probate

Sugar Land, Texas Estate Planning Lawyer

At the Law Office of John Millard, P.C., we assist Texas residents in the drafting and preparation of estate plans, in the probate of wills, and the administration of a decedent's estate. Our estate planning lawyer handles matters including:

Simple Wills and Related Documents: A will is a legal document that allows the testator (the person making the will) to direct and control the distribution of property upon death in an economical and efficient manner. Depending on your assets, a combination of wills, trusts and other measures may be the best way to minimize estate taxes and bring about effective asset protection.

Independent Administration and Probate of Wills: Administration and probate, essentially, are what occurs after an estate is set up. Probate is the process of submitting your will to the probate court, administering your estate, and distributing your property in accordance with your will.

Directive to Physicians (Living Will): Texas law allows any competent adult, by signing a directive to physicians (or "living will"), to instruct his or her physician to withhold or withdraw artificial life-sustaining procedures in the event of a terminal condition.

Medical Power of Attorney: The power of attorney for health care grants the agent the power to make health care decisions for the principal if he or she is unable to make them.

Statutory Durable Power of Attorney: A power of attorney grants to another person the authority to manage your property, real estate, or finances if you become disabled, incapacitated, or for any other reason.

Guardianship Declarations: Guardianship declarations for adults specify a person that would manage the day to day care of your person and your property if you ever became incompetent. Guardianship declarations for minors are typically done through a will, but can be done through a stand alone document as well.

SHOULD YOU HAVE A WILL?

If you die without a will in Texas, your estate may incur additional and unnecessary legal expenses and delays in probate court. Surviving families often become entangled in disputes over estates that do not have wills.

On the other hand, if you do have a valid will upon death, your property can pass in a manner that you determine and direct, and, if the will is properly drafted by a skilled estate planning lawyer, it can be distributed in a simple and cost effective fashion.

WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT EXECUTOR?

An independent executor is free to administer your estate according to your wishes with a minimum of court supervision and legal expense. It is a streamlined and simplified probate proceeding. The Law Office of John Millard, P.C. is committed to using such efficient processes in order to save our clients trouble and expense.

(For more information about estate planning, probate, and estate administration, please visit our Estate Planning Information Center and our Probate and Estate Administration E-Newsletter.)

We are ready to help with your Wills & Probate needs at a reasonable cost. We offer a "Texas Wills Package" that includes a Simple Will, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Directive to Physician's (Living Will), and Medical Power of Attorney, all at an affordable price.

DOWNLOAD OUR WILL FORMS NOW IN PDF FORMAT:

Married Will Form

Individual Will Form

Probate Questionnaire

NOTE: In order to download these forms, you must have either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, available for download FREE. The forms take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Once completed, you can print and fax your completed form to (281) 313-6803.

Please contact us with any questions or to consult with our estate planning lawyer. We help people throughout Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Rosenberg, Houston, Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, and other areas of Texas.