A Last Will and Testament is an instrument by which a person makes a disposition or gift of his or her property. The gifts do not take effect until the death of the testator (the person making the Will). To be valid, the Will must meet the requirements and formalities of state law. Attorney Jesus R. Lopez is knowledgeable about all aspects of drafting wills under Texas law—whether the Will is simple or complex. They will help ensure that your assets reach your intended beneficiaries after your death.
If you die intestate (without making a Will), you do not get to choose who will receive your probate assets. The state government decides for you, and each state’s laws are different. In Texas, if you die intestate, the persons who inherit from you depend upon whether you are married or single, whether you have children, and other factors. It also may depend upon the nature of your property.
A directive to physicians otherwise known as a living will allows your last wishes to be honored and gives you peace of mind. With a medical power of attorney and a living will, Terri Schiavo’s wishes and desires would have been known.
A statutory power of attorney can help avoid a costly guardianship proceeding should you become incapacitated. You can select an individual or individuals to act on your behalf should you not be able to act on your own. Without this document, your estate may have to incur costly legal expenses to have a guardian appointed to make those decisions for you.
Estate planning is for everyone, young and old, rich or poor, it is imperative to plan ahead and avoid costly legal problems. Make an appointment to see how we can help you with the following issues:
Living Will/Directive to Physicians
Statutory Power of Attorney