Probate, Trusts, and Wills Lawyers

San Antonio Attorneys

Probate:

Before an estate or total property of a decedent can be distributed it is generally necessary to go through probate. Probate is the court procedure in which many decisions pertaining to the division of the estate are made, including:

  • The validity of the will
  • Verification of decedent's property
  • In the event there is no will, division of the estate will be determined according to the state laws of the decedent.
  • Opportunity is given to unpaid creditors of the decedent to make a claim against the estate.
  • Any estate administration fees accrued will be paid.

Effective administration of an estate through the probate process is vital. A San Antonio probate attorney who is skilled in probate and tax laws can help you preserve the value of the estate for distribution. To protect your rights and ensure the proper distribution of family assets, contact us today for skillful counsel through the probate process.

Will Contest:

Even though a decedent may have left a will, the estate may not be divided according to the specifications of the will if it is shown to be invalid. There are times when the validity of a will may come into question. That is when you need a skillful San Antonio Wills and Probate Lawyer. The court generally allows time for anyone wishing to contest the validity of a will to do so. Grounds for contesting a will include:

  • Finding a later will, thereby nullifying the original will.
  • Incapacity of the decedent at the time the will was made.
  • Undue influence of another on the decedent at the time the will was made.
  • Improper execution of the will including proper signatures, witnesses, and notarization.
  • Forgery of any signature on the will including testator or witnesses.

Will contests are often very emotional, highly charged cases. It is important to seek qualified legal assistance to help you through this very difficult time. Call the our law offices today.

Living Trusts

Anyone with an estate worth $100,000 or more, or subject to estate taxes can benefit from the protection of a Living Trust. Almost anything can be placed in a Living Trust including:

  • Stocks and bonds
  • Savings accounts
  • Real estate
  • Life insurance
  • Personal property

Living Trusts, being private, are not subject to probate. Distributions can be made directly to the beneficiaries by the trustee without any involvement from the courts. A certain type of Living Trust can also minimize estate taxes for married couples. It is important to seek the skillful counsel of a San Antonio Estate & Trust Attorney to help you create an ironclad trust that will protect your estate. Call us today and let us help you begin protecting your assets with a rock solid Living Trust.

Busting Living Trusts

 In some cases the lawfulness of trust may come into question. The legality of a trust can be contested for many reasons including poor construction of trust, or improper execution of Grantor’s wishes by Trustee (e.g. step-parent does not give beneficiaries their shares of the estate upon passing of parent.). A skilled San Antonio Estate & Trust Attorney can help you bust a trust that may be unfair or illegal. Call our offices today to speak with a skilled attorney regarding your options.