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Nobody likes to think about the inevitable, but you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be cared for when that day comes. If you are looking for a Wills and Probate attorney in Texas, trust the legal team at Blanchard & Thomas. We will work with you on a personal level to provide a thorough understanding of what you and your family need to appropriately plan your estate. The sooner you get your affairs in order, the sooner you will have the satisfaction that comes with knowing that everything is in place.
A Will is essentially a set of instructions that is carried out after your death. These instructions include how you wish to divide your assets and who you wish to name as guardian for any minor children you may have. As part of making a Will, you will name one or more executors who will oversee the carrying out of your instructions. Many times, the executor is a spouse, adult child, family member, or friend. If a major life event happens, you should consider updating your Will to reflect those changes.
The most important thing about having a Will is it ensures your wishes are followed after your death. Without a Will there is no way to guarantee what happens to your property and assets once you’re gone and it can end up costing much more in legal fees for your loved ones to sort out an estate without a Will than it does to have the will drafted ahead of time.
No. The Will is just the most important document for your loved ones after your death, but an experienced attorney will tell you that good planning involves getting several documents in place now while you are in good physical and mental health, so that if in the future something happens that keeps you from being able to make those decisions on your own, you already have the paperwork in place to be properly cared for by those you trust. This avoids the expense of your loved ones needing to go through the courts to have a guardian appointed after the fact.
Here at Blanchard & Thomas we recommend that while we are drafting your Will, you also allow us to draft a “Power of Attorney Package” for you. It is easy to draft at the same time as the Will and it will protect you in the event you ever become incapacitated either physically or mentally. You simply choose one or two people who you would want to act as your decision makers if the need arose and we can draft the paperwork to give them the abilities you would want them to have.
To schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm, please call 866-219-6119.