Wills and Probate
Regardless of age, deciding to draft a will is one of the most important decisions you can make for your loved ones. Wills and other estate planning tools can provide you with peace of mind, knowing that your wishes will be complied with. Effective planning can also reduce the burden on your loved ones by providing certainty and clarity, and can also eliminate questions as to your desires.
Life carries many unexpected twists and turns. You can take control by managing uncertainty and risk through estate planning tools such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health directives. Protect your family members and their legacies. Wills allow for you to direct where your estate assets go at the time of your death. A will is also especially important for those with minor children because it allows you to choose a guardian for your children in the unfortunate event of your death.
Estate planning tools are not just important for the wealthy. A health directive and medical power of attorney can offer your loved ones peace of mind by making your intentions clear when it comes to medical decisions in the event you become incapacitated. If you become incapacitated, a durable power of attorney will allow you to choose who can handle your financial affairs, avoiding the expense of court intervention. Depending on your unique situation, different kinds of trusts can help to accomplish your estate planning goals. Mr. Repka can advise you on what kind of planning will help you fulfill your objectives for you and your family.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without having to worry about the associated legal process. If your loved one has died with or without a will, Mr. Repka can assist you with the process of handling the estate.
The process of handling a deceased persons estate can vary significantly depending on the circumstances. If a person passes away leaving a will, the process commonly involves initiating proceedings in the probate court and having the will formally recognized as being valid. If a person dies without leaving a will, court proceedings may be necessary, or less formal procedures may be appropriate.
Administering the estate of a deceased loved one is especially important when their estate involves title to real property, which can include land or a home. Mr. Repka is experienced in Texas land title work. He can advise you on the law regarding ownership of real property upon a person's death and assist you with title issues.