Estate Planning Experience And Perspective You Can Trust
Some people mistakenly believe that estate planning is just for the wealthy or the elderly or that making decisions about the future is something that can be put off until a later time. The fact is, having a proper estate plan in place offers you the best chance of ensuring that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes after you pass, and that your medical and financial affairs will be handled the way you want should you become incapacitated. Moreover, it relieves the burden of decision-making on those you leave behind.
At the Law Office of James T. Fletcher, we have helped Texans throughout Friendswood, Pearland and the surrounding areas protect their property and their loved ones through estate planning for three decades. Call 281-648-7780 or contact us online to discuss your estate planning options with experienced Texas attorney James Fletcher.
Estate Planning Tools
At our firm, we will take the time to learn your situation and advise you on the best methods for meeting your goals. We will help you understand your estate planning options and create a plan tailored to address your specific needs and situation.
- At a minimum, every adult should have a will. A will allows you to name an executor for your estate and determine how your personal and real property will be distributed after you pass away. If you have minor children, you can also name a guardian who will care for them if you die. If you wish, your will can provide for an independent executor who will administer your estate without the supervision of the probate court.
- By putting your assets into a living trust for a trustee to distribute after your death, you can help your loved ones avoid expensive and lengthy probate proceedings. I will help you structure this document, along with your will, to reduce tax liability on your estate. Living trusts are particularly advantageous if you own property in multiple states. Moreover, it can also function as an asset management tool while you are still alive. If you become incapacitated, your trustee will manage your assets, thereby allowing you to avoid costly and lengthy guardianship proceedings.
- Through a durable power of attorney, you can name an agent to handle your financial, business and property affairs. This authority can take effect immediately or at a time and under conditions you specify.
- Medical powers of attorney let you name the person you want to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
- A living will/directive to a physician sets out your wishes regarding medical treatment and life-sustaining measures if you are in a terminal or irreversible medical condition. These directives include DNR (do not resuscitate) orders.
- A separate designation of a guardian allows you to determine in advance who you want to be your guardian if you become unable to communicate your decisions due to physical or mental incapacity.
Backed by decades of experience, you can rely on us to provide knowledgeable and trustworthy counsel as we work together to craft an estate plan to achieve your goals.
Contact An Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer
Conveniently located near the intersection of State FM 518 and FSM 528, our office is easily accessible to clients throughout the Galveston Bay region. We are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with meetings at other times and locations by appointment.
We offer reasonable fees, with both flat and hourly rates available. For your convenience, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express.