Frequently Asked Questions
I often hear that it would be better for my family if my estate avoided
probate. Why not go that route rather than a will?
Probate in Texas is actually an efficient and low-cost process. Most of
the horror stories you hear are from other states with different laws. In
the vast majority of cases, a Texas estate will be more quickly and
cheaply administered in probate as opposed to outside it. If you want to
talk more about your options, please feel free to call us.
Why are your fees so much lower than other lawyers?
I know all about large fees-I charged them for twenty-five years. This
practice, however, recognizes the economy of doing many transactions that
are pretty similar. We are very efficient and automated, which allows us
to be much less expensive. On occasion, however, we run into an estate
planning situation different enough that our usual package will not be the
right fit. If that happens, we will talk you through your options.
If I don't have a will won't my family inherit everything anyway?
Probably so. But you might be surprised at the way your assets are
distributed. The process of estate administration without a will is much
more burdensome on your family. Usually the only thing your family wants
is to carry out your wishes. Without a will, "your wishes" can be
impossible to determine.
Why do I need anything besides a will?
An estate plan is much more than instructions about your property. With
a well thought-out plan you can make sure medical and child care issues do
not cause unnecessary unrest for your family. By clearly stating your
wishes on a variety of issues, you will be remembered for your foresight.
Can't I just use a form off the internet?
You can. You can also build a house from blueprints found on the
internet - if you are a good enough carpenter. Seriously, there are issues
we have been trained to spot that you will likely miss. Besides the legal
training question, taking the time to walk through the slightly more
formal procedure will make sure you think through the things important to
you and your family.
How long will it take?
If you have no pressing concerns and provide us with most of the
information we need on the initial form submission we will usually finish
the process in a week to ten days. We can work much faster, if need be. If
you have an emergency, by all means call us at anytime:
How Do I Get To Your Office?
It is easy. Follow this map.
Map of 7111 Bosque Blvd
Waco, TX 76710
Do you handle other matters?
We would be happy to address your other concerns. Just call us at
254.826.6526 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, initial
consultations are always free.