Death, our own or that of a loved one, is never an easy topic to broach. Discussing the eventual disbursement of finances and property after one's death can be both uncomfortable and emotional. But, tackling these topics now can provide financial security and peace of mind to our families at a time when emotions are high.
People often do not realize there are many decisions to be made immediately following a person's death. Burial and interment, probate of the will, guardianship of minor children or special-needs loved ones, and business succession are just a few of the issues grieving family members face. It can be overwhelming. But, considering the legal aspects of death and making financial readjustments now, including proper tax planning, can better prepare you for the future and ensure that your property benefits those who are counting on you.
Seeking legal counsel from an experienced estate planning lawyer is wise. While it is possible to prepare a will for a simple estate yourself, it must be done strictly in accordance with certain statutes, and many people underestimate how difficult this can be. If it's not done exactly right, the court can rule it invalid, and the ultimate distribution of all properties and assets of the deceased fall under control of the courts as the statutes provide. There are also issues regarding taxes, charitable trusts, business succession and guardianships that many people don't even consider as part of their estate planning.
The attorneys of Blazier, Christensen, Browder & Virr, P.C., are now in our fifth decade of providing legal services to families and business owners throughout Central Texas. We can assist in the preservation and transfer of assets while advising clients on sound tax planning. No matter your wealth or income level, we use a variety of legal tools to help you protect your assets.In addition to estate planning, our practice also includes:
- Wills and Trusts
- Probate of Wills
- Estate Administration
- Guardianship of minors and incapacitated adults
- Special-needs trusts
- Business Succession Planning
- Fiduciary litigation
- Asset protection
Through instruments such as wills and trusts, and with business succession planning, we will help you designate the people or organizations that will carry your legacy into the future.
Experienced Central Texas Attorneys
From offices in Austin, our lawyers advise and represent clients in communities throughout Travis County, Caldwell County, Bell County, McLennan County, Hays County, Williamson County and Bastrop County in Central Texas. Call us at512-476-2622 or contact us by email to arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced Austin estate planning attorneys.