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Even if they don't have a plan,
everyone has an estate.

Many people fall under the assumption that if they don't have what they consider to be extreme wealth, then they don't have an estate. This is not the case. Everyone has an estate, and creating an estate plan is the only way to truly protect the people you love and save them from the stress and heartbreak of court after you have passed.

Do you know what would happen to your assets if you were to pass away tomorrow? If your answer is no, it’s time to make a plan. Will Stafford is an experienced Houston estate planning attorney who understands the importance of ensuring your loved ones are protected and provided for.

Protecting your loved ones and making sure your last wishes are honored can't wait. Learn more about the estate planning process today.

Who needs a Houston estate planning attorney?
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you have not yet thought about how you will protect yourself and your family if you were to fall seriously ill or pass away.

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you have minor children and you are concerned about what may happen to them if you and/or your spouse were to become seriously injured or pass away unexpectedly.

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you are worried about how everything you have worked so hard for over your lifetime will be passed on in the event of your death.

What are the consequences of NOT hiring a Houston estate planning attorney?

The value of an estate plan is obvious - knowing that you and your family are protected. In order to truly understand the benefits of a quality estate plan, however, you need to look at what could happen if things go wrong...

Scenario #1

You worked with an estate planning lawyer in the past who failed to name enough beneficiaries or personal representatives in your plan. You now find yourself in a situation where you need to hire a new attorney just to rework your plan that was in place.

Scenario #3

You chose an estate planning lawyer solely because they were inexpensive. Years later, you find out that they rushed through your documents and now you need to hire a much more expensive lawyer to sort through the mess and fix everything.

Scenario #5

An aging parent or close family member passes away only for you to discover they did not have an estate plan in place. You are now left to figure out the details surrounding assets, debts, medical costs, palliative care, and even funeral costs.

Scenario #2

You put together an estate plan yourself that you believe probably covers the basics. When you pass away, however, your heirs discover that important steps were done incorrectly, and now the wrong people end up inheriting your estate.

Scenario #4

You created an estate plan with an experienced attorney years ago that has not been updated since. Failing to update your estate plan will mean that your intended beneficiaries will be left to sort through the mess left behind after you pass away.

Scenario #6

You have a will in place but no documents dictating how things should be handled should you become incapacitated. If something should happen unexpectedly, you may be unable to express your wishes at that time.

Practice Areas

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Estate Tax ​Planning

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Elder Law And Medicaid Planning

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Adult Guardianship And Conservatorship

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Trust ​Administration

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Probate Process

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Asset Protection Planning

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Special Needs Planning

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Planning For Your Children

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Estate Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

A will (also known as last will and testament) is merely one piece of a comprehensive estate plan. For almost every single person, a last will and testament will not be sufficient for their estate planning needs. An experienced estate planning lawyer will be able to help you work through all the pieces of an estate plan (such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance directives, etc) and help make sure that you have everything you need in place.

Estate planning, in its most basic definition, is the act of preparing one’s estate (their financial assets, property, debts, etc) for whatever unforeseen events the future may hold. Most estate plans focus on how assets should be distributed to a person’s heirs in the event of their passing. Additionally, estate planning should cover instructions on how to handle a person’s medical and financial well-being in the event they become incapacitated and are unable to express these wishes themself.

After major life events like marriage, separation/divorce and the birth of a child, you should consider updating your estate plan. The acquisition of new assets is an opportune time to meet with a Houston estate planning attorney to make sure your plan still suits your needs and the needs of your loved ones. An outdated estate plan can result in your assets ending up in the wrong hands.

No two estate plans will be exactly the same, because no two persons’ situations will be exactly the same. That being said, there are a few main components that all estate plans should generally contain, at a minimum. These include a will, a durable power of attorney, and a trust.

Will Stafford is a Houston-based attorney with xx years of experience in estate planning. He assists clients in setting up a thorough and well thought out estate plan so that their wishes can be carried out in the event of their passing. This includes leaving assets to beneficiaries and putting measures in place to help your family avoid stressful legal processes after you’re gone.

Regardless of your age, you need an estate plan if you have attained assets and you have loved ones to protect. It’s difficult to think about, but unexpected incapacity or death can happen at any age. With Stafford Law as your long-term Houston estate planning attorney, you can always update your plan as your life evolves.

With so many do-it-yourself estate planning services, you may be wondering if it’s really necessary to hire a lawyer. While the DIY route may seem to save you money right now, it can have expensive and disastrous consequences in the long run. By not hiring a Houston estate planning attorney, you risk having an incomplete or inadequate estate plan, or one that doesn’t hold up in court. This creates a financial and emotional burden for your grieving loved ones and may result in your assets reaching unintended beneficiaries.