Professional Assistance on Estate and Probate Matters
The Law Office of Paula R. Moore provides a selection of legal services that will address your current estate law needs. Whether it's conducting probate proceedings or drafting your will, you can count on me to ensure your wishes are known and upheld.
Legal Document Drafting
I work closely with you to create legal documents that will serve as extensions of your will and intent in the event you are unable to exclaim them. Each document serves a specific purpose, so key details must be ironed out before they are certified.
You can rely on me to assist you in drafting the following:
There are contents required in a will and procedure for execution of the document that make it a “valid will.” Certain other provisions may be skillfully drafted that set out requests of the “Testator” that tailor it to The Estate.
The Texas Estates Code contemplates a relatively smooth administration process from the initiation with a Texas Probate Court to the distribution of the estate assets.
This document’s most commonly seen function is to allow medical providers to treat a patient who is unable to provide consent or make decisions.
The maker designates agents, usually trusted family or friends, to act in their stead or to assist with treatment decisions.
This document grants authority to the designated agent to engage in an array of transactions involving the maker’s financial matters. The language is set out by Texas Statute and promulgated by the Texas Legislature.
This document allows attending medical professionals to know, with certainty, the maker’s wishes should a decision about life-sustaining treatment be required.
An example of this type of document is a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.
Types of Probate Proceedings
The Independent Administration
This type of proceeding is the most common in the probate court. It is created where a proper will states that an independent executor can be appointed, making this the proceeding with the least court involvement and, hence, avoiding increased costs.
An independent proceeding may also be allowed under conditions where the will is defective, and all named beneficiaries agree or where there is no will and all heirs of the deceased agree to this proceeding.
The Dependent Administration
A probate court-supervised proceeding. It may be created even where there is a will but is most commonly seen where there is no will. Typically, this is made when:
- There are difficult issues to be addressed.
- There is a contest to the will, named heirs, and/or the appointed estate representative.
- There are disagreements between all involved parties.
This proceeding carries significant actions resulting in increased but unavoidable expense.
Contact my office today to set up a legal consultation with me regarding your current estate law or probate case. I am more than happy to help you get your affairs in order and resolve all issues related to the distribution of your assets.