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Experienced Texas Estates Attorneys Guide You Through Probate

The process of probate typically accompanies a situation of painful emotional loss. As knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys, we ease the stress of probating your loved one’s estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate
Most executors have never or only rarely probated a will and know little about the process. Our attorneys can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate Texas county probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. Gates, Stein, Gillespie & Trefny has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, we at Gates, Stein, Gillespie & Trefny can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Choosing the appropriate executor
  • Guardianships
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Wills drafting

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort.  We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires. We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Contact a probate and estate planning law firm you can trust
For probate and estate planning services in Columbus and throughout Texas, call Gates, Stein, Gillespie & Trefny at 979.732.2301 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Gates, Stein, Gillespie & Trefny is conveniently located in Columbus
and serves clients throughout south central Texas.