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Estate Planning FAQ

Our Dallas Estate Planning Lawyer Explains

What is estate planning?

Estate planning in Texas is the legal process set to distribute assets and handle liabilities in a way that upholds the best interest of the individual involved. This system protects the intentions of the individual, as well as beneficiaries and heirs. After an individual dies, estate planning directs how specific matters should be handled, such as your requests involving the responsibility and custody of children and your belongings. It usually includes a trust, will, and other important information regarding the worth of the estate that will be distributed to your surviving loved ones.

Why do I need to bother with estate planning?

Individuals who do not create a will before they depart can create numerous issues for their loved ones afterwards. Following a death, assets are taxed and can leave heirs very little. In order to protect these assets and the desired way for them to be distributed, an individual can invest in estate planning. A Dallas estate planning lawyer can greatly assist in helping you establish your intentions legally. Contact Carol Butrus for help in this regard.

What exactly is a will?

Following the death of an individual, a will is the properly executed instructions regarding what that individual wished for their belongings, assets, and liabilities. It allows a deceased individual to ensure that their interests will be met after their departure and that important issues regarding personal and financial matters will be settled.

What is probate?

Probate establishes the legitimacy of a will or trust within the legal system in the Texas court. When no will is left, the state becomes the deciding party regarding how assets are to be distributed, rather than according to the will of the deceased.

When you have questions regarding estate planning or executing a will, contact a Dallas estate planning attorney for answers.

Carol Willis Butrus, Attorney at Law - Dallas Estate Planning Attorney
Located at 2500 Dallas Parkway, Suite 600 Plano, TX 75093. View Map
Phone: (972) 325-7516 | Local Phone: (469) 440-5401.