Houston Estate Planning Lawyer
It can be difficult for some individuals to consider the notion of hiring an estate planning lawyer because it forces them to consider their own mortality and answer challenging questions about what happens when they pass away or if they become incapacitated. It is the job of our experienced estate planning attorney to guide clients through these difficult questions to arrive at a comprehensive estate plan.
Houston Estate Planning Lawyers — Representation That Prepares For The Future
At the Law Office of Troy M. Moore, PLLC, as your attorney, we apply legal understanding and experienced perspective to your situation to help you create an estate plan that comprehensively protects and provides for your loved ones, accomplishing your goals. We have more than a decade of experience assisting clients through a broad array of difficulties. As your estate planning attorney in Houston, we provide sound legal advice and thoughtful guidance throughout the legal process, and we have helped countless clients develop effective estate plans that take multiple contingencies into account.
Our estate planning and administration of estate services span the spectrum of vehicles and directives to ensure that our clients’ interests are fully protected. That is our commitment to you as your estate planning lawyer. Since we are a Houston estate planning lawyer’s office, we would like to provide some basic information to you about what we provide for you in the way of estate planning services. See the following for more information:
- Your Last Will & Testament is a legal document that sets out the plan for who receives your assets after you die, as well as who is in charge of carrying out the terms of the Will. That person is known as the Executor.
- Click here to learn more about what a Last Will & Testament is.
- A revocable living trust is an estate planning device that creates a new legal person (i.e. the Trust) to which the “Trustor” or “Settlor” can then transfer their property into the name of the Trust. This helps to effectuate a speedy transfer of assets after death while avoiding probate at the same time. These are very easy to set up but they do require some effort on your part to use them effectively.
- Click here for more information about Revocable Living Trusts.
- If you need a medical power of attorney and you do not have one — it’s too late! Delegate who can make your medical decisions for you when you cannot by having our estate planning law firm assist you with creating your Medical Power of Attorney. A power of attorney in general is a legal document that designates a third party to make your decisions for you. The Medical Power of Attorney designates and delegates the medical decision-making for you, in the event you become incapacitated, to another person.
- For more detailed information on a Medical Power of Attorney, please Click Here.
- Just like the medical power of attorney, if you need a power of attorney for financial decisions and you do not have one — it’s too late! If you do not have a Financial Power of Attorney / Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, and you become incapacitated, nobody else will be able to manage your financial affairs until they are appointed as the Guardian of your Estate while you are alive. This is an incredibly formal process that is very expensive and time consuming. By using a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, you can designate another person who can make your financial decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated.
- For more information on a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, please Click Here.
- What is a Living Will? Many times, people confuse a Living Will and a Last Will & Testament. A Living Will is also formally called a Directive to Physicians. The Living Will directs your doctor whether to provide life supporting treatment or not in the event you have been diagnosed with a terminal or irreversible condition and you are incapacitated.
- For more detailed information, please Click Here for our detailed explanation.
- You can also read our blog post about this by clicking here, or watch our Youtube video on this subject by clicking here.
- Self-directed IRAs are a great estate planning tool to build wealth and plan for your retirement at the same time. You can take checkbook control over your IRA assets! You do not need to be limited to an invisible custodian who makes decisions on your investments. You can use your self-directed IRA to purchase land, rental property, and many other items as investment opportunities. However, you should consult with an experienced self-directed IRA attorney who can set up your customized operating agreement so that you do not run afoul of IRS tax law.
- For more detailed information on setting up your Self-Directed IRA with a Texas Self-Directed IRA attorney, please Click Here.
- Special Needs Trust (a/k/a Supplemental Needs Trust)
- A special needs trust, also called a supplemental needs trust, is a specialized trust that provides for supplemental money and other items to be given to a person with a disability without disqualifying the disabled person from receiving governmental support payments. These are truly vital to maintaining the well-being and mental health of the disabled person, since government assistance payments are only provided for those who are very poor “on paper.”
- The Special Needs Trust is used in estate planning for adult incapacitated persons. It allows a way for a family member to provide for a disabled child or family member once the parent or family member has passed away and can no longer care for the disable person. It also provides for a way to give property to the disabled property during the parent or family member’s lifetime without jeopardizing government benefits.
- For a more detailed explanation of the special needs trust, please Click Here.
- Asset Protection
- For anyone concerned about their Estate when they die, or what steps can ben taken during their lifetime to protect assets, call on a Houston asset protection attorney who is familiar with all types of estate planning that assist with Asset Protection.
- Please Click Here for more information on an asset protection law firm services that we offer.
Together with you, we anticipate any future issues and provide solutions tailored to your situation.
Take Charge of Where your Assets Go
Estate planning gives an individual power over the dispensation of his or her estate after death, including naming all beneficiaries. Determining in advance who gets what and when gives clients peace of mind knowing that their wishes have been clearly spelled out. Please fill out the following Estate Planning Questionnaire to begin the process.
To learn more about our estate planning services and how we can help you plan for the future and provide for those you love, please contact our Houston law firm today at 281-970-8039. We are located on the Northwest side of Houston, conveniently serving the Cypress, Tomball, Spring, Magnolia, and Montgomery area.