Avoiding Probate

A properly drafted and funded trust will generally avoid probate. The trust need not be filed with the probate court. Nonetheless, there are still steps necessary to administer the trust: beneficiaries must be contacted; assets must be gathered, valued and managed; potential creditors must be notified; debts, taxes and final expenses must be paid; and, ultimately, any remaining income and assets must be distributed in compliance with the trust terms. Successor trustees often lack the time, resources or knowledge to personally administer the trust, and therefore may call upon legal, accounting, and investment professionals for assistance. Oftentimes, a corporate fiduciary (e.g., a trust company) is an excellent alternative to relying solely on busy family members or friends to serve as trustee. We can help your successor trustee(s) deal with the complexities of administering your trust. Please contact us and we will be happy to schedule a consultation, whether or not our office has drafted the original trust.

Trusts, Limited Family Partnerships, & LLC

Estate planning is not just about what happens when you die. Its never too early in life to start thinking about preserving and protecting your family assets.

  • Irrevocable Trust

  • Revocable Trust

  • Living Trust

  • Special Needs Trust

  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

  • Miller Trust

  • Limited Family Partnership

  • Family LLC

Wills

Edwards Law, PLLC will work closely with you to craft a will that expresses your intentions in clear, unambiguous language. We understand that contemplating succession issues can be difficult, and we handle each decision with the utmost sensitivity.

  • Simple and Complex Wills

  • Living Will (Medical Directive, or "DNR")

  • Pour-over Wills

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney allows a “principal” to designate an “agent” to handle the principal’s affairs in the principal's absence. 

  • Specific Power of Attorney

  • General Power of Attorney

  • Statutory Durable Power of Attorney

  • Medical Power of Attorney

When a loved one has been deemed legally incapable of making critical financial and health care-related decisions, you need documentation in place to provide someone else with the authority to make these decisions on their behalf and in accordance with their wishes. This can be done through seeking and obtaining legal guardianship.

  • Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons

  • Guardianship of Senior with Dementia

  • Guardianship of Disabled Children

  • Guardianship of Persons with Special Needs

  • Guardianship of the Estate

Guardianships

Estate Planning

Along with planning for retirement, planning your estate is a funamental step toward protecting your assets and providing for your family over the long term.  It may seem like something you can keep putting off, but getting your estate in order really should be a priority. It will be hard enough for your family to face the loss of a loved-one without adding to their worries because of a failure to plan for your estate. 

If you do not have a current revocable living trust or will as the centerpeice of your estate plan, or if your estate plan needs to be updated, we can help you.  Edwards Law, PLLC offers personalized one-on-one estate planning services to help give you confidence that your needs and your family's needs will be met. 

Edwards Law, PLLC provides services to its clients in Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, and Tarrant County. Edwards Law, PLLC serves clients in and around Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving, Garland, Grand Prairie, McKinney, Frisco, Mesquite, Carrollton, Denton, Richardson, Lewisville, Addison, Allen, Azle, Bedford, Colleyville, Coppell, Euless, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, The Colony, Trophy Club, and Watauga.

 

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Edwards Law, PLLC is licensed to practice law in Texas only. 

Principal office in Bedford, Texas - By appointment only.

Office: (817) 900-9160

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