Estate Planning in Houston, TX: Where and When to Begin
Contrary to popular opinion, estate planning is not just for the aged or the wealthy: it’s for virtually anyone who wants to plan wisely for the future, protect their assets, and ensure that their family will be able to act in accordance with their wishes in the event of serious injury, incapacitation, or death—whether expected or unexpected.
You may not want to think about it, but a serious accident or illness could strike at any time—regardless of your age or health status. Unfortunately, many people push off estate planning until it’s too late; perhaps because they don’t yet know how they want their assets dispersed among their loved ones once they pass, they don’t understand the need for and benefits of estate planning, they simply can’t find the time to sit down and do it.
The estate planning attorneys at Hegwood Law Group in Houston, TX understand how challenging it can be to take that first step toward developing an estate plan, and they’ve worked with hundreds of people who start the process with apprehension and anxiety. As a result, they are fully prepared to help you through every step of the estate planning process while never losing sight of the fact that in one way or another, you will have to address emotionally challenging topics. With a reputation of not only knowing what they’re doing but truly caring about who they’re doing it for, the attorneys at Hegwood Law Group in Houston, TX will make you feel at ease, ensure that you are well-informed prior to each decision, and take care of all the small details for you in order to expedite the overall process.
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Understanding and Navigating the Process of Probate in Houston, TX
If you’re not quite sure what the process of probate entails or whether or not you’ll have to deal with it, you’re not alone. Probate can be a lengthy, expensive, and complicated process, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right kind of estate planning and a qualified probate attorney, you can limit the hassle of probate and ensure that most of your assets pass to your beneficiaries outside of probate.
When you sit down with the probate attorneys at Hegwood Law Group, they will explain what each of the two types of formal probate processes in Houston, TX entail, which assets will have to go through the probate process and which are exempt, how to plan in a way that protects certain assets from the probate process, and whether or not your estate may be eligible for summary probate,
If your loved one has died without a will and you aren’t sure where to even begin, the probate attorneys at Hegwood Law Group can help with that too. In addition to helping you locate and gather the many documents required by the probate process, they will inform you of the state and federal guidelines that apply to your situation, and do everything in their power to understand and carry out your loved one’s wishes.
“Not only is Kim Hegwood a good LTC attorney, but her associate Meghna Patel is as well! They are both the nicest, caring people! Kim's all women staff are professional and friendly. It is apparent they love working for Kim which makes for a comfortable stress free environment for the client! I was very impressed. Definitely will refer all my friends!. Kudos ladies!” - Susan JonesRead More
Are You a Veteran? Make Sure You’re Enjoying Every Last Benefit
Veterans are entitled to a number of benefits, some of which many veterans are unaware. If you suspect that you or a loved one is not receiving the benefits that are owed, look no further than Hegwood Law Group. The experienced attorneys at this firm can review your situation and let you know whether any of the following benefits apply:
- Long-term care coverage and survivor benefits through Aid and Attendance
- Death benefits including funeral and burial costs
- Educational/training credits through the Government Issued Bill (G.I. Bill)
- Eligibility for high-value and low-premium life insurance policies
- Free tax preparation services
- Assistance with mortgage arrears