Wills and Probate Law Firm Protects Assets of Texas Clients
Corpus Christi lawyer has more than 35 years of experience preserving family wealth and security
A will is essential at every stage of your life, providing you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes for what will happen upon your death. 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 beloved pet — and the decisions the court makes might not reflect your desires.
Wills and estates attorney Vaughn L. Westheimer has more than 35 years of experience and can assist by drafting a valid will to ensure your intentions are honored.
Creating an optimal estate plan
Drafting an effective will requires more than filling in a form. If a court determines that your will is invalid, your desires will not be honored upon your death. We meticulously draft your will and consider all aspects of your estate plan. We review your family arrangements, financial situation and philosophical goals to guide you in making the best estate planning decisions, and draft your will accordingly.
Changing your will
As your life evolves, so may your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We can review your will to address changes in your financial situation, marital status, parenthood status, philanthropic interests, and general lifestyle decisions, as well as taking changes in the law into consideration.
Appointing a guardian
Your will allows you to make decisions about the future care of your minor children. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or in the event that both parents die in a common incident. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints one, who may make parental decisions contrary to what you would have wanted. In your will.
We assist executors with the probate process, including collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. When appropriate, we call 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 collectibles for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Texas probate court.
Contact an estate planning lawyer in Texas for a complimentary initial consultation
Law Office of Vaughn L. Westheimer serves clients in Corpus Christi and throughout the surrounding area. Call us at 361-993-5096 or contact us online to schedule a free initial appointment on your estate planning needs.