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Wills, Probates and Estate Planning

Getting financial affairs in order is an important step in planning ahead for your family. A family attorney can help make sure that your assets go to the right people according to your final wishes. This makes the process easier on your loved ones and prevents fighting and potentially expensive litigation.

Why Choose HMP

Haney.Moorman.Paschal, P.C. has served the Huntsville, Texas community for many years, bringing a combined 30 years of experience in probate, family, and personal injury law. Clients choose us for our community-oriented approach and open, honest communication practices.

We are a full-service law firm and our attorneys will handle all aspects of your case, including trial representation, filing paperwork, and conducting necessary investigations.

  • Our firm can help you with any of your legal needs. We handle everything from consultation to settlement, including all the paperwork and investigation.
  • We have a strong connection to our local community. We are familiar with the courts and can provide our clients with a strong network of professionals.
  • Partner, David Moorman, is certified as a mediator, to assist you with your family law issue. Our office space can comfortably accommodate larger groups during mediation.

Texas Probate Law

Probate is the process of dividing up a deceased person’s estate following their death. It can range in complexity depending on the size and diversity of the deceased’s estate.

At the beginning of the probate process, a judge will review the will and enter an order approving the will. Once the judge has determined the will is valid and approved the will, the judge will then have the executor or executrix take an oath. After the oath, the judge will sign an order probating the will and issue letters testamentary. The letters testamentary are crucial for the executor or executrix to have in order to disperse estate funds and handle estate matters.

Under Texas law, the executor must gather all estate assets after someone dies. From these assets, the estate will need to pay the deceased’s remaining debts if the debts are determined to be valid. After debt repayment, the remaining assets are distributed as per instructions in the will or, if no will, according to guidelines set by Texas laws.

Some assets are not subject to the probate process, including:

  • Life insurance benefits
  • Survivor’s benefits
  • Property held as joint tenancy with rights of survivorship
  • Community property subject to survivorship rights
  • Property held as joint tenancy with rights of survivorship

Sometimes, certain disputes will arise in the probate process.  These disputes are difficult to deal with while still dealing with the loss of a loved one.  We pride ourselves on helping family navigate these difficult disputes.

How to Create a Will in Texas

A last will and testament is a crucial document, helping protect your assets and family following your death. All adults should have a last will and testament to avoid your assets becoming subject to Texas’s intestacy laws. You do not need a lawyer to make a will in Texas, but an attorney can help you clear up any potential legal issues and prevent problems.

Texas Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document where you give another person the power to make decisions on your behalf. You may want to create a power of attorney so that someone you trust handles your finances in the event that you become mentally or physically incapacitated.

You can create a power of attorney document for numerous purposes. You can give the other person broad power, limited powers, or powers upon the condition that you are disabled. You can also give someone powers to make medical decisions on your behalf.

Contact HMP Today

If you need assistance with probate, wills, or power of attorney documents, Haney.Moorman.Paschal, P.C. can help. We have years of litigation experience involving end-of-life matters and will gladly assist you with your case. To schedule a free personal injury consultation at our Huntsville, Texas offices, contact us today.