Wills probate and guardianship

Wills, Guardianship & Probate

Senior Managing Partner Shari Goldsberry personally handles the firm's estate planning practice—including  wills, guardianship and probate matters.

Whether you simply need to create a will or are involved in a contentious probate dispute, Shari will help you navigate these difficult and often trying issues.

Shari understands that the preservation of your wealth, the execution of your wishes, and access to what is rightfully yours are all matters of great importance. That's why she gains a comprehensive understanding of your situation, and considers the broad array of implications—to make sure your estate is prepared for inevitable contingencies. 

In a word, Shari uses her legal expertise and real-world experience to greatly simplify what many view as an impossibly complicated process—and she does so with your legacy in mind.

Call Goldsberry & Associates today for a free consultation at 281-533-3030.

Wills

For most families, having a will is a crucial part of protecting their family along with having health insurance, life insurance and wearing seat-belts. Our clients are amazed at the peace of mind you get knowing that your estate, whether it is just a family home and some life insurance or a sizeable estate including a business, substantial funds and real estate holdings goes to the loved ones you want to have them.

Today’s families come in all shapes and sizes.  More common than not we have a “yours, mine and ours” situations.  A Will is a very important tool to make sure that the particular family members inherit according to your desires.

The very most important thing that can be secured with a Will is the Guardianship of your minor children in the event of the untimely death of both parents.  With a will, you can not only designate who raises your children, but also who controls and manages the funds you have left for them to do so.

Probate

When a family member passes, the process where the assets under the Will are distributed is called “Probate.”  Texas law provides many avenues to affordably probate a Will.    When dealing with our Probate clients, we are careful to keep in mind that they are not just dealing with the legal issues of asset distribution, but also the recent death of a loved one.

 

Heirship

 

An “Heirship Proceeding” is necessary when an individual dies without a Will.  If there are minimal assets (such as just a home), there is an avenue under Texas Law to do this quickly and affordably. The challenge come when there are minor children and/or substantial assets.   If you are faced with an Heirship situation, we understand the hassle and confusion that comes with taking care of all the financial issues as well as the emotional side of what is usually the unexpected loss and untimely death of a family member.

Guardianship

One of the most common Guardianships is when an elderly loved one is unable to take care of themselves.  Also, Guardianships come into play for disabled adults and minor children who have lost their parents. This is a delicate area of the law.   Quite often the emotions run high in considering how best to handle what once was a vibrant self-sufficient adult now  dependent on others to make life decisions for them.

 

Wills, Guardianship & Probate

Goldsberry & Associates handles a wide array of estate issues, including:

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Dependent Administration
  • Independent Administration
  • Probate as Muniment of Title
  • Heirship Proceedings
  • Small Estate Affidavit
  • Probate and Non-Probate Assets
  • Insurance policies
  • IRAs
  • KEOGHs
  • Pensions
  • Profit sharing plans
  • 401(k) plans
  • Property owned in joint tenancy with a right of survivorship
  • Assets in trusts
  • Money held in Transfer on Death (TOD) bank accounts
  • Money held in Payable on Death (POD) bank accounts
  • Testamentary Trust
  • Revocable Trust
  • Irrevocable Trust
  • Special Needs Trust
  • Charitable Trust
  • Education Trust
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust
  • Spendthrift Trusts
  • Crummey Trusts
  • QTIP Trusts
  • Texas Powers of Attorney
  • Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • HIPPA Waiver
  • Directive to Physician
  • Guardian of the Person
  • Guardian of the Estate
  • Guardianship of a Minor
  • Guardianship of an Adult
  • Designation of Guardian

 

Our Clients Say...

Shari Goldsberry is a caring and compassionate attorney. She has a very unique style and ability to settle even very contentious cases. I recommend that you call her for a consultation.
Lori Elaine Laird, Attorney | Houston, TX

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