Probate & Estate Planning

Probate

Families are often torn apart when a loved one dies without having put an estate plan in place. We are committed to helping ensure your wishes are carried out in the event you are incapacitated or lose your life suddenly in an accident or due to illness. We help you put in place an effective estate plan which may include:

  • Last Will and Testament – a simple and straightforward document that if prepared correctly ensures that your property is distributed in accordance with your wishes, after your death, to whom you want, how you want, when you want it.
  • Health Care Directives – or living wills to ensure your medical care wishes are carried out for your end of life care.
  • Powers of Attorney – both medical and financial powers of attorney which give others the right to make certain decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make those decisions yourself.

Probate and Estate Planning

If your family is having to deal with the Texas probate system, you are enduring one of the most difficult and trying times in your life: the loss of a loved one or family member. We at the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., strive to make the process of probate, as simple and as easy as possible for our clients. William D. Bloodworth II, founding attorney of the Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., brings his knowledge of probate law with compassion and empathy for the client’s he serves so that the best possible outcome under the circumstances can be achieved.

The State of Texas has a “streamlined” probate system that allows for a “simple” and “routine” probate of an estate. In many cases, probates can be relatively routine procedures, such as when a person who died, left a properly drafted will. However, most Texans DO NOT have a Last Will and Testament. Therefore, when they die leaving no Will the probate process which can be simple in Texas can become very complicated and very expensive, very quickly. If a person dies without a Will, for example, additional probate procedures are sometimes needed, such as: An Application to declare heirship, which can require an attorney to do genealogy research under some circumstances, appointment of a special attorney by the court to represent unknown heirs, all of which can significantly increase the time and costs of probate. Sometimes a deceased person’s Last Will, and other types of probate cases may be challenged by rival heirs, unhappy relatives, or creditors, making what should be a simple probate a “contested probate” which must be decided by a Probate Judge in a lawsuit.

Many lawyers who handle probate matters DO NOT handle “contested probate” cases, and refer them to other attorneys. The Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., handles a wide range of probate cases from simple probate cases to the more complicated and bitter contested probates, as well as, other litigation involving decedent’s estates. At Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., we provide our clients with vigilant representation. The Bloodworth Law Firm, P.L.L.C., has represented many clients in highly contentious contested probate cases, and obtained very favorable outcomes for their clients.

Estate Planning

Most, if not all, of the trouble and pain suffered in probate and administration can be saved by planning ahead. Families are often torn apart when a loved one dies without having put an estate plan in place. We are committed to helping ensure your wishes are carried out in the event you are incapacitated or lose your life suddenly in an accident or due to illness. Estate Planning is often thought to be expensive and only for the very rich, but this is NOT TRUE. Estate Planning is just that planning for how to handle your estate after your death. If you fail to plan ahead, then the government already had a plan for how your estate will be divided; and you probably won’t like the cost to your family and the trouble the government plan brings to your loved ones. The Bloodworth Law Firm, works with you to listen to your goals and objectives and create a custom estate plan at a minimal expense that will avoid the costly and painful probate process and give what you want… to who you want… when you want. Every device from a “Simple Will” to a customized complex estate plan is available to you from the Bloodworth Law Firm. We listen to our clients and design custom plans designed to meet your unique needs and desires; as we say here at the Bloodworth Law Firm, “the client is the ‘Boss”. This process of planning your estate, does not have to be costly. For instance, “Simple Wills” and other instruments are prepared on a “flat fee” basis, starting at $425.00, per document.1

A simple and inexpensive planning device that can save you and your family much heartache and money is a Power of Attorney; which gives others the right to make certain decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make those decisions yourself for personal affairs (i.e. paying your bills and expenses). Another similar device is a Power of Attorney for Medical Care, which ensures your medical care wishes are carried out for your end of life care. If you become incapacitated by an automobile accident, stroke, or some other unforeseen event, your spouse will not be allowed to make medical treatment decisions for you unless you have planned ahead and created a plan including such things as special powers of attorney designed to give your spouse this power. Many people have come to us after a tragic unforeseen event has occurred and found that it is too late to solve this legal dilemma in a way which is inexpensive without complication. Instead, they are left with complicated, time consuming, and expensive solutions which could have been prevented by a small cost and a little planning. Spending just a little now, can save you and your loved ones literally thousands of dollars and the many troubles of probate/administration later. Keep peace in the family, by working with the Bloodworth Law Firm to plan ahead. Contact the Bloodworth Law Firm and let us show you how to take care of your family and assets after your death the way you have taken during your lifetime.