Attorney Burton is an experienced wills and estates lawyer who knows how important it is to have proper documentation in place to ensure assets are distributed as clients desire. He has seen too many families struggle with legal and tax messes because loved ones failed to plan, prepared their own wills or even used an online estate planning tool.
He drafts and implements estate plans that ensure proper distribution of assets and beneficial tax liability positioning. He also is skilled in estate administration, probate and will contests.
The firm's estate planning services include:
Attorney Burton is not a tax professional. While he can provide guidance on estate and probate law, he will advise you if you would benefit from advice from a tax professional.
Frequently asked questions about estate planning
Do I need a will?
A will protects your property and can especially be helpful if you want to distribute your property to people other than your relatives. Without a will, state law dictates the distribution of your property. The default plan normally distributes property to relatives.
While it may seem straightforward for you to draft your will yourself, personally-drafted wills tend to be incomplete and are, therefore, invalid under state law. An attorney familiar with Texas estate laws can legally draft a will that is valid in Texas.
Texas law uses a default will for anyone who dies without a will. Typically, the spouse and children of the person who died take the property. If there is no spouse and no children, the decedent's parents take the property, followed by siblings, grandparents, and children of the grandparents. If no close relation can be found, the property eventually belongs to the state. Note, though, that as part of the probate process, the decedent's creditors lay claim to the property after certain allowances for spouse and children.
Attorney Burton believes every client deserves an attorney dedicated to their best interests. Contact Burton Law Firm online or at 713-933-5323, day or night, to see how he can help with everyday legal needs.