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San Antonio Probate Attorney

Finding the right probate attorney for your needs

When a person passes away, the grief associated with that loss is difficult to manage. But when legal matters related to the estate become part of the equation, grief can quickly turn to anger, causing, even more, pain for family members.

That’s why it is essential to do as much pre-planning as possible with your estate. You can direct the disposition of your assets and assign who will manage the job as an executor, minimizing problems when you pass away.

In some cases, after a person passes away, the job of executor will overwhelm the person so named. When that happens, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced probate attorney.

In San Antonio, and throughout the state of Texas, there are two types of probate attorneys who can be retained to help with estate matters. There are transactional attorneys who help with administrative functions related to probate. There are also attorneys who litigate probate issues where legal matters occur because an executor is doing a poor job, or the division of assets does not seem appropriate.

Finding a good probate attorney who matches your needs does require some work. It’s imperative that you find somebody who you are compatible with and that you trust.

Many people start by asking friends or business associates for a referral. Word of mouth reputation is often the best way to find a perfect match for your probate needs. Once you have narrowed the list down to two or three possible attorneys, you’ll want to check their biographical information, the Texas state bar association, their professional memberships and special certifications such as being a part of the American Association of Estate Planning Attorneys. And last but not least, make sure you understand their fee structure and how payment works before entering into any agreement.

The Voeller Law Firm proudly serves San Antonio, Bexar County, Schertz, Garden Ridge and nearby Texas communities.

San Antonio Estate Planning

9 things you need to know about estate planning

San Antonio citizens of all ages and levels of wealth should have an estate plan in place.  Here are 9 things you need to know about estate planning.

  • Whether you know it or not, you have an estate.  It’s comprised of everything you own, from your car and your home, to your checking and savings accounts, and all your personal possessions.
  • If you don’t have an estate plan in place, when you die or become disabled, the state of Texas will distribute your assets for you depending on probate laws already on the books.
  • Having an estate plan in place is the best way to have your heirs pay the least amount of taxes, legal fees and court costs.
  • Estate plans are valuable to have in place when you die.  They are an effective means to have your wishes carried out if you become disabled or incapacitated.
  • Having a will in place is only part of the estate planning process.  It does not avoid probate.
  • The best asset protection and transfer mechanism for most people is a revocable living trust.  It helps families avoid probate, prevents court interference and provides the most privacy.  It is also valid in every state and can be changed at any time to reflect the changes in a family’s dynamics.
  • Trusts can be held in place after your death until beneficiaries reach the age you want them to inherit assets.  It can also protect your assets from beneficiaries’ spouses, creditors and poor spending choices.
  • With the help of an attorney, an estate plan can keep all of your estate documents in a single, easy-to-find and easy-to-use document to minimize confusion when you pass away.
  • The Voeller Law Firm proudly serves San Antonio, Bexar County, Schertz, Garden Ridge and nearby Texas communities.

San Antonio LLC Attorney

The benefits of establishing a Limited Liability Company in Texas

If you’re thinking of starting a new business in San Antonio or changing the structure of an existing business, creating a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in Texas can offer several advantages.

With the help of an experienced business attorney, you can set up and enjoy an LLC that combines the best characteristics of a corporation and a partnership.

Protecting your name. When you register as an LLC, you are automatically protected from another business using that name anywhere in the state. This is an important step in developing your brand identity and business image.

Protecting your personal assets. An LLC protects the owners of the company in cases where there might be a lawsuit. While a creditor or a person seeking remuneration can go after the assets of the business, they cannot touch the personal assets of the members of an LLC.

Tax advantages. There are numerous tax advantages to forming an LLC in Texas. With an LLC, operating costs and business expenses can be deducted from the gross revenues of the business, as well as deducting depreciation of company assets that are part of the balance sheet.

Less record keeping requirements. Texas corporations are required to keep extensive records and meeting minutes, but an LLC is exempt from this type of recording keeping requirement. There is also no requirement for an annual shareholder meeting.

More user friendly. Overall, an LLC in Texas is much easier to operate than most other business structures.

Long life. LLCs are set up to extend beyond the death of their owners, creating fewer issues when it comes to transferring ownership or terminating a business.

Less taxation. Unlike corporations, LLC’s are taxed only at the member level, meaning there is no double taxation as there is with a corporation.

The Voeller Law Firm proudly serves San Antonio, Bexar County, Schertz, Garden Ridge and nearby Texas communities.