Wills, Probate & Estate Administration

At Tate Moerer & King, we recognize it is difficult for people to talk about how they want decisions to be made if they become incapacitated or how they want their assets distributed upon their death. We prepare legal documents so you can make these important decisions about your future care and your assets.

Documents We Prepare for You

  • Wills. It is important to have a valid will so your assets are distributed upon your death according to your wishes. Otherwise, they will be distributed according to Texas law, which may not include beneficiaries you would choose.
  • Medical Power of Attorney. This document gives a person you trust the power to make healthcare decisions for you when you are unable to make them for yourself.
  • Durable Power of Attorney. This document gives a person you trust the power to make financial decisions on your behalf when you are unable to make them for yourself.
  • Medical Directive. This document allows you to make your own end-of-life care decisions so your wishes will be carried out when you are unable to articulate them.
  • HIPAA Release. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to keep your medical information private. Unless you have signed a release, your healthcare providers are not even supposed to acknowledge that you are a patient. You need a a signed release so those who care about you can obtain information relevant to your care when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
  • Declaration of Guardianship. There are different types of guardianship: guardianship over your person, your estate, and your children. This document allows you to choose a guardian now in the event you need one later. Otherwise, a court will make the decision for you.

Services We Provide for You

  • Uncontested Probate. Even when the will of the decedent is uncontested, it still must go through probate before distribution of assets can take place.
  • Will Contests. Named beneficiaries or those who believe they should be beneficiaries may contest the terms of the will as long as they do so within a certain period of time.
  • Estate Administration. This involves collecting the decedent’s assets, paying the debts and taxes, determining heirs if there is no will, and distributing the assets according to the terms of the will when there is one.

You can trust us at Tate Moerer & King to make sure that your wishes are all in writing and will be followed at the appropriate times.