Why A Will Is Needed And What It Does

You can accomplish many things by writing a will and keeping it up-to-date. For example, you can appoint guardians to provide for the care of minor children, and you can name trustees to manage any property you might leave to your children. You can ensure that the assets you've worked so hard to accumulate are passed on to the people and organizations you choose in the most tax-efficient way possible. And you can reduce the costs of probate and minimize your estate tax liability as well.

In contrast, if you die without having executed a valid last will and testament, Texas writes your will for you. The property may or may not be distributed the way you want it to be.

A Comprehensive Estate Plan Starts With A Will

At Stephenson Fournier, we draft wills and amendments to existing wills (codicils) that are tailored to address each client's specific circumstances, concerns and goals. We work closely with you throughout the process, and we take great care in crafting these highly personal documents to ensure they fulfill their intended functions when the time comes.

While simple wills work well for many people, estate planning clients who have substantial estates, complicated family dynamics or business interests often require more complex wills. Our attorneys have a great deal of experience in crafting wills that effectively address all of these scenarios and more.

However, because there are some goals that cannot be accomplished solely through the use of a last will and testament, our lawyers take the time to do a thorough review of the complete financial situation and other relevant factors in each case and recommend the use of revocable living trusts whenever appropriate.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your estate planning goals, please contact the Houston law offices of Stephenson Fournier online or at 713-629-9494.