San Antonio Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship Attorney
The San Antonio attorneys at Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC can assist you with a variety of needs in planning for your family’s future. Whether you are concerned about planning for issues during your lifetime or after, our attorneys are ready to discuss your concerns, candidly and openly, so that they can find solutions for you.
Our San Antonio lawyers work on three categories of cases to help Texans plan for their future. Estate planning involves preparations for transferring financial and legal affairs into the care of others. Probate cases involve resolving financial and legal affairs after death. Guardianship law ensures that you or another person are cared for during life, but when unable to care for themselves or their finances.
Estate Planning in Texas
Our estate planning lawyers in San Antonio, Texas can help structure your financial and legal matters to avoid future problems. Estate planning is a wide field, dealing with concerns from making sure a business can be run while a principal is incapacitated for medical reasons to giving caregivers the authority to protect your children while they are left in that person’s care. Some of the matters addressed in estate planning include:
- Wills and Trusts
- Medical directives, such as Do Not Resuscitate Orders
- Powers of Attorney
- Avoiding probate by utilizing non-probate assets
- Selecting executors or administrators of estates
Probate Cases in Texas
San Antonio probate lawyers assist people who are responsible for a deceased person’s financial and legal affairs. Typically, probate lawyers help estate administrators obtain the documents they need to transfer assets, pay bills, and settle debts of the estate. Probate is a court process in most cases, so our probate lawyers are familiar with court proceedings and appear with our clients after preparing all of the documents and materials required. They can also advise you on how to dispose of the estate, from creating inventories to resolving legal claims and providing public notice. In the rare event of a contested probate or will contest, our probate lawyers are ready to assist with litigation.
Guardianship in Texas
When people lose the ability to care for themselves, our San Antonio guardianship lawyers can help obtain the authority for someone else to take on that responsibility. Many guardianship clients worry about who will be taking care of them if they become unable to care for themselves. In either situation, incapacitated persons can be cared for by designating a trusted guardian before the need arises or by establishing a guardianship after the ward is already incapacitated. Guardianships can be limited to control over financial affairs (“Guardian of the Estate”) or daily care (“Guardianship of the Person”). Additionally, guardians can be appointed to minors, who lack the capacity for much decision making under Texas law.
Our Lawyers Are Ready to Help with Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship
Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC is a small law firm dedicated to personalized legal representation for our clients in San Antonio and throughout Texas. Don’t hesitate to ask for guidance from our lawyers about you and your loved ones’ needs. Contact us today for a consultation on how we can make the future a little more certain.