Established Texas Probate Attorney Assists Estate Administration
Detailed advice so that assets are distributed correctly and efficiently
Mishandled probate issues can linger for years and consume much of the estate at issue. As an experienced attorney familiar with Texas probate law, I take pride in guiding families through a fair, expeditious probate process. At my firm, Martin M. Hokanson, Attorney at Law, you can expect clear communication and skilled administration of even the most complicated probate issues. If you are now planning how your estate should be handled, I will help you draft documents that make your instructions clear. No matter the value of the property at hand or whether disputes exist, you benefit from having an established advocate on your side.
Developing a strategy to meet each client’s individual needs
When we first discuss your estate matter, I take the time to learn not only the basic facts but also the unique factors that motivate you and the other potential beneficiaries. From there, we will formulate a comprehensive plan to complete the process, which can include:
- Comprehensive estate management — With 35 years of experience, I am skilled at marshaling a decedent’s property, even when it might be difficult to locate. From there, I make sure everything is collected and brought into the estate and make each required payment and communication. Finally, when the estate is ready to be dispersed, I execute each beneficiary transaction efficiently.
- Independent administration — Most Texas wills instruct executors to use this form of probate. With this option, estate transactions are made without court supervision. In this matter, I communicate with the court and manage the estate with the same attention to detail associated with judicial administration.
- Dependent administration — This form of probate is necessary if a person dies without leaving a will. It is a more formal means of estate distribution. I will work to see that the bonding requirement is fulfilled and work with the court to make the necessary transactions.
I understand that estate matters come at a difficult time for a family and may lead to heated disputes between relatives. Litigation is usually not the ideal option, but if a dispute requires court intervention, I am thoroughly prepared to provide strong representation.
Drafting authoritative documents to direct important decisions
When working with individuals and families who seek to preserve and pass on their hard-earned property, I provide comprehensive advice at an affordable rate. After learning your priorities, I can discuss with you a full range of options, including:
- Wills — No matter the size of your estate, a will is necessary to transfer assets in the way you wish at your death. Otherwise, state law decides where your property winds up. Before we start drafting the document, we will discuss tax implications, contingency planning and specific distributions you wish to make.
- Trusts — These instruments can serve as a useful means of transferring property without probate and might offer tax benefits for you. I will help you evaluate the many options that exist based on your plans for the assets and the control you wish to maintain.
- Powers of attorney — A vital aspect of estate planning is to establish clear directions for medical and financial issues in case you become incapacitated at some point.
Whatever your decision, I will create with you a clear document that will enforce your wishes. My goal is to serve not only as a professional representative but also as a trusted advisor.
Contact a Texas real estate and probate firm serving Houston-area clients
My firm, Martin M. Hokanson, Attorney at Law, is located in Katy, Texas. I represent clients in real estate, probate and business matters. Call 832-919-7670 or contact me online to schedule a meeting.