Texas Estate Planning Law Firm
Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets. Follow the links below to learn more about the practice areas provided at The Wiewel Law Firm:
Fundamental Estate Planning
There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.
Learn more about the Estate Planning process.
Probate & Trust Administration
Probate and trust administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. Assets to be transferred under terms of a will go through probate. Assets transferred outside of a will, such as by operation of law, or those planned for in a trust are handled through an Administration process. Administration also refers to the process whereby assets are transferred by rules of the state when there is no will. We can help make the process easier, more efficient, and provide peace of mind during a difficult time.
Learn more about Probate, Trust and Estate Administration.
Elder Law refers to helping seniors and their families better plan for the possibility that a parent or close friend will need extended long-term care in a nursing home situation.
Learn more about Elder Law.
Special Needs Planning
Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. Parents of children with special needs must make careful estate planning choices to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special care needs of their children – both now and in the future.
Learn more about our Texas Special Needs practice area.
There are many challenges involved when it comes to planning for your blended family. Important matters to consider include disinheriting your ex-spouse, protecting your own children, providing for your new spouse, and minimizing your estate taxes.
Find out how we can help you protect your blended family.
Asset Protection Planning
Asset protection planning involves making prudent decisions today to protect yourself, your business, and your hard-earned assets from loss due to lawsuits, creditors or bankruptcies.
Find out how we can help you protect your assets today.
If something untoward were to happen to you today what would happen to your feathered, finned or furred friends tomorrow? What arrangements have you made for your pets?
Find out how we can help you with planning for your pets.
Estate planning is not an event; it is a lifelong process. Ongoing maintenance is vital to the success of any estate plan. Clients prefer to plan with the living trust rather than a Will because it is marked by flexibility. They want their planning to adjust to meet their changing needs. For these reasons, we have developed the LifePlanning Legal Services™ program, a structured maintenance strategy that will help ensure that your planning works over the long haul.
Learn more about our LifePlanning™ services.
Estate Tax Planning
Historically speaking, the federal estate tax is an excise tax levied on the transfer of a person’s assets after death. In actuality, it is neither a death tax nor an inheritance tax, but more accurately a transfer tax. There are three distinct aspects to federal estate taxes that comprise what is called the Unified Transfer Tax: Estate Taxes, Gift Taxes, and Generation- Skipping Transfer Taxes. Legal planning to avoid or minimize federal estate taxes is both a prudent and an important aspect of comprehensive estate planning.
Learn more about Estate Tax Planning.
We encourage and assist the tradition of giving to charitable causes, including the employment of tax-advantaged strategies that maximize the value of your gift. We help clients make charitable gifts and practice good stewardship in the most tax-efficient manner.
Learn more about Charitable Giving Strategies.