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Estate Planning Lawyer, Atascosa County, TX

If you live in Atascosa County and have not yet completed your estate planning, call the Cain Law Office while there is still time.

Life in Atascosa is a kaleidoscope of events, people, choices, and consequences. Only one outcome, however, is certain. At some point, we all have to pass on and leave behind everything we have built and gathered to those we love. When this happens is entirely out of your control, but how you do so is entirely up to you.

San Antonio-area estate planning attorney David Cain has seen, in 30 years of experience, two paths people tend to go down. One path leads to a smooth transition of wealth between generations, with a well-organized will, or better still, a carefully crafted trust. The other path all too commonly leaves Atascosa County families struggling (or fighting) through Probate Court down in Jourdanton.

The difference has nothing to do with their income, families, careers, or even how well they were liked or loved. No, the difference is estate planning.

What Is Estate Planning And What Do You Need To Do?

If death is moving on, then estate planning is the process of packing your bags. It includes the preparation of legal documents, procedures, and plans for what will happen to your assets and property when you die. But it also includes other measures that can kick in while you are still alive, such as healthcare provisions or powers of attorney for when you are incapacitated.

But the core component of any estate plan will always be the document(s) that capture your wishes for how (and to whom) your belongings and property will be distributed. Here, you have another choice: you can either rely exclusively on a will or go the extra step of creating a trust.

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What Is The Difference Between Estate Planning With A Will Or With A Trust?

Estate Planning Lawyer, Atascosa County, TX

Each and every resident of Atascosa County will need a different estate plan. After all, your home, wealth, and family differ from everyone else’s. Therefore, you deserve a plan that is built around yours, that is personalized to your situation and your wishes.

To do so, however, you have two main paths you can travel: drafting a will or creating a trust. A will is the standard stereotypical “last will and testament” that merely outlines your wishes and preferences for how your estate should be distributed among your family members, loved ones, and other beneficiaries. Putting it into action, called “executing it,” however, still requires going through probate, where someone, usually a family member, must administer the process.

A trust, on the other hand, is a more advanced estate planning practice that involves transferring the ownership of your assets and property to the trust before you die. This means that your family will not have to go through probate while giving you even greater control over how your wealth or property is distributed after you go.

However, if you do not have one or both, what happens to your estate and your family after you are gone will be entirely out of your control.

What Are The Perils Of Texas Probate In Atascosa County?

If estate planning is packing up, dying without is akin to leaving unexpectedly without any preparation. Except during travel, only you bear the consequences of such a mistake; with your estate, your family and loved ones will bear those costs.

When you die without a will, your estate still goes through probate so that the ownership of your belongings can be transferred to new beneficiaries. But without a will, you have no say in how they are distributed; that privilege goes to default Texas succession laws.

This means you could easily end up passing everything down to an ungrateful child or, worse, an ex you hate. The lack of will or trust also leaves your estate more vulnerable to challenges or conflicts during the probate procedures. This will only add additional cost, duration, and stress to what will surely already be a difficult process for your family.

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By What Age Do I Need To Start Planning My Estate In Atascosa County?

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Here is where our travel metaphor starts to break down. When you are planning a trip, you know the exact date you will be leaving Atascosa County, and procrastinators can start packing the night before. Death and incapacitation, however, can strike at any time. A car accident on a Texas highway or a sudden illness can steal us away from our loved ones before we have the time to complete our estate planning.

The good thing about estate planning is that writing a will or funding a trust is not like locking your things up in a shipping container; you can do the work of planning your estate long before you believe you might need it. You can change your mind and adjust details with ease as life changes, but you cannot go back and write anything down once you are gone.

Thus, the best time to start planning your estate is always now. And the best way to do so is always with the help of an experienced estate planning lawyer.

Plan Your Estate With A Trusted Atascosa County Attorney

David Cain - Over 30 years of experience helping Atascosa County residents with their estate planning or probate needs.

The best way to plan any trip is always to ask someone who has planned one, or many, before. Whether you are looking to get started on your estate plan for the first time, update aspects of it, or are dealing with probate after the passing of a loved one, the Cain Law Office will be able to help.

The sooner you reach out to estate planning attorney David Cain, the sooner you can start benefiting from his 30 years of experience in the field, and the sooner you can find the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are packed and ready to go if the time comes.

All you have to do is call (210) 761-5002 or book a free consultation online to get started.

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