An Attorney’s Guidance and Counsel
Estate planning is not a one-size-fits-all area of law. Hiring an attorney to provide you with the right estate plan for your individual situation — for your family — is an important decision. Each situation differs. Each family differs. Hiring an estate planning attorney who works specifically in these areas means working with someone who understands what would be best for your particular situation. And creating a relationship with an attorney to work in these areas allows your attorney to get to know you and your family’s needs, making sure your plan is as individualized as you are.
If you are trying to navigate probate after someone has passed away, working with an attorney is essential. McCreary Law Office represents executors, administrators, personal representatives, and successor trustees in noncontested matters. If the matter becomes contested, McCreary Law Office can also make a number of referrals to help you find a legal team to handle litigation.
Working with McCreary Law Office
McCreary Law Office keeps its focus on the areas of law involved in this dedicated branch of the legal world: estate planning including wills and trusts, special needs planning, and probate or trust administration. Staying focused in these niche areas allows the office to devote attention to staying current and educated regarding options, trends, and changes in the law. Jana McCreary chose to focus in these narrow areas because she learned from personal experience the many hazards of “fill-in the-blank” estate plans and the risks when someone does this sort of work as an aside or, more problematic, tries to do it from the Internet. She wants to help clients understand the need for individualized plans.
Planning for Your Peace of Mind
An estate plan is not just a piece of paper; it is peace of mind. Creating this peace of mind is done by building a relationship with an attorney so the attorney can better understand your personal needs and goals and tailor a plan to those. Many factors and life situations should be considered, all which might have an impact on moving forward. Some such considerations include:
- Second (or subsequent) marriages
- Minor or disabled children
- Unmarried couples
- Blended families
- Single adults without children
- Same-sex couples
- Adults with elderly parents or siblings for whom they provide care
- Family members with addiction/gambling issues
- Business owners
- Real estate holdings outside of Texas
In addition to helping clients design unique estate plans that are intended to avoid the expense and delay of a formal probate process, McCreary Law Office also works with clients to formalize advance medical directives and powers of attorney. This planning can help clients carry out their personal wishes upon death or incapacitation.
Investing in the Present to Protect the Future
To get started, schedule an introductory phone call or a consultation to discuss your needs regarding wills, trusts, minor children guardianships, advanced directives, and more. Your consultation is a time to get to know the attorney and for her to understand your goals in creating your personal estate plan. Fees for your actual plan are determined at that time, with your input according to your goals and depending on your specific needs. After all, your plan should be individualized to you and should fit your family, not cut into the same shape as every other plan.