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Establishing a Will in Texas

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A will is a document you prepare for your loved ones to consult in the event of your death. Primarily, it instructs them on how to resolve your estate and determines which assets are passed down to specific descendants. Additionally, a "living will" can provide instructions and powers to loved ones in the event that you become mentally incapacitated. If you are interested in establishing either of these crucial estate planning documents, it is recommended that you speak with proven legal counsel for assistance.

At Shelander Law Offices, we have helped numerous clients establish wills that have not only prepared their estate for the future but also provided them peace of mind. With more than 50 years of experience, our firm is ready to assess your estate and help you establish a will tailored to your specific needs and concerns.

Want to learn more about how our firm can assist you in this sensitive process? Fill out our online form to request a consultation today.

What a Will Can Do

Perhaps one of the biggest misunderstandings about estate planning is that only the very rich need wills to properly manage their estate. This is wrong, and every estate, no matter what the size, can benefit from a well-crafted, legally sound will.

In Texas, a will can:

  • Name a trusted executor to resolve your estate
  • Pass down assets to named beneficiaries
  • Settle outstanding debts and taxes
  • Make charitable donations
  • Name a trusted guardian for minor children or elderly loved ones
  • Name a trusted agent to handle medical decisions
  • Name a trusted agent to handle financial decisions

Perhaps most importantly, a will prevents your loved ones from descending into a complex, contentious probate process after your passing. In the absence of a will, Texas intestacy laws may decide how your estate is distributed, as well. A proper will can ensure the swift resolution of your estate and ensure that your loved ones receive exactly what you intended.

Want to learn more about your will options? Call our compassionate and insightful Beaumont estate planning attorneys at (409) 204-0895 today.

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    Tara Shelander


    Tara Shelander offers a lot of energy, diligence, and motivation to serve you, as our client. Tara has a background in business and entrepreneurship. She has experience litigating cases involving business practices, contempt of court, child support, child custodydivorce, and criminal cases.

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    Mel W. Shelander


    Mel W. Shelander has practiced law at the same location for over 35 years, successfully handling thousands of different kinds of cases for clients throughout Texas. As a lawyer, he is intentionally not board-certified in any one area of practice because he does not want to narrow his practice to one specific area. Not only can he help in family law matters, but also personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, business law, and landlord-tenant matters. As his client, you benefit from this ...
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    Colette Shelander


    Colette Shelander was born and raised in Beaumont. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2014 and she obtained a Master’s Degree of Criminal Justice at Lamar University. She then attended law school in Charleston, South Carolina and returned right back to her hometown after graduation. She has the energy and drive to fight hard to get you what you deserve. She has served as an EMT so she performs well under pressure, and she will show the same compassion for you as she did ...

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