Estate Planning

Last Will and TestamentEstate planning is the process of arranging your assets to be distributed legally to the next generation, usually through a Will and/or Trust. Proper planning of an estate helps ensure that your wishes are carried out.

What happens if you choose not to plan your estate? Without a Will, the state will claim your estate as “intestate,” and then it will be up to Texas’s laws to distribute your assets. This process takes a considerable amount of time, and any attorneys’ fees will come straight from the estate, thereby reducing how much of your assets go to your children and children’s children.

Once you plan for your estate, you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have done your best to protect your family and knowing that you have saved them time and legal fees. Proper planning can also maximize the value of your estate by accounting for taxes and expenses in advance.

Even if you’ve had a Will or Trust for a while, it is important to make sure older Wills and Trusts are up to date so that they work properly when they are needed.

Estate planning includes:

  • IRA Inheritance Trust
  • Personal Asset Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Ethical Wills
  • Living Trust
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Trust Planning
  • Retirement Plan Trust
  • Personal Asset Trust
  • Heritage Trust
  • Family Trust
  • Family Wealth Transfer
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Beneficiary Designations
  • Power of Appointments
  • Property Ownership including joint tenancy, rights of survivorship, etc.
  • Burial or cremation arrangements
  • Dissolution of a business
Leigh Hilton is an ACCREDITED ESTATE PLANNER® based in Denton and serving the DFW Metroplex. Areas of practice include:
Wills, Trusts & Estates | Elder Law | Probate Law | Estate Planning