Practice Areas • Barnes Lipscomb Stewart & Ott PLLC
Serving Clients & Their Families in Austin, TX and Throughout Travis County
Probate & Estate Administration
There can be terrific grief and pain at the loss of a loved one. Beyond grief and pain, when you add external stresses to the equation, you can have a disaster on your hands in very short order.Part of the responsibilities or duties of an executor or administrator of an estate can be to reduce the level of stress during the probate process.
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Fundamental Estate Planning
There are myriad legal strategies you might consider implementing as you design your estate plan. Regardless, there are a handful of "must have" estate planning documents you must create before anything else.
Learn more about the "must have" Estate Planning documents.
"Guardianship" refers to a body of law in which the court appoints a person or entity to care for another's property or person. In Texas, the person or entity that is appointed by the court is referred to as a guardian (some states refer to a guardian as a conservator).
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The vast majority of probate cases and guardianship cases are uncontested. However, conflicts can and do arise, and when that happens it is important to have knowledgeable, competent, and aggressive representation.
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Charitable gift planning can be simple a simple process. For example, you can write a check, hand over cash, transfer stock or sign a quit-claim deed to real estate directly to the charity of your choosing. On the other hand, there are more involved strategies whereby you can give and receive depending on your unique circumstances.
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Special Needs Planning
Special needs is the broad category of requirements and care for individuals suffering from a wide range of physical disabilities, medical conditions, intellectual difficulties, or emotional problems, including physical conditions, learning difficulties, and behavioral problems.
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Estate Tax Planning
A regular visit with your attorney helps ensure that your estate plan would still work as originally designed and provides an opportunity to make any needed course corrections based on your present situation and your future estate tax planning goals.
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If you are starting to think about retirement, then it is also time to think about business succession. You can try to tackle this on your own, but your best bet is enlisting the assistance of an experienced business succession attorney. He or she will have the background and skills to help you plan for the future, putting you and your business in the best position for a profitable and smooth transition when that time comes.
Find out how we can help you preserve your family business.
Asset protection requires careful planning. Threats to your assets can come from a wide variety of potential predators, including future creditors and unnecessary taxes. For such planning to be effective, you will need the help of an experienced estate planning attorney sooner rather than later.
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Focusing on the needs of families and individuals as they age is an important aspect of estate and long-term care planning. With advances in age come advances in health problems. Along with health challenges, we face special legal challenges that need addressing. The body of law addressing these challenges is commonly known as "Elder Law."
Learn more about planning for Long-Term Care.