Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only the very wealthy who can benefit from estate planning law or who might want to hire an estate planning attorney. If you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death and that your heirs and beneficiaries are looked after in the way you intended, a good estate planning lawyer will bring you peace of mind. Here at the State Bar Attorneys Directory, we list thousands of estate planning law firms across the United States - all of which have been screened and verified for your security.

Holman Law
12222 Merit Drive
Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75251

Holman Law LLP is a top-rated Texas Estate Planning & Elder Care law firm serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. We represent clients who seek planning prior to requiring long-term care (including Medicaid planning) or clients who are faced with an immediate, custodial-care situation, and also specialize in estate administration. Need a Dallas estate planning or elder care attorney? Contact… Unclaimed: Claim this business

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Holman Law
12222 Merit Drive
Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75251

Holman Law LLP is a top-rated Texas Estate Planning & Elder Care law firm serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. We represent clients who seek planning prior to requiring long-term care (including Medicaid planning) or clients who are faced with an immediate, custodial-care situation, and also specialize in estate administration. Need a Dallas estate planning or elder care attorney? Contact… Unclaimed: Claim this business

Carroll Law Office
3 Lakeway Centre Court
Suite 200
Austin, TX 78734

Carroll Law Office is dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with quality estate planning and elder law resources. We provide comprehensive, tailored estate planning services to meet all of our clients' needs. Our firm is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Members of the Academy concentrate their law practices in the area of estate…

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Phone(512) 347-7526

Carroll Law Office
3 Lakeway Centre Court
Suite 200
Austin, TX 78734

Carroll Law Office is dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with quality estate planning and elder law resources. We provide comprehensive, tailored estate planning services to meet all of our clients' needs. Our firm is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Members of the Academy concentrate their law practices in the area of estate…

Carroll Troberman, PLLC
1400 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

Welcome to the Carroll Troberman, PLLC website. We proudly serve people throughout the Austin community, and we sincerely care about the well-being of our neighbors and their families. Help is just a phone call away. If you would like to schedule a consultation with our firm, we can be reached at 512-478-3800.

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Phone(512) 478-3800

Carroll Troberman, PLLC
1400 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

Welcome to the Carroll Troberman, PLLC website. We proudly serve people throughout the Austin community, and we sincerely care about the well-being of our neighbors and their families. Help is just a phone call away. If you would like to schedule a consultation with our firm, we can be reached at 512-478-3800.

Charles Kennedy P.C.
2405 Cales Dr
Ste A
Arlington, TX 76013

For over 30 years, attorney Charles Kennedy has been guiding Texas families through legal concerns related to estate planning, probate, medicaid planning, guardianship, elder law, and bankruptcy. If such a concern has arisen in your life -- or even if you're just looking to explore your options -- don't hesitate to reach out. Charles takes the time to help his…

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Phone(817) 795-8843

Charles Kennedy P.C.
2405 Cales Dr
Ste A
Arlington, TX 76013

For over 30 years, attorney Charles Kennedy has been guiding Texas families through legal concerns related to estate planning, probate, medicaid planning, guardianship, elder law, and bankruptcy. If such a concern has arisen in your life -- or even if you're just looking to explore your options -- don't hesitate to reach out. Charles takes the time to help his…

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

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Phone(817) 900-6529

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

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Phone(817) 900-6529

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

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Phone(817) 900-6529

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

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Phone(817) 900-6529

Davidson Law Group
320 Purcey St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Davidson Law Group is a full-service, comprehensive Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. We work to give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances, and to give you the confidence to know that you, and your family, are secure and provided for. Contact us today to start your Estate Planning,…

Doehring & Doehring
2000 S Dairy Ashford Rd
Suite 298
Houston, TX 77077

Doehring & Doehring was originally founded by brothers Sweeney Doehring and Richard Doehring. In the years since Sweeney's passing, Richard has been joined by his nephew David Doehring. For almost a decade now they have worked together to continue to provide the estate planning representation people can depend on. We know how important these matters are for people and we…

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Phone(281) 497-0093

Doehring & Doehring
2000 S Dairy Ashford Rd
Suite 298
Houston, TX 77077

Doehring & Doehring was originally founded by brothers Sweeney Doehring and Richard Doehring. In the years since Sweeney's passing, Richard has been joined by his nephew David Doehring. For almost a decade now they have worked together to continue to provide the estate planning representation people can depend on. We know how important these matters are for people and we…

Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law
2000 S Dairy Ashford Rd
Suite 298
Houston, TX 77077

Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law represents estate planning clients in Houston and throughout West Texas. As a family-owned firm with 50 years of combined experience, we provide trusted legal advice regarding wills, trusts and creating or amending estate plans. We can help you plan for the future by amending estate plans, choosing a power of attorney, understanding the probate…

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Phone(281) 497-0093

Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law
2000 S Dairy Ashford Rd
Suite 298
Houston, TX 77077

Doehring & Doehring Attorneys at Law represents estate planning clients in Houston and throughout West Texas. As a family-owned firm with 50 years of combined experience, we provide trusted legal advice regarding wills, trusts and creating or amending estate plans. We can help you plan for the future by amending estate plans, choosing a power of attorney, understanding the probate…

Ford+Bergner Houston Probate Attorney
700 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002

Ford+Bergner LLP is a "boutique" Texas law firm handling probate, estate planning and guardianship issues. Our Houston and Dallas probate attorneys have devoted their practices solely to assisting clients with their estate planning, probate, guardianship and will needs throughout Texas. We service clients in both the Houston and Dallas areas. Ford+Bergner LLP provides one of the most comprehensive estate planning,…

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Phone(713) 260-3926

Ford+Bergner Houston Probate Attorney
700 Louisiana St
Houston, TX 77002

Ford+Bergner LLP is a "boutique" Texas law firm handling probate, estate planning and guardianship issues. Our Houston and Dallas probate attorneys have devoted their practices solely to assisting clients with their estate planning, probate, guardianship and will needs throughout Texas. We service clients in both the Houston and Dallas areas. Ford+Bergner LLP provides one of the most comprehensive estate planning,…

Gregory Law Firm
1617 Magnolia Ave
Port Neches, TX 77651

Gregory Law Firm is a well-established law firm located in Port Neches, TX that provides a wide range of quality, cost-effective legal services to clients all throughout the Jefferson County, Texas. We strive to meet the legal needs of our individual clients and their families, and of small businesses, by offering personalized service that allows us to understand each client's…

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Phone(409) 727-0900

Gregory Law Firm
1617 Magnolia Ave
Port Neches, TX 77651

Gregory Law Firm is a well-established law firm located in Port Neches, TX that provides a wide range of quality, cost-effective legal services to clients all throughout the Jefferson County, Texas. We strive to meet the legal needs of our individual clients and their families, and of small businesses, by offering personalized service that allows us to understand each client's…

Harrell, Stoebner & Russell, P.C.
2106 Birdcreek Drive
Temple, TX 76502

Harrell, Stoebner & Russell, P.C. is a general-practice law firm serving individuals, families and businesses in Temple and throughout central Texas. We help our clients find practical solutions to whatever legal issues they are facing. Our attorneys are experienced in several practice areas. This allows our firm to provide services to our clients related to a range of legal disciplines,…

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Phone(254) 771-1855

Harrell, Stoebner & Russell, P.C.
2106 Birdcreek Drive
Temple, TX 76502

Harrell, Stoebner & Russell, P.C. is a general-practice law firm serving individuals, families and businesses in Temple and throughout central Texas. We help our clients find practical solutions to whatever legal issues they are facing. Our attorneys are experienced in several practice areas. This allows our firm to provide services to our clients related to a range of legal disciplines,…

Kiefaber & Oliva, LLP
808 Travis St
Suite 1030
Houston, TX 77002

At Kiefaber & Oliva LLP, our focus is on helping businesses achieve long-term objectives through providing experienced transactional advice and representation, and through providing aggressive litigation strategies aimed at seeking the best results for clients (through either settlement or trial). We provide trusted and experienced counsel and develop legal solutions to assist clients in oil and gas matters, transactions, estate…

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Phone(713) 229-0360

Kiefaber & Oliva, LLP
808 Travis St
Suite 1030
Houston, TX 77002

At Kiefaber & Oliva LLP, our focus is on helping businesses achieve long-term objectives through providing experienced transactional advice and representation, and through providing aggressive litigation strategies aimed at seeking the best results for clients (through either settlement or trial). We provide trusted and experienced counsel and develop legal solutions to assist clients in oil and gas matters, transactions, estate…

Law Office of Tawana H. Gray, PLLC
6451 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ste. 100
Arlington, TX 76116

At the Law Office of Tawana H. Gray, PLLC, we are able to successfully serve our clients' estate planning needs no matter how complex or straightforward their goals or situations are. For more than a decade, we have been focused on delivering highly effective estate planning representation and superior personal service that provides our clients with peace of mind while…

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Phone(817) 778-9968

Law Office of Tawana H. Gray, PLLC
6451 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ste. 100
Arlington, TX 76116

At the Law Office of Tawana H. Gray, PLLC, we are able to successfully serve our clients' estate planning needs no matter how complex or straightforward their goals or situations are. For more than a decade, we have been focused on delivering highly effective estate planning representation and superior personal service that provides our clients with peace of mind while…

McCullough & McCullough
323 E Jackson St
Harlingen, TX 78550

McCullough & McCullough is a family owned and family run law firm, bringing decades of experience in delivering quality legal services in Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration in Cameron County and throughout South Texas. Our attorneys also have extensive litigation experience and will work diligently to resolve your issues.

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Phone(956) 423-1234

McCullough & McCullough
323 E Jackson St
Harlingen, TX 78550

McCullough & McCullough is a family owned and family run law firm, bringing decades of experience in delivering quality legal services in Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration in Cameron County and throughout South Texas. Our attorneys also have extensive litigation experience and will work diligently to resolve your issues.

McGee Law Firm
810 W 10th St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

When clients seek estate planning services from the McGee Law Firm, we are tasked with preserving their family history and treasures for many future generations to come. There is no other choice than to completely protect our clients to the full extent of the law and well beyond. Being a boutique firm is a benefit for clients because we are…

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Phone(817) 877-9944

McGee Law Firm
810 W 10th St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

When clients seek estate planning services from the McGee Law Firm, we are tasked with preserving their family history and treasures for many future generations to come. There is no other choice than to completely protect our clients to the full extent of the law and well beyond. Being a boutique firm is a benefit for clients because we are…

Plunk Smith, PLLC
1701 Legacy Dr
Suite 2000
Frisco, TX 75034

At Plunk Smith, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive, and reliable. By providing exceptional client service through individual attention, our firm has become a trusted legal resource for corporate and individual clients alike. To discuss your situation with an experienced Texas attorney, contact our firm today.

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Phone(972) 619-5576

Plunk Smith, PLLC
1701 Legacy Dr
Suite 2000
Frisco, TX 75034

At Plunk Smith, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive, and reliable. By providing exceptional client service through individual attention, our firm has become a trusted legal resource for corporate and individual clients alike. To discuss your situation with an experienced Texas attorney, contact our firm today.

Plunk Smith, PLLC
1701 Legacy Dr
Suite 2000
Frisco, TX 75034

At Plunk Smith, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive, and reliable. By providing exceptional client service through individual attention, our firm has become a trusted legal resource for corporate and individual clients alike. To discuss your situation with an experienced Texas attorney, contact our firm today.

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Phone(972) 619-5576

Plunk Smith, PLLC
1701 Legacy Dr
Suite 2000
Frisco, TX 75034

At Plunk Smith, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive, and reliable. By providing exceptional client service through individual attention, our firm has become a trusted legal resource for corporate and individual clients alike. To discuss your situation with an experienced Texas attorney, contact our firm today.

Plunk Smith, PLLC
1701 Legacy Dr
Suite 2000
Frisco, TX 75034

At Plunk Smith, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive, and reliable. By providing exceptional client service through individual attention, our firm has become a trusted legal resource for corporate and individual clients alike. To discuss your situation with an experienced Texas attorney, contact our firm today.

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Phone(972) 370-3333

Plunk Smith, PLLC
1701 Legacy Dr
Suite 2000
Frisco, TX 75034

At Plunk Smith, PLLC, we pride ourselves on being accessible, responsive, and reliable. By providing exceptional client service through individual attention, our firm has become a trusted legal resource for corporate and individual clients alike. To discuss your situation with an experienced Texas attorney, contact our firm today.

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What is Estate Planning Law?

Your estate is the legal term for your property (real estate), money, and personal belongings at death. Estate planning law is concerned with the proper and legal transfer of your estate in accordance with the law and with your wishes. 

What Does an Estate Planning Lawyer Do?

 

An estate planning lawyer will arrange first of all for your estate to be valued. This involves establishing the total value of everything including your property, your money including shares, investments, and savings, your possessions, including cars and jewelry, and any business interests you may have.

 

Having valued your estate, your estate planning attorney will work to establish your wishes on how those assets should be transferred after your death. They will facilitate all the required legal documents such as your will - including a living will where required. If you wish, they can also set up trusts to manage assets on behalf of one or more beneficiaries. If you have underage children, an estate planning lawyer will also handle your wishes for guardianship of your children should they be left with no surviving parent. A good estate planning attorney will also work to maximize the assets that can be passed to your beneficiaries by minimizing your tax burden. They can also help you to set up power of attorney should you lose your capacity to make decisions prior to your death, and they can assist with business succession planning too.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney?

 

The cost to hire the best estate planning lawyer for your needs will depend on the complexity of your estate and what exactly you are hoping to achieve.

 

If your affairs are relatively straightforward, you can use an estate planning attorney charging a flat fee for drawing up certain documents such as a will, a guardianship document, and power of attorney for financial and healthcare decisions.

 

If your affairs are more complex or your estate is of a high value, your estate planning lawyer will probably charge an hourly fee, which will typically range from $250-350 per hour. 

 

Undoubtedly skilled estate planning can be expensive in complex situations, but the money you spend on a good estate planning attorney will be worth it to have your legacy protected.

 

Tips for Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

Nobody likes to think about their own death, but It will save time and money if you are very clear about your wishes before you hire an estate planning attorney.

 

Before choosing a lawyer, take some time to consider exactly how you want your assets to be transferred, who your beneficiaries will be, and what other wishes you would want to see carried out after your death.

 

Once your wishes are clear in your mind, a personal recommendation is always a good way to choose an estate planning law firm. 

 

However, another good option is to use a specialist attorney directory like our State Bar Attorney Directory.

 

We list thousands of respected estate planning attorneys across the United States, and we make it easy for you to search for an estate planning law firm near you. Because you can also read reviews right here within the directory, it’s easy to narrow down the most trusted estate planning lawyers in your area.

 

It’s advisable to speak to several estate planning law firms before you make your final choice - and always get written confirmation of the expected fees and charging structure before your attorney starts work.

 

FAQ on Hiring an Estate Planning Lawyer

 

1 - Do I really need an estate planning attorney? Can’t I just write my will myself?

 

Yes, of course, you can if you wish. You can buy ready-made will templates to help you with this and if your affairs are very straightforward, this may be sufficient.

 

However, if you have young children or difficult family dynamics, or if you have business interests or multiple properties, you should consult an estate planning attorney at least in the first instance. They will advise you on how they could help, and you can then make an informed decision on whether or not to hire an estate planning lawyer.

 

The other problem with doing without an estate planning attorney is that people often just don’t get round to writing a will themselves, because, let’s face it, it’s not a fun activity, and one that we try to avoid thinking about.

 

If you die intestate - without a will - your property and assets will still be distributed to your next of kin, but this process will follow standard rules which may or may not match what you would have 

 

liked to see happen. By hiring an estate planning attorney now, you can have peace of mind for the future.

 

2 - What is power of attorney and why do I need to set it up?

 

Power of attorney is a complex area of law, but setting up power of attorney can bring great peace of mind and it is often part of the estate planning process.

 

Essentially power of attorney is a legal document in which you invest someone else (the agent) with the power to make certain decisions on your behalf should you be unable to make those decisions yourself. 

 

Typically, you might grant someone you trust, often a relative, power of attorney to make financial decisions on your behalf, and/or to make medical decisions and decisions about your care, should you become incapacitated for whatever reason.

 

A good estate planning attorney will explain the various power of attorney options to you and will set them up as required. Although you don’t have to have this safeguard in place, it does bring peace of mind that should you develop advanced dementia, for example, someone you trust will be able to take care of your interests. 

 

3 - What is a Living Will and do I need one?

 

A Living Will is a document created while you are of sound mind setting out exactly what you wish to happen to you should you be medically incapacitated or nearing the end of life. For example, it may specify the circumstances under which you would or would not wish to be resuscitated and circumstances in which you would or would not wish to receive life-sustaining treatment. It can also cover issues such as tube feeding, mechanical ventilation, and organ donation.

 

A Living Will differs from power of attorney because it directly expresses your wishes, rather than delegating those decisions to your agent.

 

Setting up a living will is a profound experience and you should consult an estate planning attorney to help guide you through the process. An estate planning lawyer will also advise you on the differences between a living will and power of attorney, and which option might be best for you.

 

You do not have to create a Living Will, but doing so would relieve the pressure on your family members should the worst happen, as they would not have to guess - and potentially disagree with one another - about what you might have wanted.

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