The Law Office of Samuel Solodar is located in the heart of Austin, Texas. The estate planning division of the Law Office of Samuel Solodar is dedicated to providing unparalleled service in the preparation of individual’s wills and other estate planning documents. Samuel Solodar, the principal attorney, is a knowledgeable estate planning attorney who is currently advising clients in Travis, Williamson and Hays County.
Wills Are Essential: Here Is Why
In Texas, if an individual dies without a valid Last Will and Testament, that person’s estate will be distributed based on the laws of intestate succession. These default laws do not take into consideration the circumstances of the individual. Consequently, the administration of the estate will likely be more costly and burdensome for the individual’s loved ones.
Additionally, when an individual dies without a will, he or she has no power to direct how his or her property will be distributed. Rather, the default laws are applied without taking into consideration any special circumstances. This can, for example, lead to problems when an individual gets married (or remarried), have children (or adopt children), or get divorced.
If an individual dies with a valid Last Will and Testament, the default laws of intestate succession do not apply. Rather, the individual determines how his or her property will be distributed. This allows an individual to care for his or her family and friends by making specific gifts, directing how his or her debt should be paid, name a guardian for minor children and set up trusts.
Will Signing Ceremony: The Process
Many individuals know that a will is essential, however, never find the time to meet with an attorney. The Law Office of Samuel Solodar attempts to make the process of will execution as easy as possible. Generally, the process is as followed:
- Discuss with Samuel Solodar your desire to have a will drafted and sign an engagement agreement memorializing the start of the attorney-client relationship.
- Fill out the will questionnaire and submit it for attorney review. During this time, Samuel will be available to answer any questions or concerns.
- Allow time for Samuel to draft your will. If, however, you decide to change something stated in your will questionnaire, please contact us. We understand people change their minds, and we want to draft a will to your exact desires.
- Review your draft will and submit changes to Samuel. After your will is drafted, you will receive an email with your will attached. Please review it and make any changes necessary.
- Come to our firm for the will signing ceremony. The State of Texas requires certain steps are taken to make a will valid. To assure compliance, we ask that you come to our office to sign your will. This generally takes thirty minutes.
Other Essential Documents:
Aside from a will, there are other essential documents that every individual should consider having before death. They are:
- Directive to Physician: This documents is essential because it communicates your medical wishes to your medical care provider if you should become incapacitated. This documents relieves your loved ones, or unknown medical providers, from making a very difficult decision without your input.
- Medical Power of Attorney: This document is essential because it names an agent, such as your spouse or another person that you trust, to make medical decisions on your behalf if you should become incapacitated.
- Durable Power of Attorney: This document is essential becomes it names an agent to manage you personal and financial affairs if you should become incapacitated.
- HIPAA Authorization: This document is essential because it permits medical providers permission to share your medical files with individuals authorized in this authorization.
These documents are prepared by the Law Office of Samuel Solodar and are signed during your will signing ceremony.
Have Questions? Schedule a Free and Confidential Consultation
The Law Office of Samuel Solodar would like to discuss your estate planning needs. Samuel Solodar is a knowledgeable estate planning attorney who is dedicated to providing friendly and accessible service. Every consultation is directly with Samuel Solodar.
If you are located in Travis, Williamson, or Hays County do not hesitate to give us a call at (512) 375-0321.