Plano Probate, Guardianships & Estate Planning Lawyer

A Knowledgeable Probate and Guardianship Lawyer

Helping families handle some of life's most difficult challenges as efficiently and affordably as possible is a clear focus of my Plano, Texas, law practice. If you have recently lost a loved one and need a caring attorney to help you navigate the probate process — or you believe you may need to establish a guardianship for an elderly or special-needs family member — please contact me today.

Focused on Cost-Effective Estate Administration

A conscientious, experienced lawyer is often essential to resolving probate and estate matters with minimal stress and expense. Regardless of whether the deceased had a legal will, there are legal requirements for distributing property and settling any claims on an estate. My first objective is to represent your wishes and fight for the outcome you want, but I also look for every opportunity to save you money while working to achieve your goals.

In Texas, probate of an estate can be relatively straightforward when there are no disputes between heirs and beneficiaries. Independent administration is a preferred option in many cases, because it allows the executor to make decisions without court supervision. I also handle contested probate cases when, for example, someone feels they have been unjustly or unintentionally left out of a will.

Guardianship Counsel and Representation You Can Trust

My experience also extends to helping people obtain or contest guardianships in situations ranging from a termination of parental rights to the disability or incapacity of an elderly family member.

I know Texas guardianship application requirements and processes very well, having represented many clients and also served as a court-appointed attorney ad litem for numerous disabled individuals in Collin County.

Putting Your Mind at Ease With Effective Estate Planning Tools

I can help you plan for the future and ensure that your loved ones understand your final wishes with the use of a number of estate planning tools. The most common, a simple will, allows you to specify recipients of certain possessions and appoint a personal representative or executor.

Other estate planning tools include living wills and durable powers of attorney. We can create a living will, sometimes called a healthcare directive, to provide instructions for your medical care if you should become incapacitated or dependant on artificial life support. A durable power of attorney, on the other hand, essentially grants another individual the authority to make personal and financial decisions in the event you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions for yourself. Whatever your estate planning needs, I can help you address your concerns so that you know your wishes will be respected.

Please contact me, Michael Suffness, for a free consultation and clear explanations of your legal options in these and other sensitive situations. The best interests of you and your family will be my top priority.