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Estate planning requires a few basic steps

It is often easy for people in Texas to put off estate planning because they prefer not to discuss topics related to death. In addition, the idea of estate planning may naturally be overwhelming since it can be complex. A few basic steps may help people to approach estate planning more confidently.

Probate process can be complex in Texas

Experiencing the death of a loved one is naturally an emotionally painful experience for people in Texas. Settling the deceased person's estate through probate can make the situation even more challenging, especially for people who have never gone through this process before. The probate process can be intimidating, but a qualified attorney may help people to navigate this process more easily.

Texas estate planning services

At the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill, we offer our clients an extensive amount of estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation experience. As legal advisers, we feel that one of our primary responsibilities is to use our prior experience and in-depth knowledge of the law to educate you about the legal processes that relate to your situation. By understanding the law, you will be more likely to understand our estate planning advice and make the wisest decisions for yourself and your family.

Estate planning mistakes may have negative effects

People in Texas naturally prefer not to discuss topics involving death, which can include estate planning. However, not engaging in estate planning can have a detrimental effect on an individual's family, potentially leading to family feuds after the person's death. Going about estate planning the wrong way can also have a negative impact.

Blended families may find estate planning process complicated

People naturally may not be interested in putting together a will simply because they prefer to avoid the topic of death. If they end up dying without a will, though, their true wishes regarding what happens to their property and valuable assets might not be upheld. Estate planning is essential for every family in Texas, although the process for blended families may be more complicated  than that for families who are not blended.