Wills and Estate Planning

A will or estate plan represents the culmination of a lifetime of planning, hard work and financial security. The care and consideration it takes to build assets that will outlast your lifetime should extend to the plans you make to pass them on. Having an up-to-date, valid will in place confirms that your assets will be transferred efficiently and according to your wishes, and not those of the government or different heirs under a prior will. Making this transition as smooth as possible for those you may leave behind is often vital to their well-being, financially and otherwise.

Texas Probate

At the Law Office of Trey Hicks we are always mindful of the fact that individuals and families navigating the Texas probate system are undergoing one of the most difficult and trying times in their lives: the loss of a family member or loved one. In light of this we strive to make the probate process as simple and as comfortable as possible for our clients. Trey Hicks combines an abiding professional interest in probate law with empathy and consideration in order to achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Although many probates are relatively routine procedures, as when the deceased left a properly drafted will, some probate procedures may be challenged by rival heirs, known as a “contested probate,” to an estate or are more complicated for other reasons. For example, individuals that pass without leaving a will sometimes need proceedings to declare heirship, which can require an attorney to do genealogy research under some circumstances. Regarding contested probates, many lawyers practicing probate do not handle contested cases and must refer them to other attorneys. Trey Hicks’ trial experience allows him to handle a range of probate issues including more complicated procedures as well as contested probates and other litigation involving decedent’s estates.