Truly a different and unique experience with a lawfirm
“Don’t let fate do your planning for you!”®
Estate Planning Attorney • Lawyer Humble, TX
Reliable Estate Law Assistance in Houston
At the Law Office of CiCi Cunningham, we offer our clients a truly unique experience with a law firm. We want you to walk away knowing we genuinely care about our clients.
CiCi Cunningham has years of experience in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Contracts, and Business Law. She goes above and beyond to create a pleasant experience for her clients, even when they come to her for not so pleasant occasions. If you need an experienced, compassionate Estate Planning or Probate attorney in Humble, TX, call CiCi.
"Don't Let Fate Do Your Planning For You!"®
Create a Legal Will and Last Testament
There is a lot to think about when it comes to estate planning. You want your family and loved ones to be taken care of and your wishes to be carried out.
The first step in that process is typically to create a will (also known as a Last Will and Testament). Your will legally defines what happens to your assets following your death. It also enables your desires to be followed instead of relying on state intestacy laws.
We will work with you and draft a will that clearly defines your estate’s distribution and properly names an executor. You can count on CiCi for estate planning legal services.
Creating a legal will is an excellent first step but forming a trust is often an even better estate planning tool. A trust will typically protect your estate from ending up in probate and enable your loved ones to distribute your estate and to receive their inheritance without court intervention or control.
A will provides direction for the distribution of your estate after your death. A typical living trust, on the other hand, takes effect while you are still alive, allowing you to manage your real estate and other assets until your death when it will thereafter transfer to your beneficiaries—without the need for probate.
One of the biggest advantages of a trust, is that your family won’t have to wait for your estate to go through probate, which is necessary with any stand alone will. However, creating a trust can be a complex process, and if done incorrectly can cause more problems than it prevents. You need an experienced estate planning lawyer such as CiCiCunningham.
Establishing Powers of Attorney and Advanced Healthcare Directives
Important pieces of a comprehensive estate plan includes the assignment of Powers of Attorney, establishment of advanced health care directives, and a declaration of a guardian for any minor children. These items are typically included in a well-drafted estate plan.
We recommend all the above to prevent the possibility of leaving your loved ones to make tough decisions on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated or have passed. If you have minor children, it is important to name a guardian that you trust for those children.
CiCi can provide sound legal advice regarding both estate planning and probate law to guide you in carrying out your wishes concerning your health, children, and estate.
Probate & Estate Administration
Contrary to popular belief, even when there is a will, your estate will most likely go to probate. A will does not avoid probate. While a will is certainly highly recommended, a will just makes the process faster, less expensive and can limit Court intervention. If you are interested in avoiding the probate process, forming a trust is a common method. However, whether you choose to create a will or a trust, having an estate lawyer draft these documents is the best way to make sure that the documents are accurate, and the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Under Texas probate law, an estate must typically go through certain legal steps, and the process can be confusing, especially if you’re already grieving the loss of a loved one. CiCi can prepare and file the necessary paperwork, including an Application to Probate a Will, Requests for Letters Testamentary, Application to Determine Heirship Proceedings, and many other types of probate actions. Our firm can also prepare and record such documents as an Affidavit of Heirship, if appropriate, and provide guidance every step of the way.
Once an Executor is confirmed by the court, we can also help with the estate administration process, which requires that the deceased’s debts and any disputes are settled and that certain procedures are followed and notices are given. Our goal is to make this difficult time as easy as possible for you and your family.
Advanced Healthcare Directives and Other Documents
In Texas, you can nominate a guardian for your estate, yourself, or your minor children. You can also create an advanced medical directive and other documents, often called a “living will” which is a document separate from your last will and testament. These documents allow you to make certain health care decisions and other decisions ahead of time. As an experienced estate planning attorney, CiCi can prepare these documents for you.
Elder Law and Other Estate Planning Services
CiCi has helped many clients prepare the legal side of their estates. Our firm is built on a genuine desire to offer open communication, thorough investigation, and quality results. No matter what will, probate, trust, or elder law services you require, we’re here to offer any assistance you may need.
Business Planning in Humble Made Easy
Whether you’re looking to establish a new company, form a new business, or protect your existing business, you can benefit from the advice, legal representation, and support of an attorney with experience in business law. At the Law Office of CiCi Cunningham, we’ve handled the legal needs of Humble business owners for many years. You can count on us for a wide range of services, including, among others:
Estate Planning in Humble Made Easy
Estate planning can make a difficult time just a little bit easier on your family. The Law Office of CiCi Cunningham is a law firm in Houston that strives to makes estate planning easier for its clients.
Although CiCi has a long history of successes, what sets her apart from other estate planning lawyers is her passion for helping others. That passion shines through in the cases she takes on. CiCi loves what she does and truly cares about her clients. She has maintained a small boutique firm so that she can give each and every one of those clients the attention they deserve.
If you need a skilled, caring attorney in the Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita area to help with estate, business, elder, or family law matters, call today for a consultation at 281-815-0888 between 9 am and 5 pm.