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Estate Planning Help From Crain & Wooley

We Are Committed to Protecting Your Legacy

Crain & Wooley can help you prepare both for life’s eventualities and for the unexpected with an effective estate plan that protects your hard-earned assets and property. With our legal guidance and assistance, you and your loved ones can feel secure in the future knowing your important affairs will be properly handled when you pass away or if you become incapacitated. We understand how important it is to proactively plan for the future, so reach out today so we can discuss our customized estate planning services.

Estate Planning Options

In broad terms, there are two types of estate planning tools used today – Trusts and Last Wills & Testaments. There are common misconceptions about each. Find out which best suits your situation by scheduling a free consultation today.

Providing Peace of Mind for You & Your Loved Ones

Our goal is to provide the best plan that's tailored to you and your family's needs. This can only be done when we get a full understanding of your situation. Get in touch with us today to get a free consultation to explore your options.

Last Will & Testament

A valid will provides your loved ones and the probate court-specific instructions for distributing your assets when you pass away. Your will doesn’t become a legally binding document until you pass away. It is important to note that just because you have a will doesn’t mean your estate avoids probate. People often wrongly assume that a will gives their family and friends immediate power to distribute assets. However, a will requires that your executor (the person you named to be in charge) complete the probate process.

Trust Attorney in Dallas-Fort Worth

There are multiple types of trusts, but three of the most common are:

Trusts are often thought to be beneficial only for the extremely wealthy who want to hide monies in offshore bank accounts. In reality, trusts are used by everyday people of all backgrounds and for many reasons.

A revocable living trust, the most common type of trust, is a highly flexible estate planning options. It allows for divorce protection of an inheritance, provides the option of setting up age appropriate distributions, offers the opportunity to create education funds and much, much more. It also directs the disposition of your estate after you pass away, allowing trust beneficiaries to receive assets without court interference – avoiding probate.

There are many benefits to using a trust as your estate planning tool. Learn how each type of trust can accomplish your goals by reading our easy-to-understand booklet.


Call our Texas law firm at 972-560-6288 or 682-422-3495 for help in Plano or Mansfield.


Call or Visit Crain & Wooley Today for Reliable Legal Advice

While any licensed attorney can write a will or trust for you, very few have dedicated themselves solely to the art and science of estate planning like the attorneys at Crain & Wooley. Not only is our firm’s founding partner, Justin T. Crain, one of the top 3 estate planning lawyers in Plano, but he also wrote the book Leaving a Legacy: What Every Texan Should Know About Estate Planning to educate everyday people and help them understand what to expect from the estate planning process.

Our top-notch lawyers practice solely in the area of estate planning and possess years of experience and legal insight that allows us to provide our clients best-in-class service that is supported by up-to-date, best practices. Contact our skilled Dallas-Fort Worth estate planning lawyers for guidance.

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If you would like to speak to our estate planning team, please call today to request a free consultation with one of our lawyers. We also have a convenient online scheduler you can use to select an appointment time that best suits you.


Satisfied Clients Tell Their Stories

  • "Very Professional, Thorough and Good Communicators"
    Justin and his staff were very professional, thorough and good communicators. They prepared every doc they committed to, and in a timely manner. I like the lump sum fee arrangement. I would definitely recommend them.
    - Bart Hubbard
  • "We are so grateful we did this."

    We had been wanting to do and understand a trust for a long time. Once we received the meeting invite, the rest was easy. We learned about wills and trusts in an understandable way. Justin and his team are organized, thorough, friendly and helpful. They coordinated and explained each step of the process. We are so grateful we did this. The cost was invaluable. Thank you for everything. 

    - Shelly Torti
  • "Would Definitely Recommend Crain & Wooley"

    We attended a lunch seminar hosted by Shelly Joyner and her team to listen and learn more about our options with Trusts. Based on Shelly's presentation, examples, and knowledge of Trusts, we were sold on Crain & Wooley as the firm to prepare and manage our Trust.

    The Crain & Wooley process from start to finish was fast, efficient and very professional. Throughout the progression, both Shelly and Steve Crosby communicated, answered all our questions, and provided various trust documents through the portal for our review /comments.

    Would highly recommend the services of Crain & Wooley!!

    - Paul & Helen Cherry
  • "Made the Entire Process a Seamless Operation"

    Finding a law firm to assist me in creating a "Living Trust" was very confusing. After interviewing three law firms, I chose Crain & Wooley.

    They got back to me quickly after the initial consultation and made the entire process a seamless operation. 

    I highly recommend and will work with Shelly Joyner and Crain & Wiiley again in the future. 

    - Ricky Ellis
  • "I would return for other legal issues and would highly recommend this firm for legal advice."
    I am very pleased with the professional services of Crain and Wooley law firm with the trust documents formalized on my behalf.  The fees were fair and the result was done in a few weeks. Terms and legal explanations were understood. I would return for other legal issues and would highly recommend this firm for legal advice.
    - Alex Montanez
  • "I had a fantastic experience with your law firm and now I can relax!"
    I had a fantastic experience with your law firm and now I can relax because I have my affairs in order! It was a very easy process, very informative, easy to gather their information and get the awesome result of having all my documents into my trust. Very impressed with the professionalism of Shelly Joiner, Jessica and Steve. I highly recommend this law firm Crain & Wooley for all the estate planning needs. Thank you!
    - Wanda Echevarria
  • "Very Thorough In Explaining My Options"
    Shelly was very thorough in explaining my options in estate planning and reviewing the documents I did have. I appreciate the speed and ease in completing my documents and support in transitioning my home into our living trust.
    - David Smith
  • "We Felt Valued, Cared for and Appreciated"
    It was a pleasure working with Justin Crain, Shelly Joyner, Steve Crosby, and the entire staff at Crain and Wooley. From the moment we walked into their office, we felt valued, cared for and appreciated. Justin took the time to explain to us the benefits of creating a trust and patiently answered all of our questions. My wife and I particularly appreciated their educational emphasis. They provided us with videos and literature that deepened our understanding of the process and purpose of  creating a trust. We never felt any pressure during our meetings with them to purchase any legal products or services. They educated us, encouraged us to ask questions, and let us make our own decision. We did decide to create a living trust, and we are very pleased with the results.
    - William Benninghoff
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