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Crain & Wooley Invites You to Come Learn About Wills and Living Trusts

Dallas-Fort Worth Wills Attorneys

We Simplify all Aspects of Wills

Crain & Wooley knows that you have worked hard your whole life to provide for your family. That is why we are dedicated to providing clients with the comprehensive legal services and reliable legal representation they need to make sure their assets are passed on to their loved ones when they pass away.

Our will lawyers in Dallas of dedicated legal professionals can help you prepare for life’s eventualities and other situations that might take your loved ones by surprise by drafting an effective will. With our firm’s 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.

Our compassionate Dallas wills lawyer knows how important it is to proactively plan for the future, so please call (972) 945-1610 or contact us online today so we can discuss everything that needs to be included 
in your will. 

What Is a Will?

A last will and testament is probably the most common form of estate planning. A last will and testament is typically a type-written document that is signed in front of a Notary Public. Your will states your wishes regarding disbursement of assets and allows you to:

  • Designate who receives your assets
  • Designate who will oversee your estate (Executor)
  • Provide for certain life scenarios, like a child preceding you in death
  • Ensure the court has a record of your last wishes

A last will and testament serves to establish basic guidelines for asset distribution. To execute a last will and testament, your Executor must complete the probate process. In the DFW metroplex, the average probate case takes about 6 months to complete and costs about $10,000 in court, attorney, accounting, and appraisal fees.

If you pass away without a valid will, you risk your estate being contested by other parties. If this occurs, your intended beneficiaries will have to go to court to fight for the assets and property that they are entitled to. The best way to avoid unintended consequences with important estate matters is to hire an experienced lawyer to draft your last will and testament.

Are you having difficulty talking to a loved one about the importance of drafting a will and handling other important estate planning affairs? Then please click here to find out the best way to approach these topics with respect and sensitivity.

When Should I Write My Will?

Creating a will should be proactive not reactive. You should get started on writing your will if you are married, have kids or have a positive net worth.

How to Create a Will?

  1. Decide which type of will you need
  2. Decide what assets you want to include in your will
  3. Make a decision on who will receive your assets
  4. Choose who your executor will be
  5. If you have minor age children, decide who their guardian will be
  6. This is optional but you can choose a charity to be a beneficiary in your will
  7. Sign your will in front of a witness
  8. Keep in stored in a safe place
  9. Make any changes when big life updates happen

Contact Us to Get Started Drafting Your Will

At Crain & Wooley, we understand that you want to feel confident knowing your valuable assets and property will be passed on to your loved ones, which is why we are here to help you draft a will that is tailored to your unique estate planning goals.

If you have additional questions regarding drafting a will, then please get in touch with an estate planning attorney at our firm so you can meet our friendly team. When you choose our law firm, we will take the time to get to know you and become familiar with the specific details of your circumstances so that we can devise a customized legal strategy.

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If you want a seasoned lawyer in your corner as you navigate the legal process, please call (972) 945-1610 today to discuss how we can bring peace of mind to you and your family. You can also use our online scheduler to pick out an appointment time that conveniently fits your busy schedule.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of having a will?

Having a will allows you to designate who will receive your assets, appoint an executor to oversee your estate, provide for specific life scenarios, and ensure your last wishes are recorded. It also helps to avoid unintended consequences with important estate matters.

What happens if I die without a will?

If you pass away without a valid will, your estate may be contested by other parties, leading to potential court battles for your intended beneficiaries. It's best to hire an experienced lawyer to draft your last will and testament to avoid such scenarios.

When should I update my will?

You should update your will when significant life events occur, such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child, or acquisition of new assets. It's important to review and make changes to your will to reflect your current circumstances.

Can I appoint a guardian for my minor children in my will?

Yes, you can designate a guardian for your minor children in your will. This allows you to specify who will take care of your children in the event of your passing, providing peace of mind for you and your family.

Satisfied Clients Tell Their Stories

  • "Thank you and God Bless you"

    Thank you for being my Living Trust and other Estate documents attorney. Due to our move and storage of business and personal documents, we had trouble locating & we took a lot longer to respond to your drafts, etc. You were very patient with me and my needing lots of explaining of legal terms and meanings. At my age, I was concerned about getting things done but wanting it all done right. You were very prompt in responding to my questions and I think by time of signing I felt confident we had things just the way we wanted to protect my heirs. Thank you and God Bless you.

    - Donna V.
  • "Very much appreciated"
    I am very much appreciated your service If anyone like me needed your service I will introduce about you. Everything you did with in a week. Very much satisfied all your service.
    - Sarah P.
  • "Smooth and easy"
    Learning about trusts at the meal was easy and educational. The set down at the office was where the finer points of trusts was explained. That is where and when we decided to make it safe and easy for our heirs. Our final meeting where we signed everything and an explanation of each item was given went smooth and easy. All in all I would say the investment in the trust was worth it.
    Thank you to Crain & Wooley office and staff
    - Anonymous
  • "Professional and knowledgeable"

    My husband and I recently had our living trust completed through the help of Crain and Wooley. Justin and his staffs are professional and knowledgeable. A special thanks to client education specialist Stephen. He is such a nice gentleman and always answers our questions clearly and right to the point, and always ready to help by answering your concerns promptly. We will certainly refer the law firm to our families and friends!

    - Susan X.
  • "Excellent, Highly recommend"

    We went to seminar to just find out what we needed to do for a will, They gave us all the info we needed right then there. Offered a really good price if we signed up to get one that day. A few weeks later after our appointment we have a Living trust. They were helpful with all our questions and were very thorough with these explaining the whole process. They stuck with the price that we paid + let us call anytime if we had any questions. Excellent, Highly recommend this company.

    - Linda B.
  • "So good to finally have a plan"

    After worrying about our lack of estate planning for years, it feels so good to finally have a plan in place. Thank you for making the process relativity painless and offering the educational support we needed.

    - Leslie W.
  • "5 Stars"
    Me and my appreciate Mr. Crosby we think that he was very professional in doing his job and we give him 5 stars when it come to him doing his Job.
    - James A.
  • "Overall experience was seamless"

    We recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop hosted by Crain & Wooley regarding wills and estate planning. Based on the information provided we decided to proceed with our estate planning with Justin and his team.  The overall experience was seamless and the process was clearly communicated. We had our homework and once that was completed, several iterations later we had our final walk-through and signed estate plan. We would recommend Justin to our family and friends.

    - Earl B.

Designed for Your Comfort & Convenience

Estate Planning With Us Means:
  • Flat-Rate Pricing*

    Finally, you won’t need a lawyer to understand your legal fees. We clearly communicate our pricing structure upfront, so you can feel comfortable with our service from start to finish. No surprises, no hidden fees. *Our flat rate fees apply only to proactive planning services.

  • Optional Lifetime Guarantee
    With our optional lifetime guarantee, your will and trust will be automatically updated over the years to ensure it stays current with best practices, reflects your current wishes and minimizes future confusion for your family.
  • Knowledgeable Service
    Laws change all the time. We stay up to date with all the latest information so that you’re covered. No one else in the region is as dedicated or educated in this area of law. We’re the experts so you don’t have to be.