Justin Crain Partner & Attorney
Jacob Wooley Partner & Attorney
Thomas Hendrix Attorney
Lylan Jessica Nguyen Attorney
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Hallie Auerback Office Administrator
Matthew White Operations & Legal Assistant
Don’t Want To Leave Your Assets A Mess For Your Family?
Using An Estate Planning Service Can Save Them Thousands Of Dollars And Leave Your Mind At Ease
Listen, I understand that no one wants to think about what happens to their house or money after they die.
Because no one wants to dwell on dying!
I sure didn’t.
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I also thought that my finances were relatively “simple” compared to most…
And, until my unexpected week-long hospital stay, I was one of the 6 in 10 Americans that did not have a will or living trust in place. If you are also in that scary majority, this article could be the most important thing you read all year.
Hello there, my name is John and, don’t get me wrong, I’d started the process of putting a will together before.
I’d talked to close friends about their frustrating and expensive experiences with lawyers…
I’d read dozens of horror stories online…
Stories of people who’d missed just one small line, lacked a notarization, or didn’t have correct witness information…
And the thousands of dollars it cost their families, not to mention the hours of time spent in court.
But I thought I had plenty of time.
Years ahead of me to figure out which of my children was going to get the house, where the remaining money would go, and how everything else would be divided up…
But after those few days laying in a hospital bed, I realized that time could be closer than I thought.
And while I trusted my family to make the right decisions for each other and not dissolve into fighting over what “little” I felt I had to leave…
I didn’t want to add to the strain and stress that I knew would already come when I eventually did pass on.
And who knew, without the right paperwork in place, what money, time, and energy it would take for them to get everything in order.
Everything Was Normal That Day…Until It Wasn’t
My daughter had brought my two grandsons over for dinner one night…
And I’m so glad she did, because I don’t want to think about what would’ve happened if they hadn’t been there.
We were all sitting and eating at the table, when suddenly, I couldn’t get my hand to lift the fork to my mouth…
I felt paralyzed for a moment, trapped in a body that wouldn’t do what I was asking it to…
We now know that I was having a stroke.
I won’t make you live through all the terrifying minutes that followed, but obviously, and luckily, my daughter somehow got me to the hospital in time…
And I’m expected to make an almost complete recovery.
I Had To Start Thinking Now About Things I’d Put Off For Later
Days spent talking to doctors forced me to realize that “future problems” might not be so far off, and I needed to make sure that I had everything in place to make things as simple as possible for my children…
And be positive that they would have the legal support they needed when I was gone.
When I returned home from the hospital, I was determined to get started immediately…
My daughter had already spent hours searching through DIY Will systems, checklists of things to get done, and reading forums full of Estate Planning horror stories.
If you have thought about starting your Will, tried to create a system for the important paperwork needed, or even searched to figure out one small step in the right direction…and gave up?
I 100% understand.
Not only was it incredibly overwhelming to scroll through “Medical What-Ifs” and “Here’s What Will Happen” and dozens of “Fill-In-The-Blank Forms…”
But I also had to spend all this time sitting there with my daughter, focusing not on the time we DID have together…
But the time that would go on after I was gone.
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There Was Too Much To Learn And Not Enough Time
Well, I guess I had the time, but with different laws in every state…
Wordy “witness” clauses and requirements…
And complicated terms that I just couldn’t make sense of…
I felt like I was constantly going in circles.
And I didn’t want to spend thousands just to get some questions answered!
That’s when a good friend of mine, Mike, shared his experience with “The Most Educated Estate Law Firm In Texas.” He told me how simple the whole process, from start to finish, had been.
He said, when working with Crain & Wooley, that their prices were fair and fixed…
So that there were no hidden fees or surprises…
And he felt very comfortable and at ease.
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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.
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"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