Proactive Steps To Plan For The Future

At Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC, we assist our clients in the management of financial and personal resources during their lifetime and the transfer of assets at death. Throughout the entire estate planning process, we provide exceptional personal service for our clients and their family members.

Customized Strategies Based On Your Specific Needs

On your behalf, our estate planning attorneys facilitate wealth transfer planning through the following:

  • Asset preservation planning
  • Simple and complex will preparation
  • Marital property planning, including pre and post-marital agreements
  • Family limited partnerships for asset management and wealth planning
  • Beneficiary designation planning for retirement benefits
  • Probate of wills and estate administration

Creative use of trusts is also effective in wealth transfer planning. Specific types of trusts include:

  • Living trusts
  • Education trusts for minors
  • Generation-skipping dynasty trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Qualified personal residence trusts
  • Personal injury settlement trusts
  • Grantor retained annuity trusts
  • Defective grantor trusts
  • Charitable lead and remainder trusts
  • Private foundations
  • Special needs trusts
  • Trusts qualifying to hold S corporation stock, including QSST Trusts and ESBTs
  • Qualified residence trusts for non-U.S. citizens

It is never too early to start estate planning. However, it can become too late, leaving already grieving family members to interpret your wishes. Leave behind your assets, not complex legal matters that could divide your loved ones.

Probate, Trust Administration And Guardianship

At Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC, we assist our fellow Texas residents in dealing with the necessary matters following the death of a loved one. We also assist trustees in connection with all aspects of trust administration. Several of our attorneys are certified to serve as guardianship ad litem attorneys in the guardianship process. Regardless of the specific need, we provide personal service for our clients and their family members.

Skilled Lawyers Providing You And Your Family Members Peace Of Mind

Knowledgeable attorneys assist in all aspects of estate, guardianship and trust administration including:

  • Probate of wills
  • Estate administration, including collection of claims by and against the estate and proper distribution of estates to beneficiaries
  • Determination of heirship for heirs of those who die without a will
  • Small estates affidavits
  • Muniment of title proceedings
  • Trust administration
  • Guardianship matters (both contested and uncontested)
  • Management trusts for minors
  • Section 142 trusts for personal injury minor's claims

Call Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC at 936-229-3428 or fill out our online intake form. From our offices in Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Livingston, we represent clients throughout Texas.