Walker County, Texas at Christmas Time

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year; I love watching classic holiday films, drinking hot chocolate by the fire, and viewing Christmas decorations. So you can imagine, that it was a real treat to drive out to Walker County, Texas today for a court hearing. I could not resist snapping a picture of the Christmas wreaths outside of the courthouse – a lovely reminder of the season.

If you or someone you know has a probate matter in Walker County, Texas, please feel free to contact The Schwartz Law Firm at 713-395-0269 and find out how we can serve you and your family.

Our Mother of Mercy 90th Anniversary Gala

On November 14th, Our Mother Of Mercy Catholic Church located in the heart of the 5th Ward in Houston, Texas, celebrated its 90th year of existence with an Anniversary Gala at the University of Houston’s Hilton Hotel. We were honored to be a part of the celebration that evening which highlighted the history of the church and its work in the community. While we were there, we had the pleasure of snapping a quick picture with guest speaker and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who also presented Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church with a U.S. Flag that had been flown over the capital as well as a congressional proclamation.

Pleasantville Senior Fall Expo 2019

This fall, The Schwartz Law Firm had the honor of participating in the Pleasantville Senior Fall Expo 2019.  Pleasantville is an historic community in the heart of Houston, Texas and was one of the first predominantly African-American neighborhoods in the city. Many of Houston’s top minority business and community leaders had their beginnings in this neighborhood, which is just one reason why we were so honored to participate in this community event. The event was held at the Judson Robinson, Sr. Civic Center in the heart of the neighborhood and many of the communities beloved residence came out and enjoyed the event with us. It was a great day!

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Cameron County, Texas Probate Attorney

Last month, we made our first trip to Cameron County to handle a probate matter for one of our wonderful clients. Whenever I’m in a new county doing probate, I like to snap a quick photo to keep as a memento of the interesting and unique places I have been in the great state of Texas. We arrived a little bit early for the hearing (due to limited flight options into Brownsville) which explains the photo of me sitting on a bench just outside of the courthouse. Overall, the experience was great and I look forward to my next trip down to the valley.  If you or someone you know has a probate issue in Cameron County, Texas or Brownsville, Texas feel free to contact us at 713-385-0269 and find out how we can serve you and your family!

Harrison County Probate Attorney

One of the great things about being a Texas Probate Attorney, is getting the opportunity to visit the many beautiful parts of the state. This past September, I had the pleasure of probating an estate in Harrison County; I would be remiss if I did not comment on the beauty of their courthouse and all of its architectural details. It is a landmark and hold lots of historical significance in Texas. Check out the picture of me getting ready to head in to court.  

If you are someone you know has a probate matter in the Harrison County area, feel free to contact The Schwartz Law Firm at 713-385-0269. We are honored to serve you!

New Year’s Resolution: Get Your Estate Plan Done

It’s the start of a new year; a great time to start a new workout regimen, de-clutter your house, and make personal improvements that will carry you for the rest of your life. It’s also an excellent time to mark an important item off of your to-do list that you have been procrastinating on for a while now: getting your estate plan done.

No, it’s not the most exciting item to cross off your list. Nobody wants to think about the inevitable. But having an estate plan is about more than that. It’s about protecting your family, your loved ones, and yourself in variety of possible scenariGet Your Estate Plan Done Houstonos.  Listed below are some of the components of an estate plan and how they can be beneficial to you:

  • A Simple Will – not only describes how you’d like your assets distributed, but also describes who you’d like to leave in charge of any minors under your care or any adults you may be serving as guardian for.
  • The Medical Power of Attorney – outlines who you want making medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so
  • The Durable Power of Attorney – outlines who you want making financial decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to do so
  • The Directive to Physicians – outlines your desire to be or not be put on life support
  • The Declaration of Guardian – describes who you want to be named guardian (take care of you) in the event you are unable to physically or mentally do so yourself
  • The HIPAA Waiver – describes who you want to have access to your medical records in the event of an emergency

As you can see, estate plans protect you and your family in varying circumstances.

Getting your estate plan done does not have to be a painful process. In fact, with a good estate planning attorney, it can be a positive experience and leave you with a sense of relief that you have finally gotten rid of that one item looming over your head.

And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. The Schwartz Law Firm has made getting your estate plan done more affordable than ever. Click here to learn about our current estate plan specials.

Merry Christmas From The Schwartz Law Firm

Merry Christmas, from the Schwartz Law Firm!

Merry Christmas 2015

Advanced Directives Not Just For Seniors

One of the more tragic stories in the news this year involved the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston. Aside from the suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely death, the public became familiar with the contentious battle between Bobby Brown and the Houston family to keep Bobbi Kristina on life support, despite the bleak prognosis given by her doctors.

Witnessing Bobbi Kristina’s plight over the past 5 months illustrates the importance of estate planning, regardless of your age. For example, had Bobbi Kristina executed Advanced Directive to Physicians, or a Living Will, she would have determined her own preference for life sustaining treatment, thereby eliminating the confusion and stress caused by family members and their inability to agree on a course of action.

I Have the Will, Now What Do I Do?

LastWillAs a Houston Probate Attorney, one of the most common issues I encounter relates to family members not knowing what to do with a will once their loved one has passed on. Understandably, discussing the proper steps handling a loved one’s estate is rarely discussed amongst family members before the loved one passes away. Here are a few things to consider when your loved one has died and left a will behind:

1. Consult with a Probate Attorney. In Texas, probate laws are unique and ever-changing. It is difficult for an attorney who is unexperienced in probate to efficiently and effectively advise you on the best course of action as it relates to your deceased loved one’s estate. A probate attorney will help you to best navigate your particular situation and ensure everything is done correctly.

2. Have the Will Admitted into Probate. Your attorney will likely advise you to initiate the probate process as soon as practicable. In Texas, a decedent’s will must be probated within 4 years of his or her death, absent extraordinary circumstances. However, in order to access or transfer title to certain assets of your deceased loved one, having his or her will admitted to probate is required.

3. If you know someone in possession of your loved one’s will and either refuses to let you see the will, or initiate the probate process, consult with a probate attorney on how to “get the ball rolling.”

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Welcome to My Texas Probate Information Blog!

WelcomeI’m just writing a quick note today since this is my first official blog post on  my website. Every week, I will publish short articles, tips, quotes, and information relevant for those of you interested in anything related to Texas Probate, Wills & Estate Planning, Texas Guardianship, and Criminal Law.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me via email at steven@schwartzlawhouston.com or by phone at 713-385-0269. I’m happy to hear from you!