We handle a very wide variety of estate planning needs.
These include issues, such as:

-  Donor Advised Trusts
-  Transferring Wealth
-  Inheritance
-  Business Succession Planning
‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍-  Family Business Strategy‍‍‍
-  Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts
-  Generation Skipping Trusts
-  College & Medical Expense Planning
-  Real Estate Investment Trusts
-  Probate Administration‍‍‍

-  Asset Protection
-  Trusts
-  Prenuptial Agreements
-  Liability Insurance
‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍-  Statutory Protection‍‍‍
-  Charitable Gifting
-  Charitable Trusts
-  Direct Gifts
-  Private Foundations
-  Wills‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

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1540 Kingwood Drive
Houston, Texas 77339

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Office: (713) 678-0774

Toll-Free: (833) ROWE-LAW

Estate Planning

Estate planning is critically important. Every family, whether their assets reach the million dollar mark or exceed one billion dollars, can benefit from having an estate plan of its own. Why?‍‍‍

If you don’t have an estate plan, the IRS and the State of Texas will control how your assets are distributed after you pass away. The government has no interest in minimizing estate taxes, cutting estate settlement costs, or making sure your wishes are honored. Quite the opposite, actually.

Furthermore, with a properly designed and implemented plan of your own, you will control who is able to make financial and healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated or are in an end-of-life situation. Without a plan, someone might petition the court for control of your assets, medical care and other matters - someone you would never have wanted to make critical decisions for you.

As Texas estate planning attorneys, Rowe Law Firm takes a highly personal approach to estate planning. For example, we devote the necessary time to gain a thorough understanding of your particular goals and concerns. We will also explain all of your options in clear, easy to understand language. Only when we fully understand your unique situation, and you understand the options available to you, do we design a customized plan – one capable of addressing all of your needs and achieving your most important goals.

The tools and strategies we can use to accomplish these goals include:

  • A variety of Trusts, such as Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and Minors’ Trusts
  • Wills
  • Health Care Directives
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • HIPAA Authorizations
  • Nominations of Guardianships (who will care for your children)

At Rowe Law Firm, we are dedicated to making sure your plan will work the way it was intended over time. This is why we offer a comprehensive maintenance program to all of our clients. By enrolling in this program, you will receive an annual review of your plan that takes into account changes to your family situation, your income and asset level, your health, and changes to the law itself. This program enables you to take advantage of significant savings over the costs associated with making changes to your plan in a piecemeal fashion. It also provides you and your family with the  peace of mind that comes from knowing your plan will work the way it is intended when you and your family need it most.

Asset Protection

Did you know that there are more lawsuits filed in the United States every year than in the rest of the world combined? Clearly, we live in a highly litigious society, and when a particular lawsuit seems frivolous, even absurd, you can never be certain what a jury or judge will decide. Little wonder, then, that asset protection is one of the fastest growing areas of estate planning law. For your comprehensive plan to be effective, it is vital to have a well-designed asset protection component.

Your asset protection plan should be structured in such a way that it helps you accomplish two primary objectives:

  1. It must protect you and your spouse from predators and creditors while you are alive.
  2. It must protect your children’s inheritance against creditors and predators after you and your spouse pass away.

The latter can involve issues such as ensuring your child’s inheritance is safe in the event of divorce and/or remarriage. This is no idle threat when you consider that approximately half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. In addition, your grandchildren might need protection to ensure that they receive their inheritances if your child passes away and your daughter-in-law or son-in-law remarries. Sadly, your children might need protection from their own poor decisions, or if they are responsible enough to manage an inheritance themselves.

Our Texas asset protection lawyers at Rowe Law Firm can use a wide range of strategies and legal tools to protect your assets for your enjoyment today and in the future, as well as protect the inheritances you leave to your children. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Estate and Trust Administration

The loss of a loved one is difficult enough without the additional stress of making decisions about the decedent’s estate that can impact you and your family for years to come. If you have been called upon to oversee the administration of the estate and its trusts, chances are you are wondering what is involved.

This is a partial list:

  • Prepare application for tax identification number if there is no surviving spouse
  • Prepare and mail out date of death valuation letters to determine the value of accounts
  • Prepare signature cards for estate bank accounts
  • Close decedent’s bank accounts
  • Open estate checking and savings (or money market) accounts
  • Transfer assets to name of succession
  • Change decedent’s mailing address
  • Cancel subscriptions, etc. and request refunds for unexpired terms
  • Extend insurance coverage to protect estate for home, motor vehicles, etc., titled in decedent’s name
  • File life insurance claims and request copies of Federal Form 712
  • Complete Sworn Descriptive List detailing any expenses/ liabilities the estate has incurred (such as funeral expenses)

As if all of this wasn’t enough work, and hard to do while you are in mourning, some estates and trusts can be considerably more complicated. The entire situation can seem overwhelming. To make matters worse, if estate and trust assets are improperly accounted for, in violation of Texas law, the executor and/ or trustee can be held personally liable.‍‍‍

‍‍‍Furthermore, strategies and tools to minimize taxes may be overlooked, and there could be confusion over which beneficiaries are entitled to specific assets. All of this can lead to unnecessary expense, costly disputes, litigation, family infighting, and other catastrophic financial and interpersonal problems.

You do not have to go through this process alone, or subject yourself to personal financial liability. We can work with you to determine the accurate value of the estate; resolve any outstanding debts and expenses; minimize estate taxes; administer trusts in conjunction with your family’s existing advisors and fiduciaries; and distribute assets to the proper beneficiaries as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Minimizing the Stress and Expense of Probate Administration

While many families take advantage of effective estate planning to avoid the expense, time, and frustration of probate, it is not always possible to avoid probate. Cain Rowe Law Firm offers experience, compassion, and skill to help you through the probate process quickly and in a cost-effective manner.

We are able to resolve matters such as:

  • Will contests: We pursue and defend against claims of undue influence, revoked wills, and other disputes that arise regarding the validity of a will.
  • Spousal share/ child’s share: Spouses, and many times children, are entitled to a specific share of the estate regardless of what the will, trust, or other estate plan conveys. If you have been disinherited, or have not been left your fair share, we may be able to help you claim your entitled share of the estate.
  • Probate Litigation: We analyze creditor claims against the estate and challenge any lawsuits filed against the estate. We work to resolve these matters while working to maximize the assets that remain in the estate for distribution.
  • Estate Administration: As noted above, we guide you through the estate administration process from start to finish, completing notifications as required, paying outstanding bills, resolving estate disputes, filing estate taxes, distributing assets to loved ones, and closing the estate.

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