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Wills and Probate

The law firm of Henry N. Bell, III understands that planning for your death and dealing with legal matters after a loved one has passed can be very cumbersome. That is why our firm, backed by years of experience, offers sound advice to our clients in the areas of wills and estate administration from the drafting of a simple will to the probate and administration of a multi-million-dollar estate. We provide personal attention and care to each client, whether the matter is simple or complex.

Our firm counsels and represents executors, administrators, guardians, agents, and beneficiaries with respect to issues regarding estate administration. Additionally, we assist fiduciaries with the performance of the legal aspects of their responsibilities.

Upon death, a person's property passes by one or more of three ways: intestacy, will and contract. Intestacy means a person died without a will. In this case, the laws of the State of Texas will control how their property is divided. If a person has a will, once probated, their probate property passes according to that will. However, not all property necessarily passes according to the will. Certain property such as life insurance, bank accounts, and retirement accounts pass according to the deceased's designated beneficiary.

To gain full understanding of the client's goals, we start by listening carefully. Once we evaluate the whole picture, taking into account the size of the deceased's estate, the nature and amount of debts owed by the deceased, and whether or not the deceased left a will, we explore the available options to determine how we can most effectively and efficiently satisfy those goals and advise our clients accordingly.

The law office of Henry N. Bell, III handles a range of legal services necessary for the preservation and transfer of wealth including:

•  Wills and Simple Trusts
•  Powers of Attorney
•  Medical Directives
•  Estate Administration (independent or dependent)
•  Estate and Guardianship Litigation
•  Will Probate
•  Will contests
•  Determinations of heirship in the absense of a will
•  Probating wills as a muniment of title
•  Small estate affidavits

Our firm is experienced with defending and prosecuting claims of breach of fiduciary duty and other estate administration claims should problems arise. In addition to representing estate representatives, we also assist beneficiaries who need to understand the duties of the estate representative or fiduciary who is managing his or her assets or inheritance.

To schedule a consultation appointment, please contact our office.


From its office in Austin, the law firm of Henry Newton Bell, III serves clients throughout central Texas including the cities of Austin, Bastrop, Caldwell, Cedar Park, Elgin, Georgetown, Giddings, Killeen, La Grange, Lakeway, Leander, Llano, Marble Falls, Pflugerville, Round Rock, San Marcos, Temple, West Lake Hills, and Wimberley, and the counties of Bastrop County, Bell County, Blanco County, Burleson County, Burnett County, Caldwell County, Comal County, Fayette County, Guadalupe County, Hays County, Lampasas County, Lee County, Milam County, Travis County, and Williamson County.

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