Austin, Texas Estate Planning and Probate Law Group
We help families who live in Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Bee Cave, Lakeway, Dripping Springs and Central Texas.
We can help
The attorneys and team at Nickerson Law Group help families with estate planning, estate tax planning, probate and estate administration, guardianship, and special needs planning matters.
Estate Planning. We use sound legal techniques, including wills, trusts, partnerships, and other legal entities to keep our clients' assets safe and their fundamental beliefs and legacies intact. We believe that when a crisis hits, you and your family should be in control of your assets with the least amount of court intervention and with the least amount of income, capital gain and estate tax.
Of prime importance to many clients is the reduction of potential estate tax and ensuring children will not be disinherited if a surviving spouse chooses to remarry. We explain techniques to reduce or eliminate estate tax and to ensure a surviving spouse will not inadvertently disinherit children without using legalese—in a manner which our clients are actually able to understand and appreciate.
Probate and Estate Administration. When a loved one passes, we counsel through the probate and estate administration process. We are familiar with the courts in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Blanco, Burnet and Bastrop counties. We have developed a probate process that provides our clients with an understanding of what to expect, a timeline with set goals and organizational tools to ensure the process stays on track.
Guardianship. We assist many families obtain a guardianship over a loved one who is incapacitated. Because our firm handles a significant number of guardianship matters, we have streamlined the process and make it easy for our clients to understand all the nuances. We have assisted with guardianship cases throughout Texas, from Texarkana to El Paso; however, we primarily serve clients who live in Travis, Williamson, Hays, Blanco, Burnet and Bastrop counties.
Special Needs Planning. We are passionate about helping families with special needs loved ones plan ahead legally. This includes setting up special needs trusts, understanding government benefits and planning estates to ensure government benefits are not lost.
Having trusted legal counsel to turn to is an extraordinary relief and benefit. We invite you to give us a call or email. We always offer a complimentary thirty minute consultation.
At Nickerson Law Group we believe in providing the very best legal counsel and planning techniques. Our attorneys have over twenty years of estate planning experience, yet we continuously stay abreast of the latest law changes and cutting edge planning techniques. Our attorneys present and speak regularly and attend continuing legal education courses in Texas and throughout the United States.
We are passionate about providing exceptional client service—service that goes beyond what is typically expected and received. We take the time to help our clients understand difficult concepts, we're patient and we guide our clients through each phase of their matter.
We believe in comprehensive planning. Many clients come to us for an estate plan review or check-up. Often times we find that the previous plan left out important planning aspects that will cost an heir a considerable amount of time, expense, lack of creditor protection and unnecessary tax. We believe that estate planning, estate tax planning and special needs planning must be done with a comprehensive approach.
What does your family need?
Different families have different planning needs. Each is concerned with bringing order to their affairs as well as passing on their goals, values, and passion for life's important matters. Families of modest means need to provide for their physical and financial concerns, as well as long term care.
Families who are members of the great American middle class need to protect their hard-won assets, to use the tax laws to maximum advantage, and to ensure their children's inheritance.
Affluent families must concern themselves with the same issues, as well as the stewardship of their wealth and the responsibilities they wish to pass on to their family members.
Families with a special needs loved one must concern themselves with guardianship, government benefits and ensuring their loved one is supported for a lifetime.
When a loved one passes, families need legal counsel to help guide them through the probate and estate administration process.
Estate Planning Pitfalls
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