When you become the executor of an estate, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced probate lawyer. Attorney Eric Smith advises and represents clients throughout the probate process. He also assists clients with drafting and reviewing estate planning documents such as wills and trusts. Eric has experience with complex trusts such as special needs trusts, Miller trusts, and pooled trusts. For all of your probate and estate planning needs, contact The Law Office of Eric J. Smith today. Either call (817) 860-2800 or fill out our online contact form and Attorney Smith will get back to you as soon as possible. We serve clients in Grand Prairie, TX, as well as Dallas County, Johnson County, and Tarrant County, TX.
You don’t have to navigate probate on your own. If issues arise, or if you just need a little professional guidance, a probate lawyer can offer assistance. To make your probate process as smooth and efficient as possible, contact Attorney Smith today.
Trusts are similar to wills, but typically more complex. With a trust, you assign a trustee to hold assets for you in a trust fund and pass them on to a beneficiary according to your wishes. A special needs trust is a specific type of trust that is designed to provide for a person with special needs without disqualifying them from receiving government benefits. If you have a special needs child and want to ensure that your assets are passed down to them in a way that will benefit them and won’t impact their ability to collect important benefits, a special needs trust may be the answer.
In order to learn more about special needs trusts and discuss your options with a seasoned estate and probate lawyer, contact Attorney Eric Smith today. He can help you decide if a special needs trust will meet your unique needs and create the document for you if so.
A Miller trust can be used to help you qualify for Medicaid when your income is too high to be eligible. You redirect your income into the trust, which pays you a monthly allowance. The income you receive from a Miller trust will not be considered when your eligibility for Medicaid is determined. There are many reasons why higher-income individuals may want to take advantage of the Medicaid program. If that’s something you’d like to consider, contact Attorney Eric Smith in order to discuss your options. As a seasoned probate attorney, he has extensive experience dealing with a variety of trusts and will work to help you achieve your unique objectives.
A pooled trust is another way to redirect income in order to remain eligible for public benefits. Many disabled people rely on public benefit programs such as SSI and Medicaid. Unexpected income, such as inheritance or a personal injury settlement, can suddenly disqualify someone from receiving these important benefits. A pooled trust is used to hold that money and pay it out gradually so that the owner of the trust can still access their benefits. If you are considering one of these options to protect your access to benefits, contact Attorney Eric Smith today. He assists clients with these types of documents and other probate litigation-related matters in Grand Prairie, TX, as well as Dallas County, Johnson County, and Tarrant County, TX. He’s the probate lawyer you’re looking for!