I enjoy helping my clients prepare their estate plan which typically consists of a... more
I enjoy helping my clients prepare their estate plan which typically consists of a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, and a Directive to Physicians. In some estate plans a Trust is also recommended. I created an online capability at MyTexasWills.com which allows anyone to submit their custom requirements for their estate plan. I prepare their legal documents and prov... view profile
The Law Office of Shelly A. Merchant represents individuals in Deer Park, Pasadena,... more
The Law Office of Shelly A. Merchant represents individuals in Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Houston, and surrounding areas in a wide range of general practice matters including family law, bankruptcy, probate and much more. We are a small firm in a small-town suburb of Houston providing clients with a friendly atmosphere and personalized service in addressing their legal concerns. We listen t... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.