Skip to main content

Ricardo J. Villarreal

Probate Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   97 reviews

also known as Ricky Villarreal, Rick Villarreal

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ricardo

Learn Ricardo’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    40%
    This area of the law practice is devoted to helping clients settle the estate of loved ones. Consultation with the clients is provided throughout the case. Probate services are offered in Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend counties.

    26 years

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    This area of practice is devoted to estate planning for all residents of Texas. Consultation with client is available to make sure all needs are addressed. Services include Trusts, Wills, Durable Power of Attorneys, Medical Power of Attorneys and Health Care Directives

    28 years

  3. Trusts
    20%
    I've been practicing law since 1996, and I use my expertise and experience to provide my clients estate planning in the area of trusts.

    28 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    20%
    I've been practicing law since 1996, and I use my expertise and experience to provide my clients estate planning in the area of will and livings wills.

    28 years

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 which allows anyone to submit their custom requirements for their estate plan.  I prepare their legal documents and provide additional consultation by phone as requested.  The clients can receive their documents by email or regular mail.

 

I also started to provide my Probate services to clients in the Houston area.  This service is online and allows the client to provide the relevant information in order to start the probate process.

 

Photos and videos

Location

Law Firm of Rick Villarreal
10777 Westheimer, Suite 1100
Houston, TX, 77042
Law Firm of Rick Villarreal
6500 River Place Blvd, Suite 250
Austin, TX, 78730
Hide locations

Probate lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  97 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Judy CASTILLO | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENENCE at its Best!!
Riccardo has been such a huge Blessing in our lives. At a time when the outcome may not be foreseen, I was able to reach out again to him to make changes on our Wills and Transfer of Death Deed. He was very understanding and spoke with great concern and compassion for our situation. Life is not promised but I promise Ricky was there to make the process as easy and comforting as possible for us. I trust he will always be there for us . He is prompt to reply to any and all of my questions and explained everything in great detail. I highly recommend Ricardo for his great service to our needs. Thank You Ricky.
Read less
Posted by Tim | March 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Competent, personable, very helpful
Ricky was quick to respond to my message, even though it was clear that I probably only needed a quick phone call to answer my questions. Very personable, easy to talk with, comfortable discussing where he felt experienced regarding my issues, and where less so (which I greatly appreciated). He made several points that answered questions I didn't even know I should have had. If the chance arises, I would definitely hire him. I would give 6 stars if that were possible.
Read less
Posted by Gloria Ponce | February 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible work!
I'm very greatfull for the excellent service that I received. Ricky Villarreal is quick, efficient, and a great communicator. It shows that he truly cares about his clients and I am very pleased with the work he has done. I would recommend him to anybody, and I would definitely do business with him again.
Posted by Pamela | January 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Probate Attorney
My nephew consulted with several Attorneys before referring me to Attorney Villarreal for a Probate case. During our initial consultation, I was impressed with his patience and willingness to explain the entire probate process, the timeline and the documents needed for our case. He is very professional and detailed in his approach. Attorney Villarreal was available throughout the case and kept me updated as we moved forward. I would recommend Attorney Villarreal.
Read less
Posted by Gabriella | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Ricky made our estate planning process easy. He answered all our questions, gave us helpful advice and delivered the documents to us quickly. He even answers his phone. Thanks Ricky!
Posted by James | June 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service at a good price
Ricky was great to work with. Even though the court house was closed to the public, he was able to complete the probate online.
Posted by Michelle | April 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend him
He was very knowledgeable about the probate issue I needed help with and a great communicator during the probate proceeding he handled for me!
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Son/Executor
Ricky made the legal process easy, really easy. Probated a will, and had it recorded in less than an hour in Houston, Harris County Texas. Pre and post probate discussions were also easy to comprehend. All went very smooth.
Posted by Gail | April 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Going through Probate is bad enough and when this is the first time, you have a lot questions. Ricky made the whole process convenient. I was able to reach him whether by text, phone or email. He explained what specific documents were for and why they were needed. He was extremely professional and things went very smoothly. An understanding and true professional.
Read less
Posted by Ron | April 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Valued Professional
Mr. Villarreal was responsive and knowledgeable. Everything was smooth, and he was happy to answer all me questions. The process was quick and easy and well worth the money. He is a valued professional.
Posted by Tina | April 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Efficient
With my father's unexpected passing and with no will left behind, we realized the hard way eventually that we had to go through probate. Once you start looking for a lawyer, there are many many to choose from and that can be overwhelming. After finding Ricky's website, it was relieving to find a site that was informative and transparent. The online positive reviews convinced me to go ahead with his services. I am very grateful I chose Ricky, he is professional, thorough, communicative, and quick. We will be going back to him for other services as well. I would highly recommend him for your probate needs.
Read less
Posted by Paul | February 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Probate Attormey
Ricky was recommended to my father by his attorney. When Dad died Ricky helped me through the probate process. Even when my dad filled an incorrect transfer upon death deed (through his other attorney) Ricky helped me craft the appropriate letter to get the issue fixed. He has great follow up and a no nonsense approach. I would recommend him to anyone who wants this done right. Thanks again Ricky!
Read less
Posted by stuart | November 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney-client Stuart Lazarus
When I was looking for an attorney to create a number of documents to protect my family in case I'm incapacitated or died, I spoke to numerous law firms. Basically they named a number of legal documents that I would need (usually did not explain their importance). When I asked about the professional costs, I was amazed at the very high cost of just filling in names, addresses and other facts needed for a simple will, power of attorney, etc. when using readily standard, readily available forms. With that said, complicated financial requirements such as trusts, estates, etc., the costs are much higher due to the time involved meeting with the attorney. I looked on-line and was impressed by R. Ricky Villarreal, a licensed attorney in Texas. His professional website goes over some of the basic forms that a family should have in case of serious medically situations and/or death. The explanation of each document is clear and concise. On top of that he discusses the need for these documents without the technical legalese but in terms the general population can understand. The costs for each document is clearly listed and you just need to answer a number of questions to help his firm fill out the documents. Submit the answers and how to pay for documentation and the next day you will receive the forms as attachments to an email. I wanted to speak to him concerning some legal questions I had and the same day I submitted the answers he called me late in the same day. He took his time, made me feel comfortable as to what we were doing and explained how the law works concerning these document. At this time, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM as an attorney to help you when it comes to his area of expertise!!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Painless Probate Process
Ricky handled all of the paperwork and guided us through the actual court appearance. Definitely would recommend
Posted by Sharon | September 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and timely
We were not only troubled by the death of my father, but unexpectedly found the need of a probate attorney. Research put us in contact with Mr. Villarreal. He is personable, easy to understand, and thorough. We didn’t have any difficulties providing the information he requested. He walked us through the steps. We met him for the first time at the courthouse, and it was over in a flash.
Read less
Posted by Ron and Carolyn | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A guide through a most trying time
Arriving in Texas because of our daughter's unexpected death, not knowing anyone, Ricky was highly recommended to us by a woman whom Ricky had helped after her husband's death. Ricky gave us comfort and confidence as he guided us in the intestate probate process. Ricky's professional and caring guidance assuaged our grief. He is the best. We will always remember him.
Read less
Posted by Cheryl | August 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will Probate
Ricky was very helpful during a difficult time. He helped probate my mom's will in a timely fashion. He consulted with me often to make sure we were getting things done. Very knowledgeable. He explained things I did not understand.
Posted by Mitch | August 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and detailed attorney
We hired Ricky to probate my father will. He was very patient and explain the entire process. We had a lot of issues as all of our family first and last name was changed between the will and actual date of death. He was able to resolve all the issue with the probate court and everything went smoothly. The judge even recall that this was the “aka xxxxxx” case. I would definitely hire Rickey in the future and has already recommend him to a friend.
Read less
Posted by Diana | June 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Yesterday I signed as Executrix for our Family home. At closing, the Escrow Officer said that I had and excellent Attorney. She was definitely impressed. She had all necessary documents need to transfer title and did not need mine. This started out as one probate and ended with 3. Ricky answered all my questions. He made sure I and the witnesses were ready for court. I would highly recommend him and if the need arises use him again. Thank you Ricky.
Read less
Posted by Stacy | May 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great help
icky was very good and always responsive in helping me figure out what I needed to do and what was next. That was very important for someone like me that had never been through any of this before.
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Firm of Rick Villarreal
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Texas A&M University, College Station
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Handwritten Will
  • The Will was admitted to probate, and my client was allowed to serve as executor.

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Speaker's Award - Estate Planning
  • St. Bernadette Church
  • 2016
  • Excellent rating
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church
  • Estate Planning seminar
  • 2011
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • 2010
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (15)
Endorse Ricardo
Probate Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ricky is quite knowledgeable in the area of probate. He provided pleadings and info I requested during the course of the matter promptly. He was professional, responsive and punctual. I would love to work with or against Ricky in another case again in the future."
Probate Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ricky is one of the few probate attorneys who does what he says when he says he's going to do it. It was a pleasure to work as his opposing in his recent Heirship Hearing. Ad Litems love reliable applicant's attorneys! And they are rare, indeed. - M. Chappell - Attorney At Law"
Probate Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ricky was very easy to approach and applied good old fashioned common sense to the matter which was beneficial to both of our clients. I look forward to working with (or against) Ricky again."
Probate Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Villarreal is professional, courteous, prepared, and prompt. These are all great qualities in an attorney. I'd recommend him to friends or family members without any reservations."
Probate Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Villarreal is a pleasure to work with. He is extremely diligent in his representation for his clients, and provides innovative solutions for resolving conflicts among disagreeing parties. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Villareal is knowledgeable, professional and extremely reliable."
Probate Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ricardo Villarreal is a diligent, effective lawyer who thoroughly researches and prepares his work. He represents the best of our profession."
Probate Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Ricky to be an attorney who is dedidated to the needs of his clients and does a great job in handling matters in prompt and professional manner."
Probate Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Villarreal was a consummate professional. He was timely and attentive. Mr. Villarreal is well spoken and clearly cares about his clients. I endorse Mr. Villarreal."
View more endorsements
Houston Probate Lawyer Ricardo J. Villarreal
Ricardo J. Villarreal
Probate Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 28 years
Free Consultation