Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts

Estate Planning Attorneys in Midland, Texas

At Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, our philosophy is based on the belief that estate planning involves both planning to live effectively, productively, securely, and with maximum self-determination, and planning for one's death in a way that gives final meaning and worth to one's life.

In implementing this philosophy, we use both traditional and innovative estate planning techniques.

Estate Planning

The attorneys in our estate planning group have the same high quality credentials as the other attorneys at Cotton Bledsoe. We have three members who are board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, and who also belong to the College of the State Bar, an organization that recognizes excellence in continuing legal education.

Our estate planning attorneys regularly advise clients and implement plans involving the use of:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Family limited partnerships
  • Business agreements relating to closely held businesses
  • Tax issues (transfer, gift, generation skipping)
  • Marital property agreements
  • Many other planning documents
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Self-Determination Documents

The firm counsels clients regarding their needs with respect to powers of attorney, advance medical directives, pre-need guardianship designations and organ donations. We also handle many other related planning issues. These types of documents allow our clients to effectively plan for the future while maintaining the ability to be responsible for their own affairs as long as they are able.

Probate and Trust Administration

Our lawyers are skilled in the administration of decedents' estates and trust estates, both in probate and non-probate matters. We regularly handle:

  • Taxable and non-taxable estates
  • Administration of trust agreements, including revocable and irrevocable trusts of all kinds
  • Administration of estates of decedents
  • Texas Ancillary Probate
  • Other related issues

Planning for Family Members With Special Needs

Many financial devices and protective legal documents are available to help plan for the protection, safety and financial security of family members with special medical needs. When a child or parent has a mental or physical disability, legal instruments including special needs trusts, guardianships, living trusts, and conservatorships may be set up to provide the special needs family member with necessary support — as well as giving a measure of reassurance to the care-giving family members that their loved one will be well cared for in the event of their own death.

When you are ready to plan for your family's future, contact our office for advice, assistance and skilled representation.