Drake Law, PLLC
To provide our best service, Drake Law, PLLC focuses on only three areas of law. If you are looking for another kind of lawyer or aren't sure who you need, get in touch with us and we can try to help direct you. Other options are:
Austin Lawyer Referral Service
Solo/Small firm Section of the Austin Bar Association
We don't endorse any lawyer, however we are happy to make introductions for you to set up an interview and judge for yourself if the person is a good match for your needs.
If cost is an issue, you may qualify for reduced-fee services through the Austin Lawyer Referral Service or Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.
All new clients begin with a consultation, a time for us to meet and establish that we are the right for you and that we can meet your needs. We also will discuss your goals and solutions. The consultation is a time for initial planning, we can set a budget for any additional research and opinions.
Estate Planning is the preparation of a will, perhaps a trust, and impaired judgment documents (durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, directive to physicians (a.k.a. living will) and a declaration of guardianship.
It can be simple or complex, during a consultation we will discuss your goals and convert those into the simplest documents we can.
Elder law is a broad area of the law and covers legal issues related to aging and disability. It is a holistic approach examining everything from estate planning documents, to the appropriateness of living situations, to Medicaid pre-planning and qualification.
Elder law also includes issues related to elder abuse and conflicts among adult children, but Drake Law, PLLC connects callers to attorneys who are trial lawyers. If the conflict is not intense, we can introduce family mediators who specialize in the dynamics of caring for an aging relative.
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Probate is the court process of transferring a person's assets after death to his beneficiaries or heirs. There are many means of doing this including:
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- Independent Administration: a will exists, an executor is appointed to handle the business of the estate.
- Muniment of title: a will exists, no executor is appointed because the estate has no business other than basic transfers of bank accounts or real estate.
- Depending administration: no will, an administrator is appointed and monitored by the court.
- Small estate affidavit: no will, a person's estate is small and there are few heirs.