Mr. Benson has several years’ experience assisting individuals and families with the process of organizing their personal and financial affairs to ensure a smooth transition of their assets to their desired beneficiaries upon death. A proper Estate Plan involves a series of written documents, most often including a Last Will and Testament or perhaps one or more Revocable or Irrevocable Living Trusts, that reflect how you wish to own, manage and preserve assets during your lifetime, and distribute such assets upon your death. Many clients have complex estate planning needs due to factors such as second marriages, the size or nature of estate property, a desire for privacy, the presence of minor children in the home, the need to protect family assets from immature beneficiaries, or the need to protect immature beneficiaries from themselves. As a seasoned estate planning attorney, you can be assured that Mr. Benson has the experience to craft a personalized estate plan that expresses your estate planning wishes and ensures an orderly transition of assets to your heirs and beneficiaries.
Unfortunately, many people believe that only those with a substantial amount of money or property, or only elderly individuals, need an Estate Plan. In fact, if you live in the State of Texas and die without a Will, you do have an Estate Plan, as determined in accordance with the laws of the state—unfortunately, in many cases, the state laws regarding disposition of property differ substantially from clients’ individual desires. If you want to ensure that your property passes in the manner you desire, you need to contact Benson Law, PLLC to set up your estate planning appointment today. Benson Law, PLLC routinely handles estate plans for clients having a net worth ranging from $10,000 to more than $10 million.
The legal scope of estate planning is broad, and includes not only Wills and other dispositive documents, but also medical and financial powers of attorney and other documents necessary to protect individuals and their assets during their lifetime. Mr. Benson routinely assists clients with making a plan to handle their affairs in the event they later become incapacitated or have other special needs. In addition, Mr. Benson regularly helps clients whose loved ones have become incapacitated and need assistance managing their affairs. Individuals who delay meeting with a qualified estate planning attorney to get their affairs in order are taking a chance that they will become incapacitated without proper care documents in place, or will die leaving their family and loved ones in great financial distress.
Estate Planning is a deeply personal process, and Mr. Benson’s care for and interest in his clients’ needs is expressed through the personal attention given to each representation. When you make an estate planning appointment with Benson Law, PLLC, you will meet directly with Mr. Benson and will have an opportunity to discuss your personal estate planning needs with the attorney who will be responsible for creating your estate plan.
The death of a loved one is typically a distressing and emotional time for families. After taking care of the necessary arrangements, the family must eventually turn their attention to handling their loved one’s personal affairs. Whether your loved one died with or without a Will, something must be done to ensure that their property passes to their rightful heirs upon death and that titled assets are transferred according to the law. Mr. Benson routinely assists families with handling the personal and financial affairs of their loved one after their passing.
A common misconception among clients is that the probate process is overly difficult, unnecessarily expensive, or excessively long. To the contrary, the Texas probate process is relatively simple and inexpensive, particularly if the deceased had previously contacted Mr. Benson and had a properly-drafted Estate Plan in place. Nevertheless, the process of identifying the nature and bounds of a deceased person’s estate, and determining the appropriate method of transitioning ownership of that property to its rightful owners, requires Mr. Benson’s years of experience in probate law. This process includes determining whether assets must pass according to a Will or other testamentary instrument, or whether they will pass outside of the terms of a Will. In some cases, an estate can be handled by the attorney and family without the need for probate.
Unfortunately, if a decedent did not contact a qualified estate planning attorney to help them create a valid Will, problems may arise with their estate after their passing. They may have died without a valid Will, or their Will may need to be reviewed by a court to determine its validity or its terms. A surviving spouse may need to enforce spousal protections offered under Texas law. In certain instances, questions may arise about the circumstances under which a seemingly valid Will was executed, and the Will may need to be challenged in court. Benson Law, PLLC has experience in these areas of probate litigation, and can assist with all of your probate needs.
Certain clients with a high personal net worth or elevated liability concerns may need additional protection to shelter personal financial assets from potential creditors. Individuals with large financial reserves or valuable real or personal property might need to take advantage of certain planning tools to begin the process of transitioning property and assets on to their heirs during their lifetime in order to escape devastating federal estate taxes. In addition, small business owners may need additional estate planning work to ensure the protection of their life’s work and the orderly transition of their legacy business to its rightful owners. Advanced estate planning techniques are usually used in combination with more traditional estate planning techniques as part of a comprehensive estate plan designed to protect high value assets and ensure an orderly transition after death. Contact Benson Law, PLLC to inquire about the ways you can ensure the preservation of your estate for the benefit of your loved ones.
Mr. Benson routinely counsels clients on issues relating to business formation, business operations, regulatory compliance, the purchase or sale of businesses or business assets, and business succession. Mr. Benson offers legal services for small-to-mid-sized corporate clients that have a need for general corporate legal advice, and Benson Law, PLLC serves as de facto outside general counsel to numerous small businesses in the North Texas area. Mr. Benson has experience in and provides legal services in the following areas:
Whether you are starting a new business, buying or selling a piece of property, entering into a new partnership, hiring a new contract employee or service provider, or considering a new employment agreement, the chances are that your new relationship will be governed by a written agreement. In fact, if you want your interests to be protected, you should insist upon a written agreement. Mr. Benson has vast experience negotiating and drafting various contractual agreements, including but not limited to: physician employment agreements; real estate agreements involving both large rural tracts of land and commercial facilities; oil and gas/mineral interests and land use issues; hunting lease agreements; franchisor/franchisee agreements; partnership agreements and LLC operating agreements; partnership dissolution agreements and non-competes; and asset purchase/sale agreements.
If you need help drafting, negotiating or interpreting a written agreement, or have questions regarding its validity or a possible breach of your agreement, contact Benson Law, PLLC to make an appointment today.
Mr. Benson routinely counsels buyers and sellers of real property, whether commercial, rural or residential, regarding matters related to the purchase or sale of real property. Mr. Benson has handled a number of high-value commercial and rural real property transactions from beginning to end, including drafting real estate sales contracts, reviewing abstracts and title work, and reviewing and preparing closing documents. In addition, Mr. Benson counsels clients in matters relating to real estate transactions, such as oil and gas leases and mineral rights, easements, restrictive covenants and homeowners associations.
Mr. Benson works proactively to protect his clients’ interests without the need for litigation. Nevertheless, litigation is sometimes inevitable. A former federal judicial law clerk, Mr. Benson has vast experience in the Texas federal and state courts, and is as comfortable in the courtroom as he is in his office, no matter how complex the dispute. Benson Law, PLLC’s litigation practice focuses on selected estate/probate, business, and real estate civil litigation matters. Whether you have a probate matter that requires the filing of a Will contest to protect your family’s interest, a business disagreement that seems destined for a courtroom, or a dispute with an insurance company, Mr. Benson will work zealously to protect your interests in a manner that is fair, honest, and efficient, with the ultimate goal of obtaining the most favorable result as quickly and economically as possible.