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Estate Planning

Many people do not want to think about estate planning, considering it to be a depressing topic. But if you do not create an estate plan, you will automatically take the state’s default estate plan, which does not match most people’s specific needs and goals.

Creating an estate plan can give you peace of mind. At the Schneider Law Firm we help our clients craft appropriate estate plans based on what they personally want to accomplish. Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Preparing a Will

Many people who are looking for estate planning services believe that all they need is a will, and while a will is a valuable estate planning tool, there are other aspects of estate planning that can often more effectively meet clients’ needs.

The most common elements of an estate plan are the following:

  • Wills: A will sets out your basic wishes, which include the choice of your executor and how you wish for your property to be distributed. Major assets can be distributed in a will or through the process of establishing a trust.
  • Trusts: A trust is a legal entity that holds your property for the benefit of yourself, your heirs or for charity. Placing your major assets in a trust can help you avoid probate and achieve certain other tax and privacy goals.
  • Powers of attorney: A durable power of attorney gives someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf and can be particularly useful if you temporarily lose the capacity or ability to make financial and health care decisions on your own.
  • Living wills: A living will, also known as a medical directive, specifies your wishes regarding life-saving treatment and is typically used in conjunction with a medical power of attorney.

Crafting the Best Estate Plan for You

We will help you determine which documents are right for you and draft those documents to implement your specific estate planning wishes.

Call to Prepare Your Will and Last Testament

We regularly handle probate and guardianship cases in addition to offering estate planning services. Contact us to discuss how our knowledgeable estate and probate lawyers can help you.

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  • *P Micheal Schneider was awarded the Super Lawer disignation by Thomson Reuters, a lawyer rating service for Criminal Defense for years 2013-2023; Top Attorneys, by Fort Worth Magazine, for Criminal Law for years 2013-2023.
  • *Melissa Swan was awarded Super Lawyers for 2023, Rising Star for years 2014 - 2020; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.
  • *Alison Porterfield was awarded Super Lawyers for 2023, Rising Stars for 2014 - 2022; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.
  • *Jessica A. Phillips was awarded Super Lawyers, Rising Stars for 2018 - 2023; Top Attorneys for 2014 - 2023.


Great Lawyer in court and out

Had a tough interstate custody case with my ex. Mike was awesome and made sure my kid end up here with me where he belonged. Highly recommend.

- Gill

E. Jenkins

In the summer of 2013 I found myself visiting multiple legal firms in the FTW area. I was searching for the perfect person and firm to represent me. I was filing for custody of my very young daughter. When I met Melissa Swan, I knew that my search wa

- E. Jenkins

B. Davis

In 2012 I found myself looking for a lawyer. I found Schneider Law Firm. I went in for my consultation, and then met with Melissa Swan. Melissa is very understanding and handled my case with care.

- B. Davis

R. Carson

My lawyer was Alison Porterfield she was the best thing that could have ever happened to my family during our custody battle. She was so proficient and caring.

- R. Carson

A. Hoover

Absolutely the best law firm around when it comes to Family Law. I first came into contact with Melissa Swan in 2013 and I only wish our paths would have crossed way before. Melissa is outstanding and has been a total lifesaver for my daughter and my

- A. Hoover

K. Whitworth

Bria Wallace represented me in a family case. I would and have recommended her to many friends who were or have been in the same situation as I was. She is very professional and honest. She helped me get the most precious thing back to me. Thank you

- K. Whitworth

N. Dood

Melissa Swan was absolutely brilliant at handling a family law appeal judgement for me. Appeals in family court are VERY difficult, but she cared enough to really dig deep and make a bullet-proof appeal case and WINNING! Would highly recommend.

- N. Dood

K. Holloway

Melissa swan did great ! Won our child custody case hands down. Rough start finding right attorneys but finished strong .Also won our child support case too ,in same case.

- K. Holloway

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