Probate, Trust and Guardianship

Probate, trust and guardianship issues can be extremely difficult to handle without the assistance of experienced, compassionate attorneys who know the nuances of the law and understand the complexities involved.

Houston Texas Estate, Trust and Wealth Planning LawyersCrain Caton & James actively assists its clients with probate, trust and estate administration and settlement (including preparation and filing of federal and state estate tax), guardianship matters and litigation relating to these areas.

Our lawyers routinely represent executors, administrators and trustees in all aspects of estate and trust administration and settlement including seeking appointment, carrying out his or her duties, preparing death tax returns and matters relating to the settlement of the estate and trust, and also represents beneficiaries relating to their interest in estates and trusts. In addition, our experienced lawyers represent creditors of estates in matters relating to their enforcement of their claims.

In guardianship matters, Crain Caton & James is often engaged to assist in seeking or defending against a guardianship. We routinely represent court-appointed guardians in all aspects of guardianship proceedings including preparing inventories and accountings.

Various members of our team are often appointed by the courts to serve as a temporary guardian, temporary administrator, attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, mediator and in other capacities relating to estates, trusts and guardianships.

Our Houston attorneys have advanced degrees and speak to professional and lay organizations concerning probate, trust and guardianship matters. They are frequently requested to lecture on issues related to probate, trust and guardianship matters at numerous continuing legal education seminars of the State Bar of Texas and other state and local legal organizations.

Sarah Patel Pacheco is a co-author of the Texas Probate Practice Guide published by West Publishing. Pacheco is also the co-author of Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning published by West Publishing. Darlene Payne Smith is the author of the Probate Claims Section of the Texas Collection Manual.

Attorneys

Kathleen Tanner Beduze

Kathleen Tanner Beduze

Shareholder

Joshua R. Flores

Joshua R. Flores

Shareholder

Sarah Patel Pacheco

Sarah Patel Pacheco

Shareholder

Gabriela M. Barake

Gabriela M. Barake

Associate

Alec Bayer Covey

Alec Bayer Covey

Of Counsel

Joe R. Savoie

Joe R. Savoie

Senior Associate

Calla M. Sprague

Calla M. Sprague

Associate

C. Vance Christopher

C. Vance Christopher

Shareholder

Larry George

Larry George

Shareholder

Darlene Payne Smith

Darlene Payne Smith

Shareholder and Mediator

Chasity W. Cooper

Chasity W. Cooper

Senior Associate

Donald B. Hightower

Donald B. Hightower

Senior Associate

Jocelyn T. Slater

Jocelyn T. Slater

Associate

Keith A. Taylor

Keith A. Taylor

Associate