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Real Estate Law
Whether you live in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville or Cedar Park, we are able to accommodate your needs for real estate legal services. We provide comprehensive, efficient work product in a timely manner no matter how routine or complex your matter may be.Read More

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Austin Probate Lawyer?
If you have recently lost a loved one and need to navigate the probate process, the Law Office of Farren Smith will strive to make this difficult time as simple and comfortable as possible.Read More

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The Law Office of Farren Smith will handle your lawsuit with the same drive, persistence, and commitment to excellence as if we were in your position.Read More

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Estate Plan
The Law Office of Farren Smith services estate planning clients throughout Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Cedar Park. Let us help you protect the culmination of a lifetime of planning, saving and hard work.Read More

Welcome

The Law Office of Farren Smith is an Austin-area law practice offering services in wills and estate planning, probate, real estate, and civil litigation matters. Our approach is simple: we seek to provide consistent professional excellence with a constant focus on achieving our clients’ goals in the most efficient way possible. The cases entrusted to us receive the personal attention that only a small firm can provide, and we measure our success by the results we deliver to our clients. We maintain open communication with our clients and high ethical standards throughout the entire process.

This website exists in part as an ongoing effort to provide people in Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and the rest of Texas with the information necessary to become more informed consumers of legal services. We encourage you to use the resources available here and contact us for an initial consultation when you are ready to proceed.


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Pitfalls of Drafting Your Own Will

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Many people make plans for what they wish to happen when they die. A key legal document in a good estate plan is a legally executed Will. A Will designates who will receive the property in the estate upon a loved one’s passing. There are many options available when drafting a Will. In this article we will give some tips on drafting Wills. It is always a good idea to hire a probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for help drafting a Will.

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Retaliatory Eviction in Texas

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Unfortunately, tenants and landlords do not always get along. Disputes often arise over rent, repairs, and the general conditions of the leased property. Occasionally, tenants may be unlikely to report legitimate violations of housing and health codes or request necessary repairs from their landlords for fear that their landlord may retaliate against them and put their living situation in jeopardy. To protect tenants in these situations Texas has passed an Anti-Retaliation Statute. This article will provide an overview of the statute and the rights and protections it provides tenants and landlords. If you have questions regarding retaliatory eviction contact the real estate attorneys at the Law Office of Farren Smith for a consultation.

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Beware! Your Spouse May Not Get Everything When You Die Without a Will in Texas

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Many people assume that when a married person dies the surviving spouse gets everything. In Texas, that may not always be the case. If a married person dies without having made a Will, directing to whom their property passes, the person dies “intestate”. The Texas laws of intestacy determine who gets the deceased’s property, which may be different than how the property would pass if the person were alive to say so. In this article we will discuss Texas laws regarding intestacy for a married person. To make sure your property passes to those you want and avoid intestacy, it is wise to contact a probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for help drafting a Will.

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Dying Without a Will in Texas While Single

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Sometimes people die without having made a Will. A Will is a legal document, usually drafted by a Texas attorney, that states who will get the person’s property when he dies. If the person did not plan and prepare a Will, the person dies “intestate” and the Texas laws of intestacy determine who gets the deceased’s property. The Texas intestacy laws can get complicated, and are different for people who die married or single. In a previous article we discussed the Texas laws regarding intestacy for a married person. In this article we will discuss the intestacy scenarios for a single person. To avoid intestacy, it is wise to contact a probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for help drafting a Will.

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Joint Tenancies and Tenancies in Common in Texas

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Property is often owned by two or more people simultaneously. This is referred to as a concurrent estate. Two of the most common forms of concurrent estates in Texas are joint tenancies and tenancies in common. These concurrent estates are similar, but have key distinctions which can have significant effects when it comes to issues of inheritance. This article will briefly explore these types of concurrent estates. If you have any questions regarding co-ownership of property in Austin, Round Rock, or Pflugerville, contract the real estate and probate attorneys at the Law Office of Farren Smith for a consultation.

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Dying Without a Will in Texas

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Many people in Texas go to a Texas attorney and have their Wills drafted because they want to control who will get their property when the die. However, sometimes people do not have Wills. If a person dies without a Will directing to whom their property passes, the person dies “intestate” and the laws of intestacy determine who gets the deceased’s property. The first question is whether the person died while married or single, and the laws of distribution are different depending on the status of survivors to the decedent. In this article we will discuss Texas laws regarding intestacy for a married person. To avoid intestacy, it is wise to contact a probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for help drafting a...

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Restraints on Alienation in Texas

It is a longstanding and well recognized concept that the owner of property is free to dispose of or transfer that property as they see fit. Occasionally, however, the transferor of property may attempt to place restrictions on a buyer’s future ability to sell or transfer that property. This article will briefly examine such restrictions on alienability and the validity of these restrictions in property transactions in Texas. If you are involved in a transfer of property involving a restraint on alienation in the Austin, Round Rock, or Pflugerville area, contact the real estate and probate attorneys at the Law Office of Farren Smith for an initial consultation.

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Rights and Duties of Co-owners in Texas Real Estate

Property is often owned by more than one individual. Texas recognizes a variety of forms of co-ownership. Co-owners of property possess certain rights and owe their fellow owners certain duties that would not exist if there was a sole owner of the property. This article will briefly explore these rights and duties. If you are having a legal issue related to the co-ownership of property in the Austin, Round Rock, or Pflugerville area contact the real estate attorneys at the Law Office of Farren Smith.

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Remainder Interests in Texas Real Estate

In a previous article, we discussed future interests in real property, and more specifically, the type of future interest known as an executory interest. There are three basic types of future interests that can be created. There is another type of future interest created in a third party known as a remainder interest. This article gives a general overview of future interests in real property, and in particular, the type of future interest known as a remainder interest. If you have questions about Texas real estate or probate matters, contact Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for a consultation.

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What is a Probate Estate in Texas?

When a loved one passes away leaving a Will, family members face the legal task of probating the Will. They use the probate process in Texas to wind up the affairs and transfer title and ownership of the decedent’s property among the beneficiaries in the Will. If the decedent owned different types of real and personal property, some of it may pass through the probate estate and some of it may be non-probate property. Family members in Pflugerville or Cedar Park may wonder, what is a probate estate and how is it distributed in the probate process? In this article we will give a basic definition of the probate estate and compare non-probate and exempt assets. If you need help probating a Texas Will, contact Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for a consultation.

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