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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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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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Quit Claim Deeds in Texas

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Quitclaim deeds are a form of property transfer that derive their appeal from being a quick, efficient, and cheap way to transfer real property. While this is true in certain limited circumstances, the nature of Texas law makes quitclaim deeds nearly useless in many circumstances. They are so limited in use, in fact, that title and insurance companies in Texas will often refuse to work with them. Why are quitclaim deeds so useless in Texas? This article will briefly examine what a quitclaim deed is, the limited uses of this type of deed, and the reasons they are relatively useless in Texas. If you have questions or are involved with a transfer of property using a quitclaim deed in Austin, Pflugerville, or Round Rock, contact the real estate...

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Rights of Joint Tenants in Texas

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Property is often owned by more than one person. One form of ownership by multiple owners is a joint tenancy. Joint tenancy of a property creates a special relationship between the co-owners and entitles them to specific rights and duties unique to this form of ownership. This article will examine the basic rights and duties of joint tenants in Texas. If you have questions regarding joint tenancies in the Austin, Round Rock, or Pflugerville area, contact the real estate attorneys at the Law Office of Farren Smith for a consultation.

Right of Access and Possession

One of the most important rights a joint tenant has is the right to...

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Guardianships for Minor Heirs

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Texas law provides that parents are the natural guardians of their children in most instances. However, if the parents die, or if a minor child inherits property, legal action may need to be taken to protect and provide for the children and their assets. In this article we will discuss guardianships for minor heirs. Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith can help prepare an estate plan and assist the family with common issues encountered when caring for children, such as guardianships and estate planning.

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Retirement Benefits Trusts

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If you have worked and managed to save large balances in retirement plans it is imperative that you properly plan for the assets to pass to named beneficiaries in order to minimize taxes. Generally the beneficiaries of retirement plans will be either your heirs or spouse. If the spouse is named the beneficiary then he or she has the option of rolling over the balance into his or her own Individual Retirement Account. If the children or heirs are the beneficiaries they do not have this option. In this article we will generally discuss retirement benefits and the inheritance issues that are posed to beneficiaries. An elder law attorney such as Austin lawyer Farren Smith can guide you through this complicated area of the law.

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Special Needs Trusts

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Many Texans who have disabled relatives utilize public government benefits to help pay for their care. This is necessary because the care can involve high medical expenses, nursing home expenses, or other long-term care costs. Frequently parents of a disabled child or the spouse of a husband or wife that needs long-term care must plan for the care, and in doing so seek the guidance of an attorney who can draft a Special Needs Trust. The goal of a Special Needs Trust is to allow an individual to qualify for some form of public benefits and still be able to keep the estate of the potential government benefit applicant. It is important to maintain control over the estate as the assets are typically used to distribute...

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Pet Trusts and Estate Planning for Pets

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Our pets are loyal companions we talk with, play with, give attention to, and love dearly. Many people treat beloved dogs, cats, birds and other pets as family members. Pets provide friendship and comfort, but are also dependent on us to take care of them. Just as you would plan for children and other family members in the event of death or disability, you can plan for the care of dogs, cats and other pets with proper estate planning. In this article we will discuss Texas laws regarding pet trusts and estate planning for pets. To make sure your pets are provided for upon death or disability, it is wise to contact a probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith for help with estate...

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Affidavits of Heirship for Real Property

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Sometimes when people die without leaving a Will, it is not necessary to go through a full probate process in court to distribute the decedent’s property. There are less costly alternatives that family members can use, depending on the type of property that was left. An Affidavit of Heirship is generally used when someone dies without a Will and the estate consists primarily of real property (land) titled in his or her name. It can also be used when more than four years have elapsed since the decedent passed away. In this article we will discuss Affidavits of Heirship and how they generally work in Texas. If you are in the Austin and Pflugerville areas and have questions about Affidavits of Heirship, contact Austin probate...

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Managing Estate Assets as Executor

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If you have been named as an Executor (or Executrix, if female) of an estate, it may seem on the one hand a great honor and on the other an overwhelming responsibility. It is your job as the individual named in a person’s Will to settle the decedent’s estate. The decedent placed a great deal of trust and confidence in you to handle his or her affairs after death with care and according to the instructions in the Will. Most individuals will need the guidance of a probate attorney to help them through this process. In this article we will generally discuss probate administration and the executor’s duties in managing the estate. A probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith can help you with the...

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What A Will Does Not Do

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When a person dies in Texas leaving a Will, many people assume that the Will answers all of the questions as to how the decedent’s assets will pass to his or her beneficiaries and heirs. A Will is a valuable legal document that allows the testator to designate who will receive his property. A Will needs to be probated in the local county probate court. However, not all assets necessarily pass through the probate process. There are some assets, known as “non-probate assets,” that pass to others outside of a Will. In this article we will discuss generally assets that pass separately from a Will in Texas. If you are in the Austin and Pflugerville areas and have questions about what Wills do and don’t...

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Texas Statutory Durable Power of Attorney

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A good estate plan includes several legal documents. Many people know it is important to have a Will to designate who will receive the property in the estate when they die. There are several other important documents that are useful for handling a person’s affairs, particularly as they become elderly. In this article we will discuss the types of Powers of Attorney available in Texas. A probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Smith can help with putting together a complete estate planning set of legal documents that includes a Will and Powers of Attorney.

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