Family Law & Estate Planning
While a majority of the average American’s time each week is devoted to the business of earning a living, we all have a life outside of work. Likewise, all of our clients’ legal needs do not pertain to the world of business. Consequently, our firm offers other important legal services to our valued clients as they traverse life. We are pleased to handle your personal legal needs within the areas of family law, estate planning, and probate with the tenacity, empathy, and discretion our clients demand.
Clients involved in family law disputes need both personal and professional support. This is why the family law attorneys at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, PC, help clients through emotionally turbulent times by providing calm, reasoned, and carefully-crafted advice. Throughout the legal process, our attorneys assist clients in focusing on the future, including the steps they need to take to protect both themselves and their children.
Our family lawyers in Dallas, TX represent clients in matters involving:
- Child support
- Child custody and visitation
- Modifications of child custody and possession
- Spousal maintenance
- Modifications in support and maintenance
- Enforcement of support and maintenance orders
- Property Division
- Enforcement of property division
- Domestic violence and restraining orders
- Divorce privacy
Using the Appropriate Legal Tool
Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, PC, has the ability and experience to handle all your family law needs from the detailed management of a complex marital property dispute to the sensitive advocacy needed in an emotionally charged child custody proceeding. We carefully select legal tools which are appropriate to the situation, including negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, such as mediation or collaborative law procedures. When absolutely necessary to achieve a just result, we will aggressively litigate any family law matter. Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, PC has three board-certified lawyers in Dallas, TX who can handle family law matters of any scope and magnitude:
Mary Ann Beaty, family law attorney; Board Certified, Family Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Bruce Turner, family law attorney; Board Certified, Commercial Real Estate Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
John Frick, family law attorney; Board Certified, Civil Trial Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Family Law Attorneys
Estate Planning and Probate Law
There are certain legal documents that every adult should have. Those of modest means and few assets to protect may use the DIY approach to create basic legal documents such as a will and advance directives. In contrast, our clients choose an alternate route, preferring to rely on the expertise of our seasoned estate planning attorneys to ensure their hard-earned wealth is well protected.
Estate planning creates a plan to ensure your assets, the fruits of your labor, are inherited by your loved ones rather than passing to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the form of estate taxes. A skilled Dallas estate planning lawyer, who knows estate tax law and how to create trusts, can help you reach this goal. Rest assured that without the work of a skilled estate planning attorney, the IRS stands to inherit a large portion of your assets. Fortunately, it is not too late to write the government out of your will.
There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to ensuring your loved ones are provided for after you are gone. Remarriage, blended families, and differences in tax laws between the states (when there are multiple residences) all must be part of the estate planning process. A tenured Dallas estate planning attorney will have experience with all of these issues and can take them in stride.
At Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, PC, our experienced estate planning lawyers can help you with a variety of advanced tax strategies to keep your assets protected. We handle a variety of estate planning matters, advise clients on how to gain the maximum benefit of current tax laws, and carry out their last wishes.
Our Dallas estate planning attorneys can assist with the following:
- Wills and Trusts
- Durable Powers of Attorney
- Medical Powers of Attorney
- Guardianships and Conservatorships
- Living Wills and Trusts
- Life Insurance Trusts
- Family Limited Partnerships
- Educational Trusts
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
- Business Succession
- Tax Planning
In addition to estate planning advice, at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, PC, can provide efficient and timely probate administration services.