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"As a single father, it was extremely importmant to me that I have a living trust for my kids. David Cook explained the pros and cons of a living trust and created a trust that worked great for my kids."
- Pankaj K.

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Richardson Probate Lawyer / Richardson Estate Planning Lawyer

Richardson Probate & Estate Planning Attorneys

If you have experienced the emotional trauma of losing a loved one, you know that the last thing you want to deal with during that emotional time is handling your deceased loved one's legal affairs. At Cook & Gore, we can help guide you through the process of probating your loved one's Will as simply and efficiently as possible. We can do the legal legwork so that you have as little to worry about as possible during this trying time. Even if your loved one did not leave a Will, we can help probate his/her estate so that the proper legal title to property passes to the deceased person's heirs (e.g. the spouse, children, grandchildren, etc.)
Our Richardson Probate Attorneys can represent you in a range of legal mattes, including:

  • Small Estates with No Will
  • Larger Estates with No Will
  • Determination of Heirship Proceedings
  • Probating a Will
  • Probating a Will as a Muniment of Title (to pass title to a homestead only)
  • Emergency Temporary Administrations (where one person is giving away or squandering all of the deceased person's assets)


Estate Planning



A Will is one of the most basic legal documents that every person needs - especially those with families. But only 45% of Americans ever take the time to draft a Will. Even then, many do not draft their Will properly, causing major headaches for their loved ones after they die.

At Cook & Gore, we can help you draft this basic, but important, document for a simple flat fee. We will make sure that your loved ones and property are well taken care-of in the event that something should happen to you.

Disability Planning Documents

While a Will can protect your loved ones after your death, it is also important that you have Disability Planning Documents to protect you during your own lifetime in case you should ever become incapacitated. If you get to a point in your life where you are not able to care for yourself physically or financially, it is important that you have documents such as a Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney, HIPAA Release, Directive to Physicians, and Declaration of Guardian. These documents can ensure that the person or persons you trust most have the legal authority to care for you and your finances in the event of your mental or physical incapacity.


While having a Will and Disability Documents are appropriate for many individuals, Revocable"Living" Trusts and/or Tax-Planned Trusts can help provide the ultimate level of protection for you and your family. Through a Trust, you can provide for your loved ones (just as you would in a Will), but you can have more control over how your money is used and over what amount of time it is distributed. Likewise, a Trust can provide the ultimate disability-planning protection—even more so than a Power of Attorney, Declaration of Guardian, or other Disability-Planning Document.

In addition, Trusts can be excellent vehicles for couples on their 2nd marriage who need to provide for not only their spouse, but also their children by a previous marriage.

Finally, Trusts provide the flexibility to maximize the tax advantages Congress has given to each citizen, and can help save thousands or even millions of dollars in unneeded estate taxes.

If you are interested in finding out how a Trust can provide the maximum protection for you and your family, call us today at 214-236-2712.

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