Family Law and Estate Planning
Effective future planning gives your family peace of mind.
The attorneys at Drew | McCallum can assist you with your family law needs
including pre-marriage planning, divorce options, estate planning, and probate avoidance.
Are you looking for ways to divorce cheaper, faster, easier? Maybe you could sit down together, agree to divorce, and generally work out how you want to do it. But, you don’t know where to start. You just need an attorney to answer a few questions, provide some guidance, draw up the paperwork, and help you complete the process. Often called a “kitchen table” divorce, this is the simplest, fastest, and least expensive way to divorce. Keep the focus on your lives now and after divorce. Maximize the assets and funds available to you both after divorce. Preserve relationships and minimize stress to kids. This is our bread and butter. If a low-drama experience is what you’re looking for, we’re a great fit for you!
Collaborative divorce is an alternative to a traditional litigated divorce. In a collaborative divorce, there are disputes between the spouses and each person has an attorney to advise them. However, instead of court filings and hearings, the parties choose to resolve their difference through structured discussions and negotiations.
Key aspects of collaborative divorce include:
- The parties maintain a high degree of direct involvement;
- Creative solutions are both possible and encouraged;
- The process is confidential and private;
- No court involvement expect final approval of the divorce.
The collaborative divorce process requires a team effort between the parties, the attorneys, and any outside experts required in order to receive the benefits of the process.
We have spent years trying and arbitrating contested divorce and family law cases. What have we learned? Biggest lesson – litigation is expensive. There is no way around that. And it puts critical family and financial decisions in the hands of a stranger that doesn’t have to live with them.
We work very hard to keep families out of contested litigation or arbitration. There are many great alternatives available to help people work things out and come to agreement. But, a negotiated or collaborative divorce is not for everyone. If there is no alternative – you must put this in the hands of a stranger to decide – litigation is available. We no longer handle contested litigation cases. But we can give you information, walk you through process, and transition you to trial counsel if necessary.
Estate Planning and Probate Avoidance
Have questions about wills, powers of attorney, living wills, or physician’s directives? Do you want your family business to go to your children for them to run and maintain? Handling these matters properly ensures that your wishes are known and followed. It also helps to avoid probate and costly litigation later. There are also Texas-specific strategies available to help your (or your family member’s) estate avoid probate. We are happy to answer questions and work with you on your estate planning and business succession projects.