Practice Areas Overview
Jeannine C. Flynn, Attorney at Law, assists Houston area residents through difficult legal issues, including probate administration and guardianships, estate planning, elder law, and family law.
Probate refers to the process where a court oversees the administration of a deceased person’s estate. Common complaints about probate are that it is an expensive and time-consuming process. Jeannine Flynn understands the emotional toll that a long, dragged-out probate can have on people who are already in a grieving state, and strives to shepherd your will through probate as quickly and efficiently as possible. As a board-certified specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Jeannine Flynn has the knowledge, skills and abilities to complete the probate process accurately and efficiently. For further information regarding probate administration, please see the Houston probate page.
The State of Texas recognizes three types of wills. The first type of will is an oral will, also referred to as nuncupative or a death bed will. This is a spoken will with no written documentation. The second type of will is referred to as a formal or attested will. It is typewritten, not completely in the deceased’s handwriting, and witnessed by two or more witnesses. The third type of will is a holographic or handwritten will by the decedent. Also specific to wills law in Houston is the assignment of an “independent” executor. An independent executor can serve without the necessity of a bond and can administrate the estate without the approval of the court. If an executor is not assigned as independent, they are considered dependent which requires more work and cost during the probate process.
A guardianship is a court-supervised administration for a minor under the age of 18 or an incapacitated adult, and Jeannine C. Flynn has extensive experience in guardianship matters for clients who are incapacitated as a result of an illness, accident or medical condition. Ms. Flynn understands that clients seeking guardianship for an incapacitated or disabled loved one are facing a difficult and stressful time in their life, and she is dedicated to representing clients with empathy and compassion. For more information regarding guardianships, please see the guardianship page.
Ms. Flynn has significant experience in preparing estate planning documents on behalf of clients, including revocable living trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney for financial matters, advance health care directives, and living wills in Houston. While most people associate estate planning with death planning, estate planning provides an important plan for possible incapacity; in the event a person becomes physically or mentally incapacitated, documents such as durable powers of attorney and advance medical directives allow a person to specify who will make financial and medical decisions on their behalf in the event of incapacity.
The field of elder law goes hand-in-hand with estate planning, and in addition to preparing documents such as powers of attorney and health care directives, Jeannine Flynn offers comprehensive assistance to her clients with issues related to long-term care insurance, securing government benefits and additional insurance to fill in the gaps, ensuring her client’s financial and medical needs are taken care of, and providing a plan in the event of incapacity.
Jeannine Flynn represents families facing difficult challenges, and her sensitivity and support assists families through major life events such as divorce and adoption. Ms. Flynn provides capable, professional legal representation in the best interests of her clients, their children and their family relationships.
If you are in Houston or anywhere in Harris, Montgomery, or Fort Bend counties, contact Jeannine C. Flynn, Attorney at Law, for expert legal assistance and representation in any aspect of family law, elder law, estate planning, or dependant administration.