Estate Planning


After you have spent decades providing for your loved ones, it’s necessary to protect what is yours and what you wish to leave to them once you are gone. The very last thing you want is for the government to spread your belongings out in ways you would not wish – or to take them away completely, providing your family with nothing you wished to leave for them. The best way to ensure your rights and assets are protected after your passing is to let the Smith County area estate planning experts at Griffith Law help you. Rachael Griffith is an ardent defender of her clients’ rights in estate law in Tyler, TX and understands how to plan ahead to preserve your family’s future.

As an experienced Tyler area estate planning attorney, Rachael ensures you and your family can utilize the strongest legal options available to you. By saving on administrative fees, making sure your family keeps more of your estate, and mitigating the fullest effects of emotional damage after the loss of a loved one, estate planning in East Texas is the ideal way to protect what’s yours long beyond your years. We help clients with the following Estate Planning needs:

  • Last Will & Testament
  • Living Trust
  • Living Wills
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Medical Powers of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Probate
  • And more


Need A Probate Lawyer? Rachael Griffith Can Help!

Probate can be a daunting task without legal assistance. From listing assets to identifying beneficiaries to dealing with creditors and paying off debts, the logistics following a loved one’s passing can be a very challenging process. Additionally, the legal details involved can often rob you from the time you need to grieve and heal from this painful season.

While you technically do not have to hire a Tyler, TX probate lawyer to handle your probate case, doing so is often a major relief. Rachael Griffith will help you decipher the deceased person’s Will, take care of legal proceedings, and help you understand and walk through the entire process with ease. We can help with the following Probate matters in Tyler, TX, Smith County, and the rest of East Texas:

Muniment of Title

If the deceased person does not have any debt other than what is associated with any real property, the probate process is very easy and straightforward. You can probate their will as a Muniment of Title, which will effectively change the title of their assets to those assigned in the Will without an administration. With a Muniment of Title, you don’t have a lot of the procedural requirements that an administration would have to go through.

Estate Planning Attorney

Estate Planning Lawyer

Independent/Dependent Administration

If the deceased person does have debts in his/her name, you will have to notify all debtors and open an administration of his/her estate. A dependent administration has more court oversight than an independent administration. We’ll help you navigate the entire process and make it as easy as possible.

Heirship proceedings

If the deceased person did not leave a Will, the probate process becomes an Heirship Proceeding. The court will determine how to distribute the estate. You’ll need to create an inventory of assets. This can be a challenging process. Probate Attorney Rachael Griffith can walk you through the process.


If you need legal advice from an experienced probate attorney, estate planning attorney, or elder law attorney, Rachael Griffith is happy to meet with you. For more information on our Tyler area estate planning services, contact the Griffith Law Office to schedule your initial consultation. We can meet with you in person, over the phone, or via Zoom video conferencing call.

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