Estate Planning


After you have spent decades providing for your loved ones, it’s necessary to plan how to provide for them once you are gone. As an estate planning attorney in Tyler, TX, Rachael Griffith understands how to plan ahead to preserve your family’s future. The very last thing you want is for the government to distribute your property in ways that conflict with your wishes.

Rachael has served as an estate lawyer and probate attorney for Tyler, Texas for nearly a decade. Her goal is to ensure you and your family are cared for and provided for amid loss. Working with an estate attorney is an excellent way to:

  • Provide for your family even after you are gone
  • Reduce estate taxes and administrative fees when you have passed on
  • Minimize frustration and tension between family members who lack clarity about your wishes
  • Estate planning in East Texas is the ideal way to protect what’s yours long beyond your years.

The Griffith Law Firm helps clients with the following Estate Planning needs:

  • Last Will & Testament
  • Living Trust
  • Living Wills
  • Probate
  • And other legal documents


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 of 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

Does the deceased person have very little or no debt other than what is associated with any real property? If so, the probate process becomes simple 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 do not have to deal with many of the procedural requirements that an administration would have to go through.

Estate Planning Attorney

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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.


If the deceased person did not leave a Will, the probate process becomes an Heirship Proceeding. That means the probate 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 everything.


Rachael is an elder care lawyer who helps families make the best decisions on behalf of their loved ones. Rachael’s team of legal experts can help you:

  • Navigate the legal process
  • File limited power of attorney or durable power of attorney forms (Durable POA)
  • And handle other legal matters that will affect your family member’s life

Durable power of attorney documents appoint a caregiver who can make decisions on a person’s behalf if they become unable to do so. These forms remain in effect after a person is incapacitated. So drafting them correctly with appropriate limitations is crucial.

It’s essential to hire an elder care attorney you can trust who prioritizes your family’s best interest and who understands Texas state law.

Rachael Griffith can help you think through important decisions pertaining to:

  • Health care
  • Whether a nursing home is right for you
  • And other similar issues

Rachael also handles legal matters regarding Guardianship Law.

Elder Law Attorney



Do you need legal advice from an experienced probate attorney, estate planning attorney, or elder law attorney? If so, 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(903) 636-3700.

We can meet with you in person, over the phone, or via Zoom video conferencing call.

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