Fort Worth, once a trading post for cowboys, has become a modern city with widely acclaimed cultural institutions, performance venues, theaters, art galleries, and festivals. At the same time, the region continues to maintain its pioneer traditions courtesy of rodeo competitions at the Fort Worth stockyards. Today, Fort Worth continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. with a population approaching 890,000, while also being highly rated for its livability. Residents can take advantage of a wide variety of affordable neighborhoods while attractions such as the Fort Worth Zoo, shopping in Sundance Square and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens contribute to the city’s well-earned reputation as a premier travel destination.
As the city continues to grow, residents will continue to have diverse concerns, from obtaining disability benefits to estate planning to legal disputes. Fortunately, the Law Office of Carey Thompson is well-prepared to address those concerns. We provide comprehensive legal services to Fort Worth residents on diverse matters such as:
- Social Security disability benefits/appeals
- Wills and estate planning
- Probate and estate administration
- Civil litigation
- Business law
For over 10 years, founding attorney Carey Thompson has been helping clients manage their most pressing challenges. Carey is keenly aware that many individuals have little experience dealing with the legal system, which is why he works closely with each client, ensuring that their rights and interests are protected. When you consult us, you will have peace of mind knowing that your matter is in good hands.
Fort Worth Social Security Disability Benefits Attorney
Although the Social Security Administration offers benefit programs to those who have a disabling condition and cannot work, obtaining these vital public benefits is complicated. There are strict eligibility requirements and nearly two-thirds of initial benefits claims are denied. Whether you are seeking disability benefits or your claim has been denied, working with an experienced Social Security disability benefits attorney increases the likelihood of your claim being approved.
At the Law Office of Carey Thompson, we have a well-deserved reputation for being dedicated advocates of the disabled and helping our clients obtain the benefits they deserve. We will help you navigate the federal bureaucracy, assist with the application process, and represent you if your initial disability benefits claim has been denied. Our legal team has extensive experience with every phase of the appeals process, and is prepared to fight for your rights in federal court if necessary. Although obtaining disability benefits is daunting, you can rest assured we will stand by you every step of the way.
Fort Worth Estate Planning Attorney
Although no one likes to confront their own mortality, estate planning is the responsible way to protect your assets and your loved ones. At the Law Office of Carey Thompson, we know that each client has unique needs and objectives and that there is no one-size-fits-all estate plan. While some clients may only require a will-based plan, others may benefit from a more complex trust-based plan.
A will is the most basic estate planning document which establishes how your assets will be managed and distributed after you die. A will must go through the probate process, however, which can be time consuming and expensive, depending on the size of the estate. For this reason, many Fort Worth residents look to establish trusts as a means of protecting their assets and providing for their loved ones.
Generally, there are two types of trusts, revocable living trusts and irrevocable trusts. A revocable trust takes ownership of your property, but allows you to continue managing the property during your lifetime. The main benefits of creating a revocable trust is that it avoids probate and can help to minimize estate taxes. By contrast, an irrevocable trust cannot be modified, which ensures that the assets will be preserved for the beneficiaries.
Through the years clients have come to us seeking advice on how to provide for a loved with a disabling condition, and we often recommend establishing an irrevocable trust known as a Special Needs Trust (SNT). Because individuals with special needs often receive different types of public benefits (e.g. Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), an inheritance could jeopardize their eligibility for such benefits. An SNT is designed to hold assets for an individual with a disabling condition so that the trust assets are not counted as resources for purposes of obtaining government benefits.
There are many other components of a well-conceived estate plan, such as powers of attorney and advance medical directives, and it takes a highly skilled estate planning attorney to protect your interests. When you work with our legal team, you can expect to receive the informed representation you need and the personal attention you deserve.
Probate and Estate Administration
Being appointed as the executor of a loved one’s estate can be challenging. There are numerous important duties to handle and any mistakes of misconduct can expose you to legal liability. At the Law Office of Carey Thompson, we are familiar with the rules and customs of the probate courts throughout Fort Worth.
We will take the time to guide you through the process so that you can faithfully carry out your duties. We also work with surviving family members whose loved one has died without creating a will. In this situation, a close relative or associate must ask the court to be appointed as the estate administrator, and the estate assets must be distributed according to the intestacy laws of Texas. Regardless of the circumstances, we know that managing a loved one’s estate while grieving can be an emotional burden. Above all, our trustworthy advice and objective insights will give you peace of mind knowing that your interests will be protected.
Why Call The Law Office of Carey Thompson?
Our legal team is committed to serving the Fort Worth community with integrity and honor. When you consult us, we will take the time to understand your circumstances and work closely with you to help you achieve your objectives. Knowing that the legal system can be complicated and confusing, we will take the time to explain all of your rights and guide you through the process. For prompt, reliable, efficient legal services call the Law Office of Carey Thompson today to set up a consultation.