Practices

Personal Services

Overview

Personal Services. On occasion, our attorneys serve as advisors to individuals and families with issues related to basic wills and trusts, estate planning, probate administration, and issues in family law. We take a comprehensive view of each individual client’s needs, identify issues, and develop creative solutions adapted to their specific needs.

Practice Area Contact

William H. Chamblee
T + 214.905.2003
E whchamblee@chambleeryan.com

Focus

Estate Planning. Our attorneys assist clients with wills, trusts, beneficiary designations, powers of appointment, property ownership, gifts, and powers of attorney. We aim to help our clients in the process of anticipating and arranging for the disposal of an estate while eliminating the uncertainties over the administration of a probate and maximizing the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses.

Family Law. In addition to traditional estate planning, we also represent clients in family-related matters and domestic relations, including divorce, property settlements, alimony, child custody and visitation, adoption and surrogacy, child abuse and abduction, paternity testing, and pre- and post-martial agreements.

Gestational Surrogacy Agreements. Our attorneys represent intended parents, gestational carriers, and egg and sperm donors in negotiating written agreements that will govern their relationship during a surrogate pregnancy and/or egg or sperm donation.  Our attorneys also represent intended parents and perspective gestational mothers in lawsuits to validate the gestational agreement.  A validated gestational agreement serves as a court order requiring the intended parents’ names to be on the child’s birth certificate and avoids the adoption process.

Probate & Guardianship. Our attorneys also assist families through the probate process, or proving up the will of a deceased person so that property may be transferred to the beneficiaries of the will. As with any legal proceedings, there are technical aspects that our attorneys assist clients in handling with discretion and empathy. Also, our attorneys have served as legal guardians, caring for the personal and property interests of another person who is incapable of doing so due to infancy, incapacity, or disability.