Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Whether you need a simple will or a complex estate plan, the attorneys at Hopper Mikeska, PLLC will give you intelligent and practical recommendations about the estate planning tools available to accomplish your goals. 

In our practice, we understand that each of our clients is placing a great deal of trust in us to advise them on these important decisions, and we take this commitment and responsibility seriously.  We make it a priority to continually educate ourselves about developments or changes in the law, and we also strive to be efficient and responsive to our clients’ needs.  As a result, you will feel confident that you are receiving trustworthy information about your options from an attorney who truly cares about your situation. 

Regardless of size or circumstance, we will tailor an estate plan that is specific to your needs so that you can feel secure about the future.  We will work with you to prepare the appropriate estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, guardianship designations, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, directives to physicians, and, if necessary, asset protection vehicles such as family limited partnerships or limited liability companies.  If you have an existing estate plan, we are happy to review it with you to make sure that it addresses your current goals, family dynamics, and financial situation, and to ensure that it works under the current state of the law. 

Probate and Estate Administration

If you have recently lost a friend or family member, finding a lawyer to advise you with respect to probate law suddenly becomes very important.  In Texas, there are a variety of factors that will influence how an estate can be created and administered, including whether the decedent died with a will or without a will.  A court proceeding is necessary to begin an estate administration, and you will want a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the process.  If you are the beneficiary of an estate, you will undoubtedly have questions about your rights with respect to the estate property.  If you have been named as an independent executor of an estate or as trustee of a trust, you will need to understand your responsibilities under the law so that you can fulfill your duties and be protected from liability.

The attorneys at Hopper Mikeska, PLLC advise clients in every capacity with respect to probate proceedings, and we are particularly experienced with complicated administration matters.  If you need assistance in initiating an estate proceeding or if you have a concern or problem with an ongoing estate administration, we can help you to understand your rights and legal options. We can also prepare any necessary estate and generation skipping transfer tax returns for taxable estates.  Our attorneys have a breadth of experience handling estates of all sizes and those involving unique assets and/or family dynamics.  Whether you need help with a complex, contested probate matter or a straightforward estate administration, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. 

Guardianship Law

When someone is unable to make decisions for himself or herself (usually a child or someone who has become incapacitated through age, medical condition, or disability), a guardianship might need to be created to benefit that person.  In Texas, a guardianship should only be established if there are no less restrictive alternatives, and if necessary, the court can appoint a guardian of the person, a guardian of the estate, or both.  The attorneys at Hopper Mikeska, PLLC can help you to assess whether a guardianship is appropriate for someone that you believe might be incapacitated. 

Trust and Estate Litigation

Handling probate disputes for clients is a major focus for the attorneys at Hopper Mikeska, PLLC.  If representation is necessary to sue or defend a fiduciary, advocate for a client's right to be appointed as executor or guardian, or present any disputed administration question to the Court for adjudication, we have the practical experience to be of assistance.  We pride ourselves on being solution-oriented and avoiding unnecessary conflicts, but we do not hesitate to be as aggressive as a situation demands.