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Executing Wills


Wills and Probate Services Across Texas

Navigating the complexities of wills and probate in Texas requires comprehensive legal knowledge and a nuanced understanding of local statutes. Whether you’re in the bustling cities of Houston and Dallas or the serene landscapes of the Hill Country, Marivonne Essex, affectionately known as “The Red-Headed Lawyer,” brings nearly four decades of experience in family law and estate planning to Texans everywhere.

The Importance of Wills and Probate in Texas

Wills and probate are crucial to estate planning, ensuring that your legacy is preserved and your final wishes are respected. In Texas, the laws governing these matters offer a framework for protecting assets, minimizing disputes, and providing for loved ones. However, this framework’s effectiveness relies heavily on your legal representation’s expertise.

Statewide Jurisdiction

In Texas, probate matters are generally handled by the probate courts in each county, where cases involving wills, estate administration, and guardianships are adjudicated. While the specific procedures can vary slightly from one county to another, the underlying principles of Texas probate law remain consistent, emphasizing the need for clear, legally sound estate planning.

Comprehensive Estate Planning and Probate Services

Marivonne Essex offers a range of services designed to meet the diverse needs of Texans, combining legal rigor with personal compassion.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is more than just drafting a will; it’s about ensuring that your assets are protected, your healthcare wishes are honored, and your loved ones are provided for according to your wishes. Our services include:

  • Wills: Essential documents that outline your wishes to distribute your assets.
  • Trusts are tools for managing assets during one’s lifetime and beyond, offering benefits like asset protection and tax advantages.
  • Advance Directives are legal documents that specify your preferences for medical treatment if you are unable to communicate your wishes.
  • Powers of Attorney: Designations that empower a trusted individual to make financial and healthcare decisions on your behalf.

Navigating the Probate Process

The probate process can be daunting, but with Marivonne Essex, you have a guide who can navigate the complexities with ease, whether you’re dealing with:

  • Estate Administration is the orderly distribution of assets according to the will, including the payment of debts and taxes.
  • Will Contests: Disputes over the validity of a will, which require sensitive yet assertive legal representation.
  • Estate Litigation: Other legal challenges related to estates, including disputes among heirs or issues with executors.

Why Choose Marivonne Essex for Your Texas Estate Planning Needs?

Marivonne Essex’s approach to wills and probate is built on nearly 40 years of experience, deep legal knowledge, and a commitment to personalized client service. Her expertise is in the technical aspects of Texas estate law and the practical considerations unique to the Lone Star State.

Statewide Service, Local Expertise

From the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle, Marivonne Essex provides estate planning and probate services that honor Texans’ diversity and individuality. Her understanding of the nuances in county-specific procedures and a state-wide perspective on estate law make her an invaluable ally in planning your estate or navigating probate.

Start Planning Your Legacy Today

Don’t wait to begin the essential work of estate planning. With Marivonne Essex, you have a partner ready to protect your interests and ensure your wishes are carried out with dignity and respect. Contact us to learn more about how we can serve you across Texas.

Wills and Probate

Reasons you’ll love the “The Red Headed Lawyer”


There are so many different ways lawyers charge! Some say flat fee, some say retainer, some say flat fee for this or that, retainer and hourly rate for something else. At Essex Law Firm, P.C., every case is a flat-fee case, specifically geared to you. This means you know up-front exactly what your case is going to cost and you don’t pay for what we don’t do. (We even offer an electronic funds transfer (EFT) payment plan and you can make payments via LawPay.)


You have the right to assume that any lawyer you hire will have at least some experience. Is it enough for your case. The “Red Headed Lawyer” has 31 years experience. She has practiced many times in front of almost every judge in Harris and Montgomery counties. She lets you know what to expect from your court and your judge.


Every lawyer must pass the Texas bar exam and be licensed to practice in Texas. Beyond that, what do you need? You need a Houston, Woodlands, Conroe divorce attorney who keeps up with the law, attends continuing legal education events regularly, and is not too busy to do what is necessary to win for you, including doing research if necessary.

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