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Beth Ann Serafini-Smith

Beth Ann Serafini-Smith

Serafini Smith Law Firm
  • Probate, Estate Planning
  • Indiana, Texas
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Biography

Beth A. Serafini-Smith is a distinguished graduate of Purdue University and a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law. She is a member of both the Katy Bar Association and the Fort Bend County Bar Association.

Beth began her law career in the field of Creditor/Debtor law after being admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1997. She provided direct support to several Fortune 500 companies and handled all matters associated with securing outstanding funds for her clients.

Beth moved to Texas with her family in 2005, and she passed the Texas Bar Exam in 2009. As a means to further enhance her legal experience, she interned at the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. She has been practicing law in the area of Probate and Estate Planning since March of 2012.

In August 2013 The Serafini Smith Law Firm opened its doors. The firm focuses on Probate, Estate Planning, and Trusts. Beth is also appointed by probate judges in both Fort Bend County and Harris County as an Attorney Ad Litem. Beth is proud to serve clients in Katy, Richmond, West Houston and surrounding areas!

Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Purdue University - Purdue University Calumet
B.A. (1991) | Political Science, emphasis in Criminal Justice, Minor in Sociology
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Honors: 1991 History and Political Science Outstanding Senior
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Professional Experience
attorney
Serafini Smith Law Firm
- Current
attorney
Springer Law Firm
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attorney
Bowman Heintz Boscia & Vician
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Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Moms of Multiples
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Awards
Professional Associations
Katy Bar Association
member
Current
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Fort Bend Bar Association
member
Current
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State Bar of Texas  # 24070594
attorney
- Current
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Indiana State Bar Association  # 20367-45
attorney
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
Indiana Supreme Court
ID Number: 20367-45
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Texas
State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24070594
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Clients receive up to one hour for a free consultation.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Probate matters are billed hourly. Estate Planning packages are a flat fee.
Practice Areas
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Additional Practice Areas
  • Wills
  • Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Living Will/ Advanced Directive
  • Appointment of Guardian for Minor Children
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Appointment of Guardian if the Need Arises
  • Independent Administrations
  • Muniment of Title
  • Small Estate Affidavits
  • Heirship Determinations
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Father died recently left estate to 3 kids. Youngest named executor and the oldest is challenging the executor-ship.
A: It sounds like an attorney is going to be needed. It's unfortunate when siblings are at odds with each other, but it happens. The one named as the executor should start with hiring an attorney. The probate attorney can help direct the process in the right direction.
Q. please see prior question that was not answered. if someone has no one to designate, can a lawyer be that person. thanks
A: I am not sure what you are asking, but, if you are asking if an attorney can be designated as an executor under a Will, the answer is yes, but you would want to ask that attorney first if he/she would agree to serve as the executor. Furthermore, you would always want to have an alternate executor named in case the attorney you designated first to serve is not able to act as executor for whatever reason.
Q. What if neither the inventory or in lieu of was filed with the probate court in TX and it's been 5mos
A: Has there been an extension granted? If not, under the Texas Estates Code, any person interested in the estate can ask the Court to to cite the personal representative and the Court could possibly fine the personal representative up to $1,000.00, unless the personal representative can show the Court good cause for failing to file the inventory or affidavit in lieu of the inventory.
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Website
Contact & Map
Serafini Smith Law Firm
24044 Cinco Village Center Blvd.
Suite #100
Katy, TX 77494
Telephone: (281) 644-0438
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
Notice: I am happy to offer after normal business hour appointments and Saturday appointments.