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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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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!

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
Honors: 1991 History and Political Science Outstanding Senior
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Professional Experience
Serafini Smith Law Firm
- Current
Springer Law Firm
Bowman Heintz Boscia & Vician
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Moms of Multiples
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Professional Associations
Katy Bar Association
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Fort Bend Bar Association
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State Bar of Texas  # 24070594
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Indiana State Bar Association  # 20367-45
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana Supreme Court
ID Number: 20367-45
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State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 24070594
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  • 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 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
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. What is the difference between an Affidavit of Heirship and Application for Determination of Heirship.
A: Briefely: An Affidavit of Heirship is used when there is no Will, filled out/completed by two disinterested witnesses, and then the affidavit is filed with the real property clerk. The affidavits are used to transfer property to the rightful heirs after the owner's death. An Application to Determine Heirship is used when there is no Will and a Court is needed to determine who the heirs are to an estate. Witnesses will be required to give oral and written testimony as to the personal and family relationships of the decedent. The Judge will sign a Judgment stating who the rightful heirs are to the estate.
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.
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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 (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: I am happy to offer after normal business hour appointments and Saturday appointments.