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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 2011.

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 Fort Bend County, Harris County, and her new office in Montgomery County.

Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (1996) | Law
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Purdue University Northwest
B.A. (1991) | Political Science
Emphasis in Criminal Justice; Minor in Sociology; History and Political Science Outstanding Senior, 1991
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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
Why everyone should have a Will, Rotary Club of Cinco Ranch
Probate Estate Planning Presentation, Tamarron
Estate Planning and Probate, Wellsprings Neighborhood, Katy, Texas
Wellsprings Neighborhood
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Moms of Multiples
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Awards
Client Champion - GOLD
Martindale-Hubbell
Client's Choice Award 5.0/5.0
Avvo
2013, 2015-2018, 2020
Best Probate Lawyers in Sugar Land
Expertise.com
Very Good Rating
Avvo
A+ Accredited Business Rating
BBB
Since 2016
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
Member
- Current
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Indiana State Bar Association  # 20367-45
Member
- 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
  • 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. How do I make sure my wife gets everything if I die? I want no claims for previous kids
A: In order for your assets to go to a specific person, you need a valid Texas Will to handle your probate assets, or you need to name that person as the beneficiary on the assets/accounts for non-probate assets.

Failure to do do either of those may give others a right to those assets, or parts of those assets when you die.

Without a valid Texas Will, your probate assets will pass through the laws of intestacy, and the Texas Estates Code will dictate who inherits.
Q. My mother passed last week and I am executor and sole beneficiary of her estate. My estranged brother sent a text
A: Until you are appointed as the executor you are not required to give anyone a copy of the Will. Until you are appointed, you really have no legal authority to handle any aspect of her estate; a Will is just a piece of paper until the Court rules it is a valid Will and admits it to probate.
Q. In Texas probate (heirship determination), is a Motion to Appoint an Ad Litem required for the judge to appoint one?
A: Yes, in Texas, if you die without a Will, an Attorney Ad Litem (AAL) is required to be appointed by the Judge. The AAL's job is to represent any unknown or incapacitated heirs. The AAL will research the decedent's personal and family history and speak with family and at least 2 disinterested witnesses to find any unknown heirs. The AAL reports his/her findings back to the Judge at the hearing.
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Client Testimonials
Contact & Map
Serafini Smith Law Firm
Katy Office
21408 Provincial Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
Telephone: (936) 323-3336
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: I am happy to offer after-hour and Saturday appointments.