Estrada Law, P.C.

Attorney, Michele Ungvarsky offers legal services including ESTATE PLANNING (Wills and Codicils, Adult and Minor, Guardian Designations, Tax Planning, Durable Power of Attorney for Business and Finances, Medical Power of Attorney) PROBATE

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Firm Overview

Does the idea of preparing your will put you off? Many people believe it is something only old rich people must do. Don't believe it! Estate planning is a process to get your affairs in order so you will make life easier for your surviving family members when you die. Estate planning is something you do for your family. An estate plan is about your family not money! It can help maintain healthy family relationships during a tense and traumatic time.

It is never too early to plan with a simple last will and testament, advance health directives and durable power of attorney. We hear about or maybe you know someone who suffered a fatal heart attack, stroke or was involved in a car accident. Events like this do no leave time for you to plan for your family. It is better to have estate planning documents in place before they are needed and before it is too late to make them.

Remember that estate planning is not just for what happens to your assets after you die. You need protection in case you suffer incapacity or the inability to speak or act for yourself. Having a durable power of attorney for health care and to manage your assets right away can prevent a situation that creates work and hassle for everyone during an extremely difficult and emotionally demanding time. Estate planning covers you in your lifetime and death.

It doesn't have to be difficult, expensive or depressing. For the vast majority of people there is no need to worry about estate taxes or fancy trusts. It takes only a few steps: looking at what you own, have a simple will or trust made to take care of your family and loved ones and reviewing your beneficiary designations on other accounts.

Do you already have a will and other estate planning documents? How old are they? What life events have occurred since they were prepared? Have your estate planning documents reviewed after a divorce in the family, after a death, after the birth of children or grandchildren, if there is there a remarriage with a second family involved. There are many other reasons to have your estate planning documents updated.

My goal with estate planning is to ensure that my clients set up a plan that will accomplish their goals should the unexpected happen. It is just as important that the clients understand the plan they have in place. Every family is different and so every estate plan must be approached differently. My goal with probate is to ensure the process happens as efficiently as possible, but also to make the process as painless as it can be.

If you can not come to us, I will travel to meet you and regularly do so to assist elderly or disabled clients in the las Cruces and El Paso metro areas.


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Main Office

Main Office
4611 Research Park Circle #A-112
Las Cruces  NM  88001

Phone
  • 575.556.2462
Fax
  • 575.556.2464

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We give monthly workshops to help you understand Estate Planning.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Each client's circumstances are unique and the fee structure is adjusted accordingly based on the particular needs of each client. As a result, I require that a client complete an estate plan questionnaire before quoting a fee for an estate plan.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4 PM

Estate Planning
Estrada Law offers services all around the Southern New Mexico Area including El Paso. The services include estate planning, wills and trusts, estate planning for traditional, blended, LGBT and individuals, probate avoidance planning, long term care
If you care about the financial security of your loved ones, then having an estate plan is a necessity. An estate is defined as any property owned by you. So, if you own a home, have a savings or retirement account, or own a business, you have an estate. When you sit down with a qualified estate-planning attorney, you will find there are many ways to give what you have to whom you want, the way you want, when you want. Whether you are graduating from college, starting your first job, getting married, having a baby, dealing with illness, divorce or other major issues, your estate plan must change and grow with you. Wills and trusts are important parts of the puzzle, but caring for ourselves and our loved ones while we and they are alive is vital to the quality of the life we want to live. At Estrada Law, our mission is to help our clients through the changes in life and to plan for whatever may come in the future. We are proud of our wide-ranging approach to meeting individual client needs. We make certain that you completely understand the complicated tax, financial and legal terminology and concepts. We welcome your questions, and will work with you to implement plans that meet your needs, and the needs of your family and loved ones. You do not need to be wealthy to need an estate plan. In face everyone should have at very least a WILL, Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy.
Each client’s estate planning objectives are different and we will work with you to create a plan tailored to your specific needs. We can handle all aspects of your estate planning including:
Wills
Living Wills and Healthcare Surrogates/Durable Powers of Attorney
Revocable and Irrevocable Trust Agreements
Life Insurance Trusts
Special Needs Trust
Medicaid Planning and Veterans Benefits

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We use the term Designs because your plan will be designed by you, the client, not us. Our approach creates a plan that fits you, the individual, not try to push you into a plan we have already created. You will tell us exactly what you want. You will tell us what affects you and how important it is to you. Based on your input we then create a unique and individual plan for you.
At Estrada Law, P.C., we will provide you with the most thorough and considered advice and support possible. If you are facing a difficult decision regarding the care of yourself or a loved one, or if you have concerns about the future of your estate, your family's assets, and how they can be managed in a responsible way, you don't have to make these decisions alone.
The staff at Estrada Law, P.C., will treat you with dignity and respect, just as if you were one of our family members, not a client. We are dedicated to providing top quality client support and service for all of your asset protection needs. Please see our practice areas below. Every person that walks through our door is the most important person in need, regardless of the service they seek or the assets they have.

Michele Ungvarsky

Michele graduated from law school in December of 1994. She practiced law in Albuquerque until 2009 when she relocated to the Las Cruces area. Michele has a unique understanding of issues facing families during disability and health crises because her mother and father (who was suffering from advanced Alzheimer's) moved in with her. Michele is committed to helping families "plan it forward" so there are comprehensive plans in place in the case of disability or death.
License
  • Bar Number: 24078069
    Texas , 2011
  • Bar Number: 8100
    New Mexico , 1995
Education
  • University of New Mexico Law School
    J.D. , 2004

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Articles Written

Do you know your aging parent's financial situation?

Created On: 11/20/2013

It is extremely difficult for families to discuss who will make financial decisions for an aging fam

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