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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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Legal Knowledge
4.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
4.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Emma Louise Conlin Haw
Reviewed by Emma Louise Conlin Haw May 20, 2020
Rating: 9 Justia Lawyer Rating - 9 out of 10
In the years I have known her, Beth has shown me her diligence in her practice of estate planning and probate. She is friendly yet firm in her communication with colleagues and clients. I have relied on her for advice when needed, and she has always been responsive and helpful.
Reviewed by Brittney B. August 11, 2020
Very honest and thorough - has your best interests at heart!
Beth worked with my father to help him with revise his will. My dad has limited communication skills and she was very patient and understanding with him. She took the time to explain things in layman's terms to both myself and my father. She also reviewed his previous will and pointed out gaps that the previous attorney left open. She was extremely thorough and made sure all his wishes were clearly laid out on paper.
Reviewed by Ozzy M. August 6, 2020
Great and friendly lawyer
I had Beth help our family after my mother died. Beth was able to put together all the paper work for the property quickly and easily. She was always ready to answer my questions and always had time for us during this difficult time. Her professional manner gave my confidence all would be resolved in our favor and her approachability made it easy for us to communicate with her. I am so happy to have had her as our lawyer and so will you.
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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!

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
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Zoom
  • FreeConferenceCall
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.
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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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
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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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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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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Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Moms of Multiples
Estate Planning Documents: Why you need them
Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered
Q. My mother put me as payable on death on one of her checking accounts. Do I have to share that with other beneficiaries?
A: As a POD beneficiary, you are only required to share those specific funds with any other named POD on that account. If you are the only POD beneficiary, then you are not required to share those funds with anyone else because that account passes outside of the Will to the named beneficiary(ies) on that account.
Q. The question I have is about a probate of of a will
A: Generally, a Will needs to be probated within four years of the Decedent's death. Until a Will is probated, the named executor in the Will has no powers to administer the estate. The named executor must first qualify to serve as the executor and be appointed as the executor by the Judge. A probate attorney will walk you through the probate process.
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.
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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.
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