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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
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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.
Client Reviews
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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Summary

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, 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 Chat and 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
9 Questions Answered

Q. If i am legally still married and he died. Then shouldn't his estate go to his spouse ?
A: It depends if your spouse had a valid Will. If he did not, his estate would pass through the intestacy laws of Texas, and that doesn't necessarily mean the surviving spouse would get everything. The type of property (community or separate and real or personal) would dictate who inherits. I would recommend contacting a probate attorney for a consultation.
Q. My mother passed away and left the house to my sister and me,we are the beneficiaries. We want to sell the house.
A: Yes, you can file the Will for probate but there may be other probate options available to you, depending on any other property or assets that need transferred. I would recommend consulting with a probate attorney in your area to discuss the options available for you.
Q. My stepmother wants me to sign a paper to relinquish my rights to my father's estate.
A: I would definitely not recommend signing anything until you speak with a probate attorney. Most probate attorneys will offer free 30 minute or 1 hour consultations. You don't want to sign anything until you know exactly what you may be entitled to and potentially relinquishing your rights to.
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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 (Today)
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: I am happy to offer after normal business hour appointments and Saturday appointments.
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