Free Consultation: (210) 826-1122Tap to Call This Lawyer
Paul Premack

Paul Premack

Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law in Texas and in Washington State
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law
  • Texas, Washington
Review This Lawyer
Badges
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&ASocial Media
Biography

Paul Premack is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation. He was a founding member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and has been a NAELA member since 1989.

His practice encompasses estate planning for individuals, couples and families of all ages, probate to assist surviving heirs when a family member dies, and elder law to assist clients with specific legal challenges. Paul is a Geriatric Scholar via the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Paul has written the legal column for the San Antonio Express-News and other Hearst Newspapers. His column archives are located at www.premack.com.

He is the author of "Thinking Beyond Tomorrow," served as 2019-20 President of the Texas Chapter (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys), is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Washington State Bar Association, the San Antonio Bar Association, and the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law section of the State Bar. Paul is a Life Fellow of the San Antonio Bar Foundation and is a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

Practice Areas
    Probate
    Probate Administration
    Estate Planning
    Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, Discover card
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
Washington
Washington State Bar Association
ID Number: 56168
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
The Premack Law Office
- Current
President
Texas Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
-
Education
University of Houston - Main Campus
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1982) | Law
University of Houston - Main Campus Logo
Awards
Barbara Kishpaugh Award
San Antonio Bar Association Elder Law Division
Professional Associations
National Elder Law Foundation
Certified Elder Law Attorney
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Texas Bar College
Fellow
Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Texas State Bar  # 16245900
Member
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Texas Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
President
-
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Publications
Articles & Publications
San Antonio Express News, Premack Column Archive
San Antonio Express News
Thinking Beyond Tomorrow
Longview
Speaking Engagements
Advance Directives, UT Austin School of Law and Texas NAELA 2018 Summer Conference, Galveston, TX
UT Austin
Certifications
Certified Elder Law Attorney
National Elder Law Foundation
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Premack Law Office website
Blog
Paul Premack's Legal Tips and Ideas on Estate Planning, Probate, & Elder Law
Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered
Q. Can an adjudication of guilt on my record as a felon in Texas mean that I cannot be an Independent Executor?
A: Flat out "yes". A felony on your record is a disqualification by law, and a court cannot allow you to act as Executor even if you are so nominated in the person's Will.
Q. Father died without a will, need to close his bank account. need all the help i can get.
A: Since your father resided in Texas and died in Texas, any action on his estate needs to happen under Texas law. I am licensed in both Texas and Washington. You can ask the bank if your father specified a "Pay on Death" beneficiary for the bank account. If so, they should release the funds to the named beneficiary with only the death certificate and filling out some of their forms. But I suspect that there is no "Pay on Death" designation because the bank asked for Letters Testamentary. Since your father died without a Will, you cannot get Letters Testamentary. Instead, the route for you would be either a) getting Letters of Administration and a Determination of Heirship - which is complex and expensive, or b) using a Small Estate Affidavit if the total of your father's assets is below $75,000. You should have a consultation with a Texas attorney to explore the options available under these facts.
Q. Is a Small Estate Affidavit only to be used if the deceased did not have a will?
A: You are correct. A Small Estate Affidavit, pursuant to Texas statute, may only be used when the person died intestate (without a Will), and then only for non-real estate assets that do not exceed $75,000 in value (except for the homestead, which can be included and of higher value if passing to a spouse or dependent). The Executor who was appointed under the probated Will should be able to present a document obtained from the court called "letters testamentary" to facilitate the stock transfer. If the Will was probated as a "Muniment of Title" then there will be no Executor, and any heir would present a certified copy of the Court's Order admitting the Will to Probate as a Muniment of Title along with a certified copy of the Will. Both would be obtained from the county clerk or probate clerk's office in the county where the Will was probated.
View More Answers
Contact & Map
San Antonio, Texas Office
San Antonio, TX, USA
Telephone: (210) 826-1122
Monday: 9 AM - 5 AM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: All consults should be scheduled online at www.Premack.com and are held via video or phone.
Bellevue, Washington Office
Bellevue, WA, USA
Telephone: (206) 905-1122
Notice: All consults should be scheduled online at www.Premack.com and are held via video or phone.
Toggle tool

There are no recently viewed profiles.

There are no saved profiles.

There are no profiles to compare.