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Real Estate Law
Whether you live in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville or Cedar Park, we are able to accommodate your needs for real estate legal services. We provide comprehensive, efficient work product in a timely manner no matter how routine or complex your matter may be.Read More

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If you have recently lost a loved one and need to navigate the probate process, Sheehan Law, PLLC will strive to make this difficult time as simple and comfortable as possible.Read More

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Sheehan Law, PLLC services estate planning clients throughout Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Cedar Park. Let us help you protect the culmination of a lifetime of planning, saving and hard work.Read More

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Sheehan Law, PLLC is an Austin-area law practice offering services in wills and estate planning, probate, real estate, and civil litigation matters. Our approach is simple: we seek to provide consistent professional excellence with a constant focus on achieving our clients’ goals in the most efficient way possible. The cases entrusted to us receive the personal attention that only a small firm can provide, and we measure our success by the results we deliver to our clients. We maintain open communication with our clients and high ethical standards throughout the entire process.

This website exists in part as an ongoing effort to provide people in Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and the rest of Texas with the information necessary to become more informed consumers of legal services. We encourage you to use the resources available here and contact us for an initial consultation when you are ready to proceed.


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Texas Medicaid Estate Recovery Program Attorney – Part II

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In a previous article we discussed the basics of the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (MERP) in Texas and when the State of Texas may attempt to recover money it has paid for long-term care services provided for a loved one in a nursing home. Often the homestead is the largest asset a person leaves when they die. If a loved one was receiving government benefits to help pay for long-term care, the MERP program may affect how family members inherit the home upon a person’s passing. In this article we will discuss options and alternatives with the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program in Texas and how to best protect assets, including the homestead. Austin elder law attorney Farren Sheehan can help answer questions and assist families with Medicaid...

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Texas Medicaid Estate Recovery Program – Part I

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When a family member needs long term care and the family cannot take care of their loved one at home, many times the only alternative is a nursing home. Nursing home care can be expensive, requiring many families to obtain government assistance such as Medicaid to help pay for the care. However, upon the loved one’s passing there may be financial consequences. In this article we will discuss the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program in Texas and in particular, how an estate or a homestead in an estate may be affected. Austin elder law attorney Farren Sheehan can help answer questions and assist families with Medicaid applications, qualification planning, and the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program.

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Temporary Administration in Texas

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Sometimes immediate action is necessary to protect a decedent's property before formal probate proceedings can be handled. For example, when a Will is contested or the beneficiaries or family members of a decedent cannot agree on who should be appointed as an executor or administrator, it may be necessary to ask a court to appoint a temporary administrator to handle the estate. In this article we will discuss temporary probate administration in Texas. If you have a situation where quick action is necessary to protect a decedent's property in the Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, or Pflugerville areas, contact probate lawyer Farren Sheehan to discuss temporary administration in probate.

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Ancillary Administration in Texas

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If a decedent lived in a state other than Texas but also owned real estate in Texas, the family may use an ancillary Texas probate administration to pass title to the Texas real property. If the non-resident decedent left a Will, this is known as a foreign Will. If the foreign Will was probated in another state or country, the ancillary administration of that foreign Will is usually simpler than an original probate in Texas. In this article we will discuss ancillary probate administration in Texas. If you have a loved one who has died and owned real property in the Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock or Pflugerville areas, contact probate lawyer Farren Sheehan to discuss ancillary administration in probate for transferring title to the property.

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Affidavits of Heirship for Real Property

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Sometimes when people die without leaving a Will, it is not necessary to go through a full probate process in court to distribute the decedent's property. There are less costly alternatives that family members can use, depending on the type of property that was left. An Affidavit of Heirship is generally used when someone dies without a Will and the estate consists primarily of real property titled in his or her name. It can also be used when more than four years have elapsed since the decedent passed away. In this article we will discuss Affidavits of Heirship and how they generally work in Texas. If you are in the Austin and Pflugerville areas and have questions about Affidavits of Heirship, contact Austin probate lawyer Farren Sheehan...

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Affidavit of Heirship for Real Property

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Sometimes when people die without leaving a Will, it is not necessary to go through a full probate process in court to distribute the decedent's property. There are less costly alternatives that family members can use, depending on the type of property that was left. An Affidavit of Heirship is generally used when someone dies without a Will and the estate consists primarily of real property titled in his or her name. It can also be used when more than four years have elapsed since the decedent passed away. In this article we will discuss Affidavits of Heirship and how they generally work in Texas. If you are in the Austin and Pflugerville areas and have questions about Affidavits of Heirship, contact Austin probate lawyer Farren Sheehan...

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Dying Without A Will For Common Law Same Sex Couples

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Many people in Texas don't have a Will. However, if a person dies without a Will directing to whom their property passes, the person dies "intestate" and the laws of intestacy determine who gets the deceased's property. As we will discuss in this article, it is especially important to have a Will if the person the testator wishes to leave his or her property to is a common law spouse or same sex partner. In this article we will discuss Texas laws and the dangers of dying without a Will for same sex and non-married couples. To avoid intestacy, it is wise to contact a probate attorney such as Austin probate lawyer Farren Sheehan for help drafting a Will.

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Disqualifying or Removing an Independent Executor in Texas

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Usually when a person leaves a Will designating an Executor or Executrix, the Executor is a person that the decedent was close to or trusted. However, there are times when the trusted Executor or Executrix may fail to perform his or her duties, has a conflict of interest, has become incapacitated, or has committed gross misconduct involving the estate. When this occurs the Executor or Executrix may need to be disqualified or removed. In this article we will discuss disqualifying and removing an Independent Executor in Texas. If you are in the Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park or Pflugerville areas and have questions about Executor duties, contact probate lawyer Farren Sheehan for an initial consultation.

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Small Estates Affidavits in Texas

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When a person dies intestate (without leaving a Will), it is not always necessary to go through a full probate process in court to distribute the decedent's property to rightful heirs. There are less expensive alternatives that family members may use, depending on the size of the estate and the type of property that was left. A Small Estate Affidavit is generally used when someone dies without a Will and the total value of the estate, not including the value of a homestead or exempt property, is less than $50,000. In this article we will discuss Small Estate Affidavits and how they generally work in Texas. If you are in the Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock or Pflugerville areas and have questions about Small Estate Affidavits, contact...

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