Estate Planning & Probate


Every family is unique, and every family has unique estate planning needs. For some individuals, a simple will and an advance health care directive may suffice to protect assets and guide future health care decisions. Other individuals and families may wish to take advantage of a complete estate planning process — to provide for the care of minor children, to distribute assets across generations and to minimize estate taxes.

Families and individuals who have built a sizeable estate are often looking for the assurance that their estate plan will protect their hard work and allow as much as possible to be handed down to loved ones and charitable organizations.

Ramona Kantack Alcántara, now Of Counsel for the Brown Law Firm, has decades of experience handling complex and involved estates, providing solutions and sound guidance to protect as much of your estate as possible and ensure that it is handed down according to your wishes. We offer our clients access to experienced attorneys who are dedicated to providing clear advice and intelligent solutions.

Estate Planning Solutions to Protect Your Loved Ones

In our estate planning practice, we work closely with families of all sizes, whether you are a permanent resident or only spend your winters here. You may know precisely what kind of estate planning device you need, or you may know only that the time has come to develop a comprehensive estate plan. Please reference Do I Need a Will or Living Trust?

We pride ourselves on crafting strong wills and trusts that address the unique concerns of each individual with whom we work. Working with accountants and other tax advisers, we craft individualized estate planning solutions to achieve your estate planning objectives and minimize estate taxes.

Once you have determined the approach that best fits your needs, we will prepare and implement the documents necessary to put your estate plan in place:

  • Wills to provide for the distribution of assets upon death
  • Advance health care directives to provide for your own health care if you are incapacitated
  • Trusts, which are often used to minimize estate taxes, provide for future generations of beneficiaries, make gifts to charitable organizations and provide for children with special medical or other needs
  • Family businesses or charitable organizations in order to minimize estate tax liability and exert future control over family assets
  • Marital partitioning agreements to protect family assets against creditor claims
  • Guardianship and conservatorship agreements and petitions to provide care for children and elderly or incapacitated family members

Our Probate Practice

If you have been designated as the executor, administrator, conservator or personal representative of an estate, we can help you meet the requirements of the probate court and successfully settle the estate. We will help you prepare and file documents required to complete the probate process, and will act as your advocate in proceedings with the probate court. Our attorneys will help you prepare and submit an accounting of the assets of the estate, work with you to pay the final debts and taxes of the estate, and oversee the orderly distribution of assets in accordance with the terms of a will or the intestate succession laws.

Learn More ∙ Schedule a Confidential Consultation

We invite you to learn more about our law firm, our attorneys and our areas of practice.

To find out how we can help with your specific estate planning needs, schedule a confidential consultation with one of our lawyers. Use our online contact form or call us at 956-761-8000. Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and evenings and weekends by special appointment. We charge reasonable and competitive fees and will travel to meet with you, if necessary.

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We have solid relationships in and knowledge of the local communities of deep South Texas, including South Padre Island, Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen, Raymondville, and Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties. Ms. Kantack Alcántara, Of Counsel for the Brown Law Firm, has built a state-wide reputation for expertise in real estate, including property owner and condominium owner associations and their governance. We have the knowledge, experience and credibility to effectively and efficiently guide you in addressing your legal needs and challenges.


The Brown Law Firm, with Ramona Kantack Alcántara Of Counsel, brings both local expertise and knowledge gleaned over decades of experience in 4 states to effectively address your real estate, business, financing, property and condominium owner association law and development, and related legal concerns.

South Padre Island Office
4701 Padre Blvd, #3706
South Padre Island, TX 78597