I reached out to Debbie for estate planning for my mother and myself. I had recently lost my dad and going through that without a will in place was troublesome especially while trying to grieve. My mom and I immediately loved Debbie's personality and ease at the way she explained everything. She was able to provide advice on my dad's estate as well as prepare both my will and my mom's. I couldn't have asked for a better person to lay out the process and answer all my questions in person, by phone, and email. You can't go wrong with Debbie.
Kaitlin is Amazing
Kaitlin took what can / could be a very emotional and trying time and made it a very peaceful and smooth process. My wife doesn't like to think about the day that one of us passes, but knows that we needed to have everything in place. kaitilin walked us throught the entire process, explained everything and answered our questions and the whole time, made my wife, and me too, feel very comfortable while we planned for that unavoidable day. Thanky ou Kaitlin, you are AWESOME!!!
Debbie is honest and trustworthy
I was impressed with the level of Debbie’s professionalism and will recommend her to anyone who needs help with handling probate for a Will.
This is the attorney to call!
Kaitlin Philley was recommended to me by my financial advisor when my husband passed away last year. She met with me and family and helped us through a very difficult time. She was by my side through probate court, prepared and encouraged me, and showed great compassion in the process. I would very highly recommend Kaitlin and the Law Offices of Debbie J. Cunningham.
My wife and I were looking for a Texas attorney that could help us with our estate planning, which included establishing our family trust. We had complex issues in that we owned real estate in 3 states and she was able to find good attorneys and worked with them efficiently and effectively. Debbie did a great job bring it all together for us. We intend to use her in the future and highly recommend her services!
JIM AND TINA AHO
Great to Work With
Kaitlin helped us to update our will and get everything in order now that our children are grown. She was prompt, knowledgeable and got our documents back to us ready to sign on the date she promised. Thank you for a smooth process!!!
KEITH & MOLLY NELSON
My Highest Recommendation
Debbie was at all times helpful and professional. She and her staff have taken care of our probate process needs throughout the passing of our father and then our brother. Everything we needed to know was clearly and completely explained in a kind and timely manner. Debbie was there for us at every step. I cannot recommend her more highly!
My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Kaitlin on a number of estate planning documents. She was extremely patient and thorough with us as this was our first time dealing with these important documents. She explained our wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc. in terms that were easy to understand. Will definitely return to her if we have future estate planning needs -she’s terrific!
Debbie Went Out of Her Way to Accommodate Us
My husband and I recently used Debbie Cunningham to prepare some estate planning paperwork for both of us. She was very thorough in explaining what everything meant. She went out of her way to accommodate us when it came time for the final signing. I would definitely recommend her to everyone.
MARSHA & RICHARD ZINT
Outstanding Work by Kaitlin
I recently had a life-threatening event happen to me. I was very confused in how to proceed in preparing a living-will. Kaitlin was great. She prepared all the papers. Very professional lawyer.
With Debbie, You Know She Will Take Care of Everything
Debbie was invaluable in settling my father’s estate. She understands what needs to be done, and accomplishes the necessary tasks with compassion and kindness. She realizes the difficult times her clients face with the loss of loved ones and takes care of sensitive matters in a comforting way. With Debbie, you know she will take care of everything. I would recommend her to anyone that has to take care of the final affairs of a loved one.
We Highly Recommend Debbie
Debbie worked with me and my wife on our Estate Planning and Wills. She listened to our objectives and concerns and was able to help us sort out a number of issues. Her experience and knowledge really helped us get to our goal. We highly recommend Debbie and are happy with our results.
Debbie Cunningham’s Law Firm Has Been All I Could Expect
Working with Debbie Cunningham’s law firm has been all I could expect professionally, and with an added bonus of them taking the extra time to be sure my mother-in-law completely understood and agreed with all the aspects of her legal affairs.
Highest Praise to Debbie For Her Expertise and Helpfulness!
My elderly parents recently moved to Texas from Colorado. Their Colorado attorney recommended that they meet with a Texas attorney to assure that their Will and associated Powers of Attorney were in good order for their new home State. Debbie did a great job helping them get everything in done. As she worked with my parents, my husband and I took a look at our Will and realized it was no longer up-to-date and needed refreshing. Debbie took the time to help us navigate the unique challenges we faced in setting up Guardianship for our minor children and guided us through all the necessary steps to assure us that we have done our very best to protect our family in the event we pass on. Highest praise to Debbie for her expertise and helpfulness! She was attentive and very prompt in all correspondences throughout our time with her. We gladly recommend her services!
BILL AND SANDY LOWRY
Thank Goodness I Was Recommended to Kaitlin Philley
I had put off creating my will and powers of attny and all that stuff for SO many years! Since my divorce 5 years ago, I had my kids as beneficiaries to receive my assets, but, since they are both under 18, it would be a mess if I didn’t get my affairs in order! Yesterday! I did not have the time nor patience to try to do it myself! Thank goodness I was recommended to Kaitlin Philley! She was so helpful in explaining the details to me, and everything we discussed was in the paperwork, sign and done! Best decision to let a professional handle this most important paperwork of all, for the benefit of my kids!
SHALA RAY ANDERSON
Thank You for Your Friendship and Support
Debbie, I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff members for your excellent work and professionalism in helping me through the legal process in handling my wife’s estate. Most importantly, I want to thank you personally for your friendship and support during this very difficult time. I could not have gotten through this without your guidance and counsel.
Very Pleased with Revisions to Estate Documents
I was very pleased with the revisions to my existing will. I also needed a couple of new documents and those were also handled properly. I was advised on other issues and we made the appropriate changes. I feel very confident with all the new revisions and additions that were made and will contact Mrs. Cunningham if I have other issues of concern. Everyone in the office is great and very friendly. It was a pleasant experience overall.
Debbie Was Kind and Sensitive to Our Needs
Debbie offered me and my family exactly what we need in putting our Estate Plan together. From the initial phone call through the very last meetings together it was obvious that this firm had their processes down to a science and executed at the professional level my family expected. We received educational resources to understand our options, we were provided time to ask questions and feel comfortable with the deliverables we would need, and ultimately able to tweak the final products as we considered more and more scenarios and how to address each of them in the plan. Debbie was kind and sensitive to our needs and executed at the highest level. I would recommend Debbie and this firm to anyone.
Kaitlin was Especially Patient
Debbie Cunningham and Kaitlin Philley were very understanding of my specific request & needs when looking into setting up my husband & mines will/estate. Kaitlin was especially patient while I worked through the specific details. Kaitlin never pressured me and helped me through the process. I would highly recommend Debbie Cunningham’s firm and Kaitlin Philley.
M. CHERIE HUNDLEY
Debbie prepared my will and a supporting document. I found Debbie to be thorough and timely in her work for me. She communicated promptly through e-mail and by phone. I may need future documents, and I definitely will use Debbie again for the work. She is well-connected with other professionals, and she shared a resource that I have employed. I appreciate Debbie and recommend her!
Debbie and Her Staff Were Professional and Courteous Every Step of the Way
I recently had the need to have a Will done on short notice due to a medical procedure. Debbie and her staff were there to work with me and my schedule and were professional and courteous every step of the way. At the end of the day, I was able to get my Will completed in short order and was extremely pleased with her and her staff and would highly recommend them. They offer multiple services as well and again I highly recommend her for any of your legal needs in those areas. Thanks so much Debbie for your great service.
Debbie is An Amazing Attorney
Where there is NO will, there IS a way – Imagine my surprise when I was returning from a visit to my parents for the summer and I received a phone call telling me that my husband was dead. He died suddenly from a heart attack. His two adopted children came in for the funeral with the will that my husband of 12 years prepared when he was married to his first wife. They immediately challenged my staying in the house and my rights as their dad’s widow. My brother recommended I get a lawyer and he recommended Debbie as she had helped him and his wife with their estate planning documents. Debbie was eager to help and was a court the next day to start the probate with me as one of the executors. I called Debbie to provide guidance in the estate probate process. She was very patient explaining my rights as the spouse and community property laws. She worked tirelessly to mitigate my risk with regards to the disposition of the estate as the will produced did not mention me. The children and I did finally agree to the distribution of the estate assets in mediation hearing. And now I have my will updated and medical documents and powers of attorney that Debbie prepared. She is an amazing attorney. I highly recommend her to assist with any of your legal needs.
We are Impressed with the Level of Debbie’s Professionalism
Before my grandmother passed away, she contacted Debbie and hired her to update her will. We decided that it only made sense to hire Debbie when trying to probate Grandmother’s will. If Grandmother trusted Debbie, that was good enough for us. The only thing we were worried about was the distance to her office. We live 250 miles away and weren’t sure if that would be a problem. Debbie has been more than accommodating, making her services available to us and working around our schedules. We are very thankful for her flexibility. We expected the probate for Grandmother’s will to be fairly routine, but we quickly found out that things were a bit more complicated in our case. Despite this, Debbie has handled all the complex details of the probate and has been very thorough and prepared. Again, she knows the court system and understands the complexities of our case. The opposing counsel has been very contentious and combative. Debbie has kept us informed and calm, and had done a great job relieving our anxiety when things appeared to be going against us. We have been impressed with the level of Debbie’s professionalism and will recommend her to anyone who needs help in with estate planning or handling probate for a will. If the need ever arises, we will definitely utilize her professional services again.
Kaitlin Was Wonderful!
I first met Kaitlin when she was visiting the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce office where I work. I did not have an estate plan in place and needed more information. I was able to get in to see Kaitlin right away. She was compassionate, professional, knowledgeable, efficient and organized. I was dealing with a special situation and Kaitlin was very understanding and patient while I got things in order. While waiting on me, she quietly let me know she hadn’t forgotten about me. I just thought she was wonderful! I would hire her again and recommend her 100% to family and friends!
Kaitlin Was Easy to Work with, Professional, and Very Pleasant
While meeting with our financial planner, she recommended having our wills reviewed. She also suggested other needed estate planning documents and referred us to Kaitlin. We contacted Kaitlin and were pleased to meet with her within a few days. We found Kaitlin to be easy to work with, professional, and very pleasant. Kaitlin provided a smooth process and top-notch services. We would hire her again, and have recommended her to family and friends.
MITCH & TAMMY CASLER
Debbie is Very Knowledgeable About Estate Planning for Blended Families
I was attending one of Debbie’s presentations about the importance of creating an Estate Plan when it dawned on me that I had not updated my Will after my marriage. I have three young children, one from a previous relationship, in a blended family and it’s important that they are protected if anything should happen to me. Until I met Debbie, my future planning documents consisted of a “Will in a box” I had purchased long before getting married and having a family. Those types of Wills work for single individuals who don’t have any large possessions, but I no longer fit into that category. My wife and I realized it was time to hire a professional to help us map out our future. Debbie made me realize the importance of creating a custom estate plan by describing situations that never crossed my mind. No family is a cookie-cutter case and their estate plan shouldn’t be either. Her ability to communicate complicated issues and put them into perspective made the process much more pleasant. Debbie takes a positive approach and knows how to address the sensitive topics. She is very professional but still relates to people and their concerns for the future. I would recommend Debbie to anyone who wants to work with a down-to-earth, family-focused attorney.
Debbie Made Me Feel Like Her Top Priority
When my husband passed away suddenly, I was in a state of shock and completely overwhelmed. He didn’t have a Will or any other estate planning documents in place and I knew it was going to be a mess. My husband had children from a prior marriage and when they got involved in the arrangements, I didn’t know how we were going to work it all out. A friend referred me to Debbie Cunningham because she is very experienced with Probate when there isn’t a Will in place. Upon meeting her I knew she was the right person to help me. She was very calm and made me feel like my case was a priority for her. I had just lost my husband, and I needed someone to listen to me. What kept me sane was knowing that Debbie was taking care of the legal issues and I didn’t have to worry about it. She was on top of everything especially with the short time frame and pressured others to keep things moving forward at all times. Debbie is conscientious, diligent and very hard working. She makes things happen! Debbie made sure I got the fairest possible outcome–it was such a relief. She walked me through it every step of the way, and I leaned on her for everything–social security issues, veteran’s benefits, and even closing on the sale of my house. If you have someone that passes away without a Will, especially with step-children or a blended family, I would highly recommend Debbie Cunningham. It can be very complicated but Debbie really knows what she’s doing.
She was the Right Fit and More!
In 2010, after moving my father from Florida to Texas (due to his failing health), I needed to hire a local attorney to help me with the transfer of his court-appointed guardianship. I was interested in finding a female attorney, in a small firm, and close in proximity. I found Debbie through an online search and quickly discovered she was the right fit and more! Debbie impressed me by responding to my email right away and was very friendly and caring. I felt that she was not only available, but genuinely interested in helping, and was able to meet with me soon thereafter. Debbie exceeded my expectations – she was personable, professional – yet with a laid-back demeanor, responsive, approachable, and a genuinely nice person. She made me feel as though this was not just “another case.” I was very confident in her expertise and ability to take care of us and she did. Debbie did a wonderful job handling the complex details of my case, in a timely manner, all while showing kindness and sincerity throughout the process. I’ve shared this experience with many friends and family, some of who have since engaged Debbie’s services. After several months of working with Debbie on my father’s guardianship, she learned that I had a paralegal certificate specializing in Estate Planning and Probate Law. I have since been hired to join her team and help families the same way she helped mine. I was completely satisfied with her as my attorney and am even more grateful to have her as my boss!
I Always Felt Like Her Number 1 Client
Debbie handled my best friend’s Last Will and Testament prior to her passing. She and her husband had recommended Debbie to me after the sudden unexpected passing of my Dad. I interviewed several other attorneys over the phone that seemed to be monetarily focused. I chose Debbie to represent my Dad’s Estate due to her extreme compassion during an emotionally and stressful time. Although, a written Will was not created prior to his passing, he did express his wishes to many other family members. Unfortunately, his widow did not concur. Debbie explained the Texas probate process and each step involved in disputing an estate without a Will. She constantly side-noted difficult legal verbiage to layman terms ensuring the understanding of my responsibilities. She was the perfect mediator for this extremely tense and sensitive situation. I always felt like I was her #1 client. She was even gracious enough to travel two hours away to attend hearings. Her remarkable service was at extremely fair rates. She met and exceeded all my goals and expectations – 10 out of 10! I continue to HIGHLY recommend her to all those in need of Probate, Wills, and Estate Planning.
Debbie was Very In Tune with Our Needs
I wanted an experienced attorney who recognizes the sensitive nature of a case involving family members. My children’s great-grandfather passed and left them as beneficiaries to a trust. The trustee was supposed to transfer the trust over to my wife via a special directive but had not done so. I needed an attorney who understood the complexities of trust law and the probate system to represent my children’s interests. Debbie was very in tune with our needs. She understood that my family’s relationships were strained, and I wanted to avoid further tension. Debbie understood my family values and never let me lose sight of the bigger picture. Preserving family relationships was just as important as fulfilling the special directives. She really took the time to understand the personalities involved in our case and had the perfect balance of sensitivity and forcefulness that I was seeking. Her measured approach kept us out of court and resolved the matter, which is what we were looking for. Debbie’s strategy and timing was impeccable from start to finish. She provided personalized and exceptional service. I’m convinced that if it wasn’t for Debbie, we’d still be battling it out. Without a doubt, I would recommend Debbie to anyone needing representation.
Debbie Patiently Guided Me Through Every Step of the Estate Administration Process
Recently, I needed a legal advisor to guide me through my duties as an Estate Independent Administrator. In my search, I stumbled upon Debbie through a Google search. After hiring her, I quickly realized that she is an exceptional attorney and that I was lucky to have found her so easily. Debbie patiently guided me through every step of the estate administration process. Not only was she always there for me with excellent advice, but she provided that advice with a superb degree of professionalism and responsiveness. I always felt as though I could pick up the phone and call her if I ever had a question at any point during the process. Without a doubt, Debbie is a top-notch lawyer. I would recommend her to anyone in need of legal counsel.
Debbie Thoroughly Laid Out Every Possible Solution
After my wife passed, I needed help probating her will. I was recommended to Debbie Cunningham by my financial advisor. I trust my advisor with my money, so I certainly trust her to recommend an attorney. She did not let me down – I was very pleased with the work Debbie did for me, so much so that I asked her to draft a new will for me as well. I found that Debbie is very knowledgeable about the probate process and wills. She took her time and helped me understand every step of the process. She’s not a “pressure” type of person. When helping me, she thoroughly laid out every possible solution and allowed me to choose what I saw as the best option.
Kaitlin Was Professional, Well-Informed and Very Relational
We were traveling to Isreal soon and decided it would be a good time to update our Wills. Kaitlin was professional, well-informed and very relational. We were very pleased with her attention to detail, felt she did an outstanding job, and, overall, were very impressed with every aspect of her services. We would not hesitate to hire Kaitlin again and will give her the highest recommendation to family and friends.
A Pleasant Experience
Katlin made the will so easy to do and simple. She explained everything. It was a pleasant experience for us, thanks!
BARNEY AND GLENDA McCASLAND
Kaitlin Philley was wonderful to work with on creating a new will, living will, power of attorney and directive. She asked all the right questions and had the finished product to me in under four days because I was leaving the country for a while. Kaitlin was understanding of my personal situation, I have so many bumps in the road, because of my family and she advised accordingly. The only problem I had was, I felt it was a little costly for the documents but again, they were done fast and correctly, so it is worth the money for my peace of mind.
Intimidated to Empowered
Writing our will is something that my husband and I were not looking forward to. We felt overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of making a mistake or leaving something out that could negatively impact our children. I am so very thankful we found Kaitlin! She has been an incredible educational source through this process. With her expert guidance and the ability she has to turn legal jargon into layman’s terms, we now rest easier knowing our affairs are in order. Thank you, Kaitlin, for transforming this experience from intimidating to empowering!
Planning my estate
Kaitlin Philley prepared my will. I was very comfortable having her explain everything to me. If I had questions, even if it was the third time I asked, she patiently explained everything to me again. She is very knowledgeable and left no stone unturned. I am sure when the time comes, my children will find the process very simple because of the professional way in which Kaitlin has organized & worded everything in my will. I am very glad I found this practice & Kaitlin. Thank you for everything.
I highly recommend Kaitlin Philley and the Law Office of Debbie J Cunningham
Kaitlin Philley went above and beyond to help me through the process of creating my will and other documents necessary to get my estate in order. She is very patient and answered my questions so I understood what I was signing. She is organized and the signing day went very smoothly! I highly recommend Kaitlin Philley and the Law Office of Debbie J Cunningham for any of your Estate, Will and Probate matters!
LAURENCE T. ROGERS
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I recently had the pleasure to work with Kaitlin on estate planning and my wife’s estate. Kaitlin is awesome. She was so professional and knowledgeable in every area. She always answered my calls and e-mails very quickly. I would recommend her to anyone needing this type of service, in fact, I gave a friend her name and number recently. Your firm is very lucky to have Kaitlin, she’s the best.
The law services were professional, timely, and exactly what I needed. I would use this attorney again.
Very Timely and Professional
Our time spent with Kaitlin was done in a very timely and professional manner. My wife and I both felt like family and were very comfortable throughout the procedure. I would recommend coming to this firm to all my family and friends.