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Collin County’s Preferred Estate Law Firm for Estate Planning & Probate Legal Services

Cost Effective

We offer affordable, flat-fee package options for our estate planning clients.


Experience matters, and McKinney estate attorney, April Nordhaus, has over 15 years of experience in estate planning, probate, and guardianship throughout McKinney and Collin County.


We are a trusted firm that receives many referrals from local attorneys, past clients and professionals of all types such as, CPAs, financial planners, and real estate attorneys.

Client-Focused Representation

Life is constantly evolving, and we help our clients prepare for whatever comes their way by providing comprehensive, client-focused, and cost-effective estate planning and probate services.

It is common to avoid planning your estate because it requires you to consider difficult end-of-life decisions. However, if you have a family or other loved ones, you should consider engaging an estate planning attorney to ensure they are taken care of when you are gone. No matter the size of your estate, it is wise to consult an estate planning attorney to assist you in developing a strategy.

We have a proven track record, evidenced by our extensive network of satisfied clients. In addition, we are the firm that other law firms refer their clients to when they need assistance with estate planning and probate matters. Your McKinney estate lawyer will know the law, but you know your loved ones. Together, we can develop a plan to protect your family’s future.

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Recognized Nationally


April Nordhaus has an understanding of and deep care for the community and its residents.


April Nordhaus is recognized in the region for her compassion while providing expert counsel in estate and probate cases. As one of the premier McKinney estate planning lawyers in the area, she also handles probate and guardianships in Collin County and surrounding areas.

— Superlawyers

Our will was terribly out of date and no longer provided the legal and financial protection we wanted for ourselves and our children. April spent a significant amount of time discussing our intentions and made numerous recommendations. Under her professional guidance we crafted a complete set of extremely specialized trusts. We recommend her services without reservation.

— Laura D.

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Estate Planning FAQs

Why do I need an estate plan?

Estate planning lets those closest to you know that you love them and want them to be cared for after you are gone. In addition to providing financially for your beneficiaries, an effective estate plan provides much-needed protections for your young children or adult children with special needs. It also has the ability to stop family squabbles before they start. With an estate plan in place, your loved ones will know what you want and there will be no room for disagreement, as everything has already been settled.

What is the difference between a will and a trust?

A Will is a legal document you execute while you are living. It states who will inherit what from you when you pass away. It can also be used to make clear who you wish to have custody of your children in case of your untimely death.

A trust is a legal vehicle wherein a person (trustor) gives another person (trustee) control over their assets. The trustee is responsible for holding and managing the assets for the benefit of the beneficiaries.

What is the average cost of a probate lawyer in Texas?

Like most things, the cost of a probate lawyer in Texas varies according to what exactly they will be handling on your behalf. For a complex estate, the fee will be higher than one that is more simplified. To find out how much it will cost to help with your particular situation, it is best to reach out to our firm.

Why do I need a lawyer for my estate plan?

Estate planning is a niche area of the law, and to make certain that an estate plan is effective and compliant with governing laws, it is best to meet with and retain an estate attorney experienced in this area. That way, you can rest assured that the plan you craft together will be valid and operate as intended.