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Tammy L. Wincott

Tammy L. Wincott

Tammy Wincott, Probate Will & Estate Attorney, Wincott Law Firm San Antonio TX
  • Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law ...
  • Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Wilson Counties, Texas
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Biography

I'm originally from the Thousand Islands region of New York or very near the Canadian border for those not familiar with that area (nowhere near NY City). I joined the Air Force in 1988 and during my time in the service, I was relocated to Austin, Texas. After spending my first 15 years in Texas living in Austin, I moved to San Antonio in 2003 in order to attend St. Mary's law school; once licensed, I established my own firm in San Antonio and remain here today.

I am a Gulf War Veteran from the Persian Gulf War aka the 1st Gulf War. I was enlisted in the Air Force and worked as an Air Traffic Controller (the people in the tall control tower or the dark radar room, not with the flags on the runway - I say this because I get asked this a lot). I also served on the Honor Guard during my time in the service and was recognized with many awards including winning Airman of the Year for the entire Base, which brings us to the profile picture. The picture is not of me as a pilot; but, of me during my incentive ride in an RF-4 jet, which was part of my reward package.

I became a lawyer at 40; therefore, I had a myriad of other life experience beforehand, for example I worked in construction and owned a roofing company amongst other exciting jobs. I believe that starting my law career later in life has given me the ability to have greater empathy towards my clients as well as the ability to relate to people from all different parts of the world. I enjoy meeting new clients, helping them with their legal issues whether when probating a will after the death of a spouse or loved one, helping them transfer inherited property, or planning for their future in drafting wills, powers of attorney and other estate documents. I never have a client I do not learn something new from, which makes this more than just a job.

Practice Areas
Probate
Probate Administration
Estate Planning
Health Care Directives, Wills
Elder Law
Real Estate Law
Residential Real Estate
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free, 30 minute, consultations are offered in most situations; cases taking more than 30 minutes may be billed at the hourly rate. Your legal issue is important and you will always consult directly with the attorney; therefore, those who are not serious about hiring a lawyer and are only trying to get free advice as well as those looking for the cheapest price in town, should call a different law firm.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We have an easy payment system. You can securely pay online using your checking account, debit/credit card or by check/cash. It is okay for someone else to pay your legal fees.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees are only accepted in Personal Injury cases based on whether or not we recover anything for you. All other fees are expected to be paid at the time of service unless other arrangements are made. We do not accept pro bono cases as we already provide these services through other avenues.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    In some cases payments may be made in stages; when this applies depends on the facts and circumstances in your individual case. Flat Fee Basis - most of our cases are charged as a "Flat Fee": meaning we do not charge by the hour; but, charge you one flat fee to complete the work needed to resolve your legal issue. Not every case is the same, as one person's need for Letters Testamentary might be very easy to accomplish and another person's need for Letters of Administration and Heirship may take a lot more work; but, both of these cases seek to have someone appointed Executor or Administrator over an estate of about the same size. We do not charge fees based on how much an estate is worth; we charge based on the amount of time we expect it to take plus filing fees and other mandatory Court fees.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Wilson Counties
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Texas
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Bankruptcy Court Texas Western District
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Federal Circuit
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Texas Probate Courts
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner & Principal Attorney
Wincott Law Firm, P.C.
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I began practicing as an attorney in 2006 under Tammy L. Wincott, Attorney at Law and incorporated to Wincott Law Firm, P.C. in 2010; however, I am the only attorney at Wincott Law Firm, P.C. currently. Practice areas include probate of wills, letters testamentary, letters of administration, heirships, estate planning, inheritance assistance, Transfer of Deeds after inheritance or prior to death, Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds, Lady Bird Deeds, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Personal Injury cases (now more than ever it seems insurance companies are not wanting to pay accident victims), Chapter 7 bankruptcy and additional civil law. I no longer practice family law of any type (unless it involves deceased persons, see Probate of Wills) or immigration. I do not practice criminal law.
Solo Practitioner
Law Office of Tammy L. Wincott
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I began practicing law in bankruptcy and immigration and later added family and personal injury law. I have always worked as a solo attorney since achieving my license and in 2010, I incorporated to the Wincott Law Firm, P.C. as a veteran owned business; however, at this time it has only 1 full-time attorney. During these years through 2014, I obtained a State of Texas Racehorse Trainers license and trained racehorses, racing them in Texas and Louisiana.
Education
St. Mary's University
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
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Park University
B.S. (2002) | Business Management
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Awards
Resolution Honoring Tammy L. Wincott
State Bar of Texas
Received the top award from the State Bar of Texas - a resolution honoring attorney, Tammy L. Wincott for her community service and in particular her support of veterans. Honored as an inspiration to others.
Recognized as single attorney dedicated to the most cases associated with the program.
San Antonio Bar Association--Community Justice Program
Recognition for Summa Cum Laude Undergraduate Achievement
Park University
Professional Associations
Texas State Bar  # 24056545
Member
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member
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Activities: member in American Bar Association
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San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program
Member
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Activities: Volunteer Attorney providing pro bono services in an effort to allow all those deserving access to the legal justice system.
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Immigration: A Realistic Look
Elite Attorney SA
The More Things Change - The More They Stay the Same
Elite Attorney SA
Speaking Engagements
Panel Member: Family Law & Bankruptcy, Texas Bar Advanced Bankruptcy CLE, Houston, Texas
State Bar of Texas
Attorney Ad Litem Procedures, Delinquent Ad Valorem Taxes, Bexar County Courthouse, San Antonio, Texas
Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson LLP
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Website
Wincott Law Firm PC
Legal Answers
868 Questions Answered
Q. Can my deceased daughter's boyfriend keep her ashes and urn and refuse to give them to her father or myself??
A: I am sorry for the loss of your daughter. The answer depends on if she executed a disposition of remains document or any other transfer on death document related to her bank accounts and vehicle.

You don't mention the age of her other children and whether you have custody. Texas does allow for Grandparent access; however, you will have to file suit in family court to pursue it. In order to obtain the property that would belong to her heirs, the heirs need to file an application in the appropriate probate court or someone that represents their estate if they are minors.

I wish you and her children the best.
Q. I want to leave everything to my wife. But it is a large estate.....$30 million or so. Is it all tax free to her?
A: I suggest you sit with an estate planning attorney as you may want to consider setting up a trust as well as other options. Texas does not have an inheritance tax; however the IRS does and that's where it can become complicated very quickly. Whether you are speaking of a few hundred thousand dollars or millions of dollars, I suggest sitting one on one with an experienced attorney to help you accomplish your wishes; please do not rely on the internet for your estate plan.
Q. All of the heirs to my Father's estate are listed on the Will, but not as an executor, what does this mean?
A: There is only one executor or co-executors and the heirs listed are most likely beneficiaries under the will. You will need to look carefully to see what section they are listed under.
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Contact & Map
Attorney
900 NE Loop 410
Suite D-410
San Antonio, TX 78209
Telephone: (210) 474-6221