Lauren D. Serrano
Associate Attorney

Lauren D. Serrano

Associate Attorney

Contact Info

   915.546.8227
  915.546.8333
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Areas of Concentration

Estate Planning, Probate & Asset Protection

- Probate & Heirship Proceedings
- Guardianship
- Trust Administration

Corporate & Securities – Small Business

Education

Texas Tech University
Juris Doctor
summa cum laude

University of Texas at El Paso
Business Administration
Management
magna cum laude

Admissions & Qualifications

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of New Mexico

Languages

– English
– Spanish



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Ms. Serrano is an estate planning, probate, and guardianship attorney who practices both in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her practice encompasses estate planning, estate and trust administration, heirship proceedings, guardianship law and asset protection.

Ms. Serrano assists clients in creating an estate plan that is tailored to each individual’s unique needs and familial situations, whether the planning is for large estates or modest estates. Ms. Serrano’s estate planning practice includes the preparation of Wills, Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and incapacity planning documents such as Durable and Medical Powers of Attorney, Directives to Physicians and Family or Surrogates (“Living Will”), and Declarations of Guardian. She also prepares Marital Agreements as part of her estate planning and asset protection practice, which help married couples more easily manage and plan for separate assets. Ms. Serrano has successfully helped clients avoid the probate process through creative plans and the creation and funding of Living Trusts. Through careful planning, Ms. Serrano also helps clients and their estates avoid or minimize the payment of estate taxes, thereby preserving the ultimate inheritance that will be received by estate beneficiaries.

Ms. Serrano helps clients navigate through the probate and estate administration process following the death of a loved one. Her practice also includes advising creditors in estate proceedings,representing beneficiaries and heirs with respect to their rights in the administration process, and advising executors and trustees regarding their legal obligations in accordance with the law.

She also advises clients who are dealing with the incapacity of a loved one, and guides them through the guardianship process for incapacitated individuals.

Ms. Serrano has participated in a number of professional events as a speaker, including events with the El Paso Bar Association, El Paso Estate Planning Council, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, UTEP, NMSU, and Region 19. Ms. Serrano has also authored articles on topics such as the probate process and ethical considerations in estate planning. She is currently serving as the President of the Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council, Director of the UTEP Women’s Estate Planning Conference, and a board member of the El Paso Estate Planning Council.

An El Paso native, Ms. Serrano attended high school at Jesus Chapel School and received her Bachelor of Business Administration from UTEP, graduating magna cum laude. She went on to earn her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Texas Tech University School of Law, where she graduated third in her class and received a number of honors, including being inducted into the Order of the Coif and being named in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

During law school, Ms. Serrano participated in the Civil Practice Clinic, where she represented and advised clients on a number of issues, including family law and estate planning. She served as a Property Law Tutor for a well-known estate planning and property expert, Professor Gerry Beyer. Also during law school, Ms. Serrano clerked for the Honorable William Sowder of the 99th District Court in Lubbock, Texas, where she briefed the court on various cases, including family law, property, and foreclosure disputes.


Presentations

2017, October 5. Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals: Closing the Estate. Presenter and Author, hosted by the Institute for Paralegal Education and National Business Institute. (Upcoming).

2017, April 28. Estate Planning for Special Needs Individuals. Presenter at the Education Service Center—Region 19.

2017, April 24. Professional panelist at the Planned Giving Seminar, Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso.

2017, April 19. Heirships: No Will? Now What? Presenter at the El Paso Estate Planning Council.

2017, February 1. Basic Estate Planning. Presenter at the NMSU Estate Planning Conference for Women.

2017, January 19. Legal and Practical Aspects of Estate Planning. Presenter at the UTEP Estate Planning Conference for Women.

2016, November 10. Estate Planning Amidst Uncertainty. Presenter at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers.

2016, February 12. Probate Law: Estate Administration. Author & presenter at the 20th Annual Civil Trial Practice Seminar, El Paso Bar Association.

2016, January 21. Legal and Practical Aspects of Estate Planning. Presenter at the UTEP Estate Planning Conference for Women.

2014, October 16-17. WHAT—I HAVE A CONFLICT? Author and presenter at the 22nd Annual Estate Planning Institute, Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.

Organizations

El Paso Bar Association, Member

El Paso Estate Planning Council, Board Member

El Paso Probate Association, Member

Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council, President

State Bar of New Mexico, Member

State Bar of Texas, Member

UTEP Estate Planning Conference for Women, Director