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Estate Planning
11Will vs. Estate Planning
Many people think that creating a last will and testament is all that is needed to protect their assets and ensure that their loved ones are taken care of after they pass away. However, a will is only a part of a comprehensive estate plan that can provide greater protection, minimize taxes, and avoid family...
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11probate court change of will
Having a will helps a testator to distribute an estate as they see fit, and can make taking care of family after death much easier. Where intestate succession administers an estate in accordance to Texas intestate succession laws, Whether drafting a new will or updating an existing one, there are certain things to know and...
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11bequests in wills in texas
A last will and testament allows you to specify how your property will be distributed after your death. Within the will, there may be bequests regarding certain assets in the estate. However, what are they used for? The Matter of Estate of Brown, 922 S.W.2d 605 (Tex. App. – Texarkana, 1996) case helps answer this....
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11guardianship-contract-sign-legal
Overall, naming your attorney as a beneficiary of your will in Texas is possible, but there are some significant limitations that you should be aware of before you do so. What is a valid will? In Texas, a will is a legal document that outlines an individual’s wishes for how their property and belongings should...
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Have you ever wondered if someone can inherit from an estate if they kill their spouse? This is what is commonly called the “Slayer Rule”. In this blog post, we will explore the realities of the law in Texas. What is a will? In Texas, a will is a legal document that outlines how you...
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Introduction A living trust is a legal arrangement in which you, the grantor, transfer property to a trustee. The trustee then manages the property for the benefit of a named beneficiary or beneficiaries. Living trusts are created during the grantor’s lifetime and can be revocable or irrevocable. Texas has specific laws governing living trusts, so...
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Introduction Proving the adopted status of a family member in Texas can be difficult if you don’t have the right documentation. Learn what you need to know in this blog post. The Importance of Proving Adopted Status When an individual in Texas wants to adopt a family member, they must first prove their status as...
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Introduction In Texas, a will must be in writing and signed by the testator (the person making the will) in the presence of two witnesses. But what happens if the testator only has a written name? Is that considered a valid signature on a Texas will? In this blog post, we will explore the answer...
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11what to do when beneficiaries disagree
Introduction When you’re making your will, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is who will serve as your personal representative. Your personal representative is the person who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes after you die, so it’s important to choose someone you trust implicitly. There are a few things to...
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11Inheritance with No Will in Texas
When a family member passes away, it can be difficult to know what type of records they had in their possession. You usually need this information before you start planning a probate administration. If you don’t know where to begin, take a look at the list below for some guidance on what you should look...
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