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If you find yourself wondering –what is estate planning –rest assured, you are not alone. Estate planning is actually a broad area of the law that very generally addresses how your assets –or estate –will flow to your family and loved ones when the time comes. Because estate planning is a legal endeavor –and because […]

Estate Planning, Getting Started

What Is Estate Planning?

According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau, addressing guardianship for your child is challenging. After all, it is one of life’s least pleasant topics. However, it is essential to point out that it is doubtful your child will be left with neither parent in their life. Nevertheless, the idea […]

Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

How to Ask Someone to Be the Guardian of Your Child

If you have a family –whether yours is a family of two or many –creating a Last Will and Testament (will) is one of the most caring things you can do for them. With your will, you can help protect your loved ones financially, mitigate the Internal Revenue Service tax implications of your estate (or […]

Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

How Much Does A Will Cost?

Your estate plan is an important component of your life planning journey, and if you have taken the time and put in the effort to accomplish this critical task, you should be commended on a significant accomplishment. Now that you have come this far, there are some important next steps that you can take to […]

Estate Planning, Family

Next Steps after You Execute Your Estate Plan

A financial power of attorney is a legal document that allows you (the principal) to assign specific financially based decision-making power to someone else (the agent or attorney in fact). This agent need not be an attorney, however. A financial power of attorney is a legal mechanism that provides you with the peace of mind […]

Estate Planning, Power of Attorney

When to Seek A Financial Power of Attorney in Texas

Unfortunately, there are instances where accidents or injuries occur, and a person cannot make medical decisions on their own behalf. An attorney-in-fact for a medical power of attorney will make important healthcare decisions on your behalf if you cannot do so. The skilled Texas estate planning attorneys at Ibekwe Law, PLLC can help you take […]

Estate Planning, Power of Attorney

Selecting the Right Attorney-in-Fact for Your Medical Power of Attorney

There are four types of advance directives that deal with important healthcare concerns, and the experienced Texas estate planning attorneys at Ibekwe Law, PLLC can help you proactively address this important matter. Advance directives refer to legal documents that address your healthcare and how it will proceed in the event that you are not physically […]

Estate Planning, Living Will

4 Things An Advance Directive Should Address

You already know, all-too-well, the havoc that divorce can cause in your life. Beyond the emotional turmoil, you may spend months splitting up assets, negotiating support, and much more. Who wants to hear that they need to schedule another meeting with an attorney to address your estate plan?! But here are some reasons why this […]

Nomination of Guardian for Minor

Estate Planning After Divorce

If you are designated as the executor or administrator of someone’s estate, the deceased person trusts you with the responsibility to execute their final wishes related to their estate. Suppose this is your first experience serving as an estate executor or administrator. In that case, there can be a reasonably steep learning curve that includes […]

Contracts, Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

How to Obtain Letters Testamentary

Estate planning is complicated, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws are challenging, which makes the combination of HIPAA and estate planning as complicated as it is important. Your estate plan is not complete if it does not address an incapacity plan via a trust agreement (or another means), which has HIPAA implications. […]

Estate Planning, HIPAA Waiver

Do Trust Agreements Need HIPAA Authorization?