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Welcome to the ibekwe law blog

There’s no doubt about it – you’re a hardworking and dedicated professional who has put immense time and effort into honing your craft. Whether you’re a physician, engineer, entrepreneur or other high-earning professional, you had to work hard to get where you are. And, with each passing year, you become more and more financially secure. […]

Business

Estate Planning Tips for High Wage Earners

I recently had the opportunity to visit Istanbul, Turkey and it was magnificent! Travel has always been a passion of mine. My parents planned for and took us to many countries. This travel bug is a running theme among my siblings and me today. You’ll often find one of us somewhere cool doing something. Mostly […]

Family, Uncategorized

Istanbul Stole My Heart!

Yesterday was quite the day. My team executed several wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other legal documents to help clients prepare for death and unexpected emergencies. ⁣ ⁣⁣ My husband and I updated our will and trust as well. (We are pointing at the super cute box where we stored our shiny new docs.) […]

Getting Started

Attorneys Need Estate Plans Too

Millennial women are powerful. I can say that because I too am a millennial woman. We are highly educated (sometimes from the school of hard knocks), talented, committed, innovative and ready to take on any challenge head-on. Watch out now! The world is changing for women and millennials are leading the way for future generations: […]

Getting Started

Hey, Millennial Women: Estate Planning is for You Too!

We’ve all heard horror stories about kids drowning because they don’t know how to swim. This is an unimaginable nightmare for any parent. Hard Stats [i] Approximately one out of five people who die from drowning in the United State are children aged 14 years or younger. For every child who dies from drowning, five […]

Kids

Just Keep Swimming.

Let’s face it – our pets are amazing! It doesn’t matter whether they’re furred, feathered or scaled – you consider them part of the family. Not only do they love us unconditionally, but they have a natural ability to comfort us when we’re feeling down and can help us get out of a bad mood […]

Pets

How Does a Pet Trust Work?

Divorce is rarely easy. In fact, separating from someone you once loved (and often still care about) can be one of the hardest and most devastating events that you can experience in life. While you may need to grieve and to heal from the trauma, you also need to protect yourself and your assets. This […]

Estate Planning

Do I Need a Will After My Divorce?

Estate planning can be confusing, especially when it involves tax law. The good news is that Texas is tax-friendly and does not require an estate or death tax; however, it does require an inheritance tax. A federal estate tax is a tax paid based on the net value of the property of the deceased person. […]

Estate Planning

A Brief(ish) Introduction to Texas Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Imagine: You’re a single mom who works hard day in and day out to provide an incredible life for yourself and your children. But, one day you are involved in a horrible car crash and die instantly. Although you had a list of people who would care for your kids (in your mind), you never […]

Kids

Single Moms Need an Estate Plan

Congrats! You are a new executor of someone’s will. You may be wondering what an executor is exactly, and what you need to do when a person dies. First of all, if you were chosen as an executor, the person who drafted the will has much respect for you. They consider you a very reliable […]

Wills & Trusts

What Does an Executor Do?