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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?

Whenever someone dies and leaves property to their loved ones, the court starts legal proceedings and supervises the payment to the heirs and payment of debts once the decedent (deceased person) dies. This is called probate.When people die with a valid will, their property will usually be distributed (according to their wishes in the will) […]

Probate

Understanding the Texas Probate Process

Do you have assets or property that you want to leave to family members or friends when you die? Does someone want to leave property to you when they die? Yippee!! If you answered “yes” to either question, you should know a bit about inheritance and estate taxes–so you or your beneficiaries don’t have a […]

Wills & Trusts

Texas Estate Taxes and Inheritance Laws

How many times have you watched a movie where someone left all of their hard-earned property to their intended beneficiaries (like their known kids) and then, out of the blue, an outside child (whom they didn’t even know existed) contests the validity of the will? Unfortunately, these types of shenanigans occur every single day. If […]

Estate Planning

3 Strategies to Avoid a Will Contest by Disgruntled Family Members

As a parent, our goal is not only to love our child unconditionally but to provide for him or her and make sure that they have everything they need to live a happy, healthy and productive life. One of the best ways to provide for your child is to ensure that he or she is […]

Kids

How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child

Some people love Facebook and can’t get enough of it, whereas others can’t stand the social media platform. Whether you’re someone who loves Facebook to keep family and friends informed or just uses it to connect business associates, you may not have given much thought to what happens to your Facebook account when you die. […]

Estate Planning

What Happens to My Facebook Account When I Die?

Estate planning is something that most people avoid at all costs. In the back of our minds, we know that we’ll perish one day, but no one wants to talk about that day or plan for it. We especially don’t like to think what will happen if we get incapacitated! However, if you have beloved […]

Estate Planning

What’s the Difference between a Will and a Trust?

If you’ve been on the fence as to whether you need to hire an experienced estate attorney, consider this – estate planning is a serious matter, one that positively or negatively affects the lives of those you love. Imagine this: you’re a single mom who works hard day in and day out to provide an […]

Estate Planning

Three Tips for Choosing an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney