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I want to be known as someone who is responsible, bold, and intentional. ⁣I recently came back from a trip to Turkey and Nigeria, where I was born. I received comments from friends that ranged from excitement to fear—because they’d NEVER travel to such places and definitely not by themselves. While I was away on […]

Estate Planning

Oh, the Places You Will Go!

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

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

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

Congratulations! You are committed to doing this “estate planning thing” that you’ve been putting off forever. Not sure where to start? Not sure what documents you need? No problem! Regardless of your status (single, widowed, married, divorced, remarried, 18-year-old) these are the five documents you definitely need to start an estate plan: 1. Last Will […]

Estate Planning

5 Must-Have Documents Every Adult Needs to Start an Estate Plan

When someone you love passes, you experience many different types of emotions, including sadness, fear, anger and guilt. These feelings can be overwhelming and devastating, and the last thing you want to think about are the legalities that follow. However, there are certain things that you must take care of while dealing with death. 1. […]

Estate Planning

3 Things to Do When Your Loved One Dies

Many people mistakenly think that they can write their own wills with a do-it-yourself kit or just type their wishes on a piece of paper and it will hold up in probate court. Although some people can write a perfectly valid will that adequately lists their assets and cleverly explains whom they’d like their property […]

Estate Planning

Yes, Hiring an Attorney Is Better than Using a Do-It-Yourself Will Kit