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Welcome to the ibekwe law blog

Imagine you are on a road trip. You have been traveling for a very long time and are drained emotionally and physically. As you get the key to your hotel room, all you can think about is resting your head on the soft pillow and drifting off to sweet sleep. But as you open the […]

Getting Started

My Family Will Take Care of Everything When I Die

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!

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!

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

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