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September 28, 2018

How Can I Ensure My Loved Ones Won’t Fight Over My Estate?

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When the world lost Aretha Franklin on August 16, one of the more-surprising stories to make headlines was the fact that she did not have an estate plan. While many of the details of the administration of Franklin’s estate are likely to remain private, with an estimated net worth of $80 million, it is fair to say that her surviving family members will likely face some struggles along the way.

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Categories: Probate and Estate/Trust Administration

September 14, 2018

Getting Divorced in Texas: When Negotiations Break Down

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For many married couples, getting divorced is an amicable process that involves working together to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution. While the spouses may have their differences, they share the same ultimate goal of ending their marriage as quickly and inexpensively as possible, and this goal can be a powerful motivator when it comes to negotiating in good faith and with an eye toward the future.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

August 31, 2018

7 Mistakes to Avoid During the Estate Planning Process

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Preparing an estate plan is important regardless of your age, wealth and medical condition. While becoming incapacitated due to an illness or injury or dying without an estate plan will leave your loved ones mired in uncertainty, putting a plan in place will minimize the burden on your family while ensuring that your final wishes are carried through.

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Categories: Estate Planning

August 17, 2018

5 Tax Considerations for Your Texas Divorce

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When going through a divorce, acknowledging and addressing the various tax implications involved in the process can result in significant savings for both spouses while also opening up more opportunities for compromise during settlement negotiations. Although often overlooked, there are numerous ways in which a divorce can trigger tax liability or tax-savings opportunities, and understanding all of the various tax implications of your divorce is critical to avoiding unnecessary tax liability.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

July 27, 2018

Should You Include a Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) in Your Estate Plan?

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The generation-skipping transfer (GST) is among the least-understood and most underutilized tools available for estate planning. When used properly, a GST not only provides a safe way to bequeath assets to future generations, but can also provide tax benefits that can save substantial sums – particularly for large estates.

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Categories: Estate Planning

July 20, 2018

Special Considerations for Getting Divorced as a Senior Citizen in Texas

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If you are over the age of 65 and you have decided to bring your marriage to an end, it will be important to carefully assess the unique factors involved in getting divorced as a senior citizen. While many aspects of the divorce process are the same regardless of your age, wealth and retirement status, there are some unique considerations involved in getting a divorce in your later years.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

July 13, 2018

10 Key Considerations When Filing for Divorce in 2018

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If you have decided to for divorce in 2018, there is a lot you need to know. Here are 10 key considerations to help you begin your preparations.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

June 29, 2018

What Do Millennials Need to Know About Estate Planning?

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According to data CNBC published last year, the average millennial between the ages of 25 and 34 has less than $1,000 in savings. Just 20 percent of these “older millennials” have saved $10,000 or more. But, whether you are just starting to save or you have already purchased a home and have a healthy sum in your retirement account, it is important to protect what you have earned in case something goes wrong.

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Categories: Estate Planning

June 22, 2018

What are My Rights as a Father in a Texas Divorce?

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As a parent, ensuring that you will be able to spend time with your children is one of the most important aspects of the divorce process. But, as a father, it can seem like the odds are stacked against you. Custody laws have traditionally favored granting primary custody to a child’s mother; and, from child support to spousal maintenance, you may be wondering how you will be able to afford to make lasting memories during the little visitation time you have.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

June 15, 2018

Will I Be Able to Maintain My Lifestyle After My Divorce?

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Even at the earliest stages of preparing for a divorce, it is important to think about what the future has in store. Once you have decided to end your marriage, getting divorced is simply a means to an end, and you need to approach your divorce as your one chance to preserve your current lifestyle to the greatest extent possible.

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce


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