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Friday, August 11, 2017

Tortious Interference with Inheritance Rights Under Texas Law


Can I file a claim for tortious interference with inheritance rights if someone has reduced or eliminated my inheritance?

Inheritances can be wrought with controversy.  Disputed wills, trusts, or other estate plans may lead to family members losing part or all of their inheritance.  When a person believes that a family member or some other third party has wrongfully caused their inheritance to be reduced or eliminated, he or she may consider filing a claim for tortious interference with inheritance rights.
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Do You Have Any Idea How Much Digital Exhaust You Are Emitting?


Do you have any idea how much “digital exhaust” you are emitting? If you have no idea because you have never heard of the like, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Digital exhaust is a new term tech companies have come up with to describe the digital assets and output of the average person.


So much of our lives are connected to the digital world that we leave a trail of accounts and data in our wake.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Tips for Trustees


Trusts are at the heart of nearly every modern estate plan because they can help their creator avoid probate, preserve wealth, and have a bit more control over what happens to an estate after death. The most challenging aspect of estate planning using trusts is finding a trustee that can manage the workload required to make a trust work well.

Being a trustee is not an easy job, but it is something a lot of people are willing to take on because they want to do whatever the person asking them to do wants.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Debt Can Haunt Loved Ones From Beyond the Grave


A lot of estate planning advice focuses on how to pass on wealth to the next generation. This is important information, but ignores the fact that assets aren’t the only thing that are passed on after a death. Debts are often passed on as well.

A recent article in Time highlighted a new study that found “…73% of American consumers die in debt.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Must-Do Estate Planning for New Parents


Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and most terrifying moments of one's life. All at once a little human is depending on you, and you know you would move heaven and earth for them.

In the rush to assemble cribs, baby proof cabinets, and stock up on diapers, many parents forget or push off another important task that all new parents should undertake: estate planning.

Death is not a fun topic to think about at any time, but it is especially disheartening to think about when one is on the verge of becoming a parent, or has just brought a bundle of joy home from the hospital. But a little bit of soul-searching, and a small mountain of paperwork is the least you can do for your child.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beyond Wills and Trusts: Creative Estate Planning Tools


Besides wills and trusts, what other estate planning tools could benefit my family?

When most of us hear the term estate planning, we think of wills.  Wills are perhaps the most common estate planning tool, and for a good reason.  With a will, you can dictate who will receive what assets, allowing you control over your legacy.  In addition to having a will, many people utilize trusts as a part of their estate plan.  Trusts allow you to bypass the probate process, saving time and money.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Don’t Store Your Will In Your Safe Deposit Box


Where do you store all of your important documents? If you are like most people, the answer is probably in a locked, fireproof box or safe, or at the bank in a lockbox. These are good places to store important documents because your documents will be protected from fires and other disasters, and they are safe from burglars, but when it comes to your estate planning documents, you may want to rethink your safe storage solution. Unless several family members have access to your safe or lockbox, some of your final wishes might get ignored.
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Helping Loved Ones Who Can No Longer Manage Their Own Finances


There comes a time in many people’s lives when they can no longer handle their day-to-day affairs, including the financial aspects of their life. Financial demands are difficult to deal with even for healthy adults, so older Americans sometimes struggle due to changes in life circumstances or health issues.

How Can I Tell if There is a Problem?

Several things may signify that your loved one is having trouble keeping up with daily financial demands.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Three Pending Bills Could Impact Estate Planning in Texas


What changes to estate planning laws could come this year in Texas?

In this 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers are weighing a wide variety of proposed law changes.  Three pending bills could impact estate planning and elder law in Texas.  Anyone who has been putting off creating an estate plan or may soon be named as an agent in an elderly loved one’s estate plan should carefully review these proposed laws and amendments to existing laws as they may directly affect you or your loved ones.  Round Rock, Texas residents are encouraged to consult with an Read more . . .


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Long-Range Planning Is Critical In Museum Building And Estate Planning


Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that Round Rock is getting a new museum. The Williamson Museum is opening a living history branch in a couple of historic buildings at 8 Chisholm Trail Road near Brushy Creek sometime in the next couple months. The museum will feature volunteers dressed in costume, portraying life as it was in Round Rock back in the 1870s. This museum will be a wonderful addition to our community because it will help us pass down an appreciation for history, and knowledge about the roots of our community, to the next generation.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

When Should A Special Needs Trust Be Established?


Special Needs Trusts are fantastic tools that allow the lives of special people to be enriched without putting their government benefits at risk. If you have a loved one that will likely rely on Supplementary Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid to meet his or her basic needs for the rest of his or her life, setting up a Special Needs Trust to benefit them is a good idea.

What Is A Special Needs Trust?

Special Needs Trusts are like a lock box that nobody but the person it was built to benefit can access.
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