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Stop Procrastinating & Start Estate Planning: Tips to Get Started

Why Do We Procrastinate When it Comes to Estate Planning? What happens after you die isn’t the most comfortable topic to think about, which is why many people to procrastinate when it comes to estate...

Understanding Special Needs Trusts in Texas

If you have a close family member with special needs, you most likely never stop thinking about the future of your loved one. Parents with a special needs child want to ensure that even when...

Key Considerations When Choosing a Probate Lawyer

If you have been named executor of a loved one’s estate, it is natural that you might feel overwhelmed by the many tasks that lay ahead. After all, the executor’s role involves more than ensuring...

Protecting Your Assets from Long-Term Care Costs: Five Essential Steps

Aging is an expensive endeavor. While many financial burdens are relieved by reaping the benefits of your peak earning years and seeing children start their own adult lives, many more await just ahead in the...

Federal Estate Tax May Be Coming for You and Here’s What to Do

In December of 2017, then-President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which increased the federal estate tax (FET) exemption from $5.49 million to $11.18 million for an individual. In 2019 this number rose...

Asset Protection Is for Everyone, Not Just The Wealthy

Asset protection in the context of estate planning is often thought of as a process only for those that have a substantial estate to be protected from the government, creditors and/or predators.  However, you do...

The Truth About Probate: It’s Only as Bad as You Make It

Take a tour of what the internet has to say about probate and you’ll come away believing there is no worse place to end up. After all, bountiful articles warn about accumulating fees, administrative hassle,...

What is Estate Planning, Anyway? (And Why Is It So Important?)

In the simplest possible terms, estate planning is the process by which you ensure your assets and health are well-managed in the event of incapacitation or death. Everyone, regardless of age, condition, or wealth, needs...

The Pandemic Squeeze: How to Manage Being Both Parent and Caretaker in 2021

Young parents nation-wide are managing a heroic task. With children spending more time at home and aging parents requiring special care as the most vulnerable portion of the population, middle-aged adults with kids are under...

Estate Planning and Loss: What to do When a Loved One Dies

The grief of losing a loved one can be blinding and it is easy to forget that important estate planning decisions need to be made in such moments. Without swift action, costs can pile up...

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