Family Conversations About Your Estate Plan

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With holidays upon us, you’ve got a lot on your mind, right? Turkeys and ham don’t make themselves, and the longer you put off gift shopping, the more stressful that affair becomes. And then, of course, the house needs to be cleaned, family visits need to be scheduled, Christmas lights need to go up, and…

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Tough Conversations About Estate Planning Around the Holidays

In a world driven by social media, it’s easy to feel as if, despite all the insight we have into each other’s lives, our loved ones are further away than ever. And indeed, the data bears this out. A recent study shows the average modern family is spread 2,077 miles across the world and most adults have…

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If Only Anne Heche Had Drafted an Estate Plan…

Anne Heche was an Emmy award-winning actress, well-known for her roles in such blockbuster hits as Donnie Brasco and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Well, we know what Heche didn’t do last summer: draft an estate plan. The actress lost her life in a car crash in August, 2022…leaving behind two sons, a…

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Don’t DIY It: Why Online Wills and Trusts Might Not Hold Up

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In recent years, it seems like DIY estate planning services are popping up everywhere. These providers allow you to prepare your Wills and Trusts online at a considerably lower cost than it would take to hire an estate planning attorney. Sounds great, right? Then, let’s consider the old adage “you get what you pay for”.…

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This is So Unfair: Let’s Talk About Unequal Inheritance

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Fair doesn’t always mean equal. If you’re out for dinner with your kids aged two and ten, you’re not going to order them the same meal. Likewise, if you’re at a CrossFit class with a friend who’s never lifted more than your spirit, you’re not going to squat the same weight. Fairness means treating people…

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Four Simple Steps to Take the Pain out of Probate Court

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If there is not a good reason to probate an Estate (and, sometimes, there is) probate court is one of those places you don’t want to visit.  Surprisingly, compared to other states, the probate process in Texas is not overly complicated…however, this does NOT mean that your estate administration efforts will be painless. For most…

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3 Easy-to-Overlook Estate Planning Considerations

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People avoid Estate Planning, either because they never outgrew that teenage feeling of invincibility, or because they overestimate the complexity of the task. Yes, drafting your Estate Plan is one of the most important things you will ever do…but that doesn’t mean it’s hard. A good estate planning attorney will walk you step-by-step through the…

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