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Saturday, October 13, 2018

5 Probate Mistakes That Can Cost You Dearly

When it comes to estate-planning, it’s usually a good idea to create documents that allow you to avoid probate. There are a number of really good reasons to avoid probate, from tax savings, time savings, and of course, privacy. However, there are times when probate is unavoidable, and when that happens, whomever is left to administer the estate needs to know how to proceed, so that critical mistakes aren’t made. For most people, using the services of an experienced probate lawyer saves them time, money and heartache.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Seven Estate Planning Tips for Business Owners

Planning for your death or incapacitation may not be the most appealing task on your to-do list; however, it is very important to make time to work with a Texas estate planning lawyer, especially if you own a business. Failing to develop an estate plan can create serious problems for your family and your business. Your business is probably one of the biggest assets you own.


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Friday, September 7, 2018

How Do You Fund a Special Needs Trust?

A Special Needs Trust refers to an estate-planning tool that allows you to provide for a loved one who has special needs. With a Special Needs Trust, you can protect assets so that the person can qualify for important government benefits, such as SSI and Medicaid. However, a Special Needs Trust should be carefully structured with the assistance of a Texas special needs trusts lawyer.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How Does Divorce Affect Your Estate Plan?

When you go through a divorce, it affects virtually every aspect of your life—from your daily life to your long-term plans for the future. It also changes your legal obligations when it comes to your estate plan as well. In fact, you need to take steps to revise your estate plan, so it actually reflects your changed living situation.


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Six Things You Should Know About Charitable Giving and Estate Planning

For many people, supporting charities is an important part of their life. They prioritize donations to charities as part of their monthly and annual budgets. However, some people forget to plan for charitable giving as part of their estate plan. Because charities cannot be heirs of an estate unless they are named in a will or named as a beneficiary in a trust agreement, it is very important to discuss your charitable giving goals with your...


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Do You Need an Attorney to Help With Your Social Security Disability Claim?

As a Texas SSDI lawyer, frequently I am asked if someone needs to hire an attorney to file a disability claim. The truth is that you are not required by law to hire an attorney to file for your disability claim. However, as with many other situations in life, simply because you are not required to do so does not mean you should not. In addition, the question above asks if you need a...


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ten Things You Should Know About Guardianships in Texas

Sadly, some individuals will become incapacitated because of an accident or illness. When a person is unable to provide personal care, make sound decisions, or manage finances, the court may need to intervene by appointing a guardian. Texas has specific laws that govern guardianships. A Texas Guardianship lawyer can help you file the necessary documents with the court to seek guardianship. If you are serving as a guardian, you may want to consult with a


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Friday, June 22, 2018

What you Need to Know About a Power of Attorney

Estate planning is important for everyone, regardless of your financial situation, family status, or any other issue. Exerting control of how your final affairs will be handled is a benefit of estate planning. However, the goal of estate planning is to protect yourself, your property, and your heirs by utilizing estate documents and tools. One of the tools that our


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Do I Qualify for SSDI/SSI Benefits?

When you are unable to work because of an injury or illness, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, navigating the disability claims process with SSA can be overwhelming and complicated.  Many of the applications for SSDI and SSI benefits are denied at the initial application phase. Hiring an experienced


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Friday, May 25, 2018

What is the Best Way to Appeal A Disability Benefits Rejection?

Social Security Disability Insurance provides financial benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a disability or impairment. If a person suffers a debilitating injury or illness, the person should be able to rely on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to adhere to the laws governing disability benefits.  The process should not be overly difficult for someone who is already fighting to take care of themselves after a terrible accident or illness. Unfortunately, our


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Can I Really Avoid Probate?

In Texas, the typical way to transfer assets to heirs after a person dies is through a probate court proceeding. If the deceased person has a will when he or she dies, his or her property should be distributed according to the terms of the will. However, when a person dies without a will, the probate court will oversee the distribution of assets according to the intestate laws in Texas. In either case, a Texas probate lawyer can assist heirs in probating the estate.

However, many people want to try to avoid probate because of the time and cost involved in probating an estate.


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