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What to Look for When Searching for an Estate Planning Lawyer

What to Look for When Searching for an Estate Planning Lawyer When you have numerous assets and multiple beneficiaries, contacting an estate planning lawyer is a necessity. After all, you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly as you outline them. But what exactly should you look for when searching for an estate planning lawyer? Here are some important things to consider: Look …

Top Five Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples

Top Five Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples Marriage makes life easier in many ways. If one partner in a marriage becomes incapacitated, then the other spouse can make important healthcare and financial decisions for that person. If one spouse passes away, then any community property passes to the remaining spouse. Unmarried couples often do not have many of these rights. As a result, …

Types of Probate Courts in Texas

Types of Probate Courts in Texas There are a variety of types of courts in Texas that have jurisdiction over different kinds of cases. In this article we will generally discuss the Texas court system and explain how probate courts fit within that structure. Austin probate lawyer Farren Sheehan is experienced in court settings and can assist with probate and other …

The Lessons Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes Teach Us

The Lessons Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes Teach Us Movie and comic book fans alike are grieving the passing of Marvel Comics former publisher and chairman, Stan Lee. The 95-year-old is known for co-creating superheroes like Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and Spider-Man. However, in his final years, Lee was plagued by financial issues that may put his estate in jeopardy. Here …

Should You Include Digital Assets in Your Estate Plan?

Should You Include Digital Assets in Your Estate Plan? On October 26, 2018, one bitcoin was worth $6,392.71. Back in 2013, that price was hovering between $50 and $300. If you got onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon early, then it’s very possible that you made a lot of money, and Bitcoin isn’t the only game in town. Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero and Dash are just a …

What Are My Responsibilities as an Executor of a Will?

What Are My Responsibilities as an Executor of a Will? When R&B legend Aretha Franklin died, her fans and music lovers around the world were wondering why her funeral was delayed for weeks. Unfortunately, Franklin did not leave a will, and her four sons were left to determine how her assets and property would be allocated. An important component of a will is to have …

How Can I Integrate My Digital Legacy into My Estate Plan?

How Can I Integrate My Digital Legacy into My Estate Plan? While you are creating your estate plan, you might be wondering what will happen to your digital legacy once you pass away. Your digital legacy includes all information related to your online accounts, blogs, social networking identities and digital files that will still be left on the web once you pass away. Many of these …

What Is the Process of an Informal Probate?

What Is the Process of an Informal Probate? The process of probate involves the compensation of any final expenses and the transferring of property and estate assets to beneficiaries after a person dies. Probate is a legal process, but it doesn’t mean that a probate judge has to be there along every step of the probate process, nor does it mean that you …

Why Is a Will Important for the Future of Your Estate?

Why Is a Will Important for the Future of Your Estate? Have you prepared a living trust or a will? If not, then you are not alone. A Caring.com survey estimates that only 42 percent of American adults have put together their estate planning documents. This is pretty startling considering what can happen if your estate falls into probate. Take the case of famous Texas real …

How Do I Know If I Should Contest a Will?

How Do I Know If I Should Contest a Will? Contesting a will can be a very difficult procedure that presents some unique challenges in court. Most wills go through probate without any problems. However, every once and a while, something will halt the proceedings. If a will fails to meet certain requirements, or the will maker was not legally of age or sound mind, …