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What Makes a Will Valid in Texas?

What Makes a Will Valid in Texas? Drafting a last will and testament is one of the most important things you can do in the probate process. Without one, Texas intestacy laws will govern the management and distribution of your estate. This could delay and reduce the inheritance your family receives once you have passed. It could also lead to in-fighting over …

How Do the Steps to Probating a Will in Texas Work?

How Do the Steps to Probating a Will in Texas Work? Last month, we discussed the different ways Texas probates estates. We outlined the four methods our state uses to distribute assets to the beneficiaries of an estate. This month, we are examining the details of how to probate a will in Texas. There are 8 steps in the process of distributing estate assets to the …

What Are the Processes of Probating a Will in Texas?

What Are the Processes of Probating a Will in Texas? There are many ways to distribute your assets after you pass. Some people use a trust, others use joint ownership or rely on direct payments from insurance or retirement policies. However, the most commonly used method of passing on property to beneficiaries is drafting a will. But before your beneficiaries can receive their inheritance, your …

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 Are the Dos and Don’ts of Estate Planning During the Pandemic?

What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Estate Planning During the Pandemic? Since coronavirus entered the U.S., our entire nation has been on lockdown. In this climate, the potential threats that COVID-19 poses have weighed on the minds of Americans. It has prompted many to think about mortality and what their families would do without them. This concern has led many to start preparing their estate. But …

How Do I Remove a Family Member From My Will?

How Do I Remove a Family Member From My Will? Making the decision to remove a family member from your will is tough. Yet, life is messy, and this sort of thing happens. If you feel the need to disinherit a family member, then the chances are that your reasons for doing so are warranted. However, making changes to an estate planning document, such as …

Top 3 Ways to Leave Your House to Your Child in Your Estate Plan

Top 3 Ways to Leave Your House to Your Child in Your Estate Plan If you own your home, then you may be curious about your estate planning options. Choosing to leave your house to your child after you pass can offer him or her security and financial stability. In Texas, you can do this in several different ways. An estate planning attorney in Austin can help you pick the option that …

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 …

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About a Power of Attorney?

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About a Power of Attorney? In estate planning, a power of attorney is a written legal document that offers power and authority to another person over specific things on your behalf. It allows another person to “step into your shoes” with tasks that can be either very general or extremely specific. In order to be considered a power of attorney, …

How to Arrange Your Inheritance for Your Children in Your Estate Plan

How to Arrange Your Inheritance for Your Children in Your Estate Plan A crucial part of your estate plan involves the distribution of your property and assets to your children. These instructions for your kids should be clearly laid out in your will or living trust, and so it’s important to know all of the components you should be including. What Are My Property Arrangement Options? – …