Estate Planning

Estate Planning Issues for Blended Families and Second Marriages

Blended families and second marriages create a number of issues in the context of estate planning. Difficult decisions must be made and competing interests must be prioritized. Some of the common concerns include the following: Providing for the new spouse. Providing for children from a prior marriage. Providing for children born during the new marriage. […]

Estate Planning 101

Most people hear the term “estate planning” and either don’t know what it involves or don’t fully understand what an estate plan accomplishes.  This article is an Estate Planning 101 to help explain what estate planning is all about, including what an estate is, the goals of estate planning, what an estate plan does, and […]

An Example of Why You Should Have An Attorney Draft Your Will

Today’s example of DIY will language that cost a lot of money comes from the late Ms. Vada Wallace Allen. The issue surrounds a 316 acre tract of land the Ms. Allen conveyed to her son Bobby in some form. The provision in her will that caused the problems reads as follows: NOW BOBBY I […]

Key Estate Planning Documents in Texas

There are numerous documents used when putting together an estate plan.  Each plan is different and focused on the individual client’s needs so one client may have documents in his or her estate plan that are not necessary to address another client’s estate planning objectives.  However, certain documents are common to most estate plans. It […]

Basic Estate Planning Issues for New Parents

The feeling of being a new parent is exhilarating, a little scary, and often very tiring – I know, I did it twice.  I still remember walking out of the hospital when my son was born thinking, “That’s it? They really just let me walk out the door and go home with him?”  Along with […]

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