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Whether you have accrued modest assets or have a considerable nest egg, you must designate who inherits your savings, investments, property, and other assets when you die. The thought of your heirs and others grappling in court over who gets what is unsettling. If you want to make sure that doesn’t happen, you need to...
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When planning your estate, your attorney may suggest a Revocable Trust as the centerpiece of the plan. Also called a “living trust,” you create the document while you are alive and get to include provisions for your medical care should you become ill, disabled, or challenged by the symptoms of aging.  Revocable Trusts let you...
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Probate—you hear the term bandied about in a mostly negative context. There’s a reason for that. The legal process often involves family conflict or conflict in general over who gets what when a person dies. Business challenges, particularly ones from partners, can be a legal nightmare. If a person dies without a will (intestate), quarrels...
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You’ve worked hard and built a nice nest egg. Your estate plan is in order. There will be enough to retire comfortably, take care of your medical needs, and leave something to your heirs. As solid as your plan might be, life can take some unexpected turns. When it does, you may need to protect...
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A Living Trust is a legal arrangement established by an individual (the grantor) during their lifetime to protect their assets and direct distribution after their death. As an estate planning tool, it helps heirs and family members avoid a long public and sometimes contentious probate process. What is Probate? Probate is a legal process completed when...
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You’ve done a decent job growing your wealth. There’s a tidy sum there, enough so you can live in comfort in retirement. Our clients will tell you they credit much of their success to the estate planning experts at The Voeller Law Firm. Like many people, you would like to do better at growing your...
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If you’re thinking about doing estate planning, you might have one question taking shape in your mind: What’s the difference between a will and a trust, and which one is right for me? Estate planning laws in Texas aren’t incomprehensible, but the language and details used can make it appear to be daunting. Explanations about...
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Whether it’s starting a business, starting a marriage, becoming a parent, or losing a parent, significant life changes can have a substantial impact on your perspective for the future. The necessity to figure out how to best protect your children, your spouse, your finances, and your legacy is obvious; however, constructing an estate plan for...
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Most elder law attorneys handle a wide variety of legal matters that concern an older or disabled individual, including issues pertaining to health care, guardianship, retirement, long-term care planning, VA pension, social security, Medicare or Medicaid, and other essential matters. Elder law is a legal term which describes the area of legal practice that places...
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The state of Texas recognizes three types of wills as valid if they all possess two mutual requirements: The testator must be considered to be of sound mind and must be at least 18-years-old. Under these conditions, one would assume that a valid will is based on the wishes of a party who is functioning...
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