What You Should Know about VA Benefits

For veterans in Texas, there are many special benefits available, including Property Tax Exemptions, State Retirement Benefits, Veterans Home Improvement Loan Program, and Veterans Employment Preference, just to name a few.  Eligibility for some VA benefits depends on factors such as residency, military component and Veteran disability status. Those with the highest preference in some… Read more »

How IRAs can be used in Texas Retirement Planning

It is never too late to start working on your retirement planning. You shouldn’t make the mistake of relying solely on your Social Security benefits to provide for a comfortable retirement. Instead, be proactive and create your comprehensive retirement plan now so that you can truly enjoy your retirement. Individual Retirement Accounts are an easy… Read more »

Texas Probate Basics

Are you considering whether you need a probate lawyer to guide you through an estate administration? Probate lawyers provide invaluable assistance, especially for complicated estates. Probate lawyers are specialists in assisting a Personal Representative through the entire probate process. Since the laws in each state differ when it comes to the rules governing probate proceedings,… Read more »

Answers to Your Questions about the Estate Tax

One of the primary estate planning concerns for most clients is estate taxes.  Indeed, for most people, the main goal of their estate plan is to reduce or eliminate Texas estate tax, if at all possible.  The federal estate tax rate is 40%, however, there is an estate tax exemption available. While Texas no longer… Read more »

Include Incapacity Planning in your Overall Estate Plan

Having an estate plan is important for you and your family because it gives you the chance to decide now how you want your property distributed after your death. It also allows you to engage in incapacity planning, when your family will need the power to act on your behalf when you are unable to… Read more »

The Basics on Different Types of Trusts

When it comes time to plan for death or incapacity, estate planning is vital.  There are various estate planning tools, including wills and trusts, which are available to help create the comprehensive estate plan you need.  Planning for your future and the future of your family is important, as it allows you to determine who… Read more »

Using a Spendthrift Trust as Part of Your Estate Plan

Trusts are fundamentally agreements based on the trust and confidence between the trustee and the grantor, who is the person making the trust.  The trust agreement authorizes the trustee to administer the trust assets and distribute them to the beneficiaries named in the trust, according to the terms of the trust document.  A spendthrift trust… Read more »

Fatal Accident in Dallas County Reminds us of the Need for Estate Planning

On Labor Day this year, a 17-year-old was involved in a fatal car accident in Dallas County, after speeding through an intersection at 87 miles per hour.  She has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the death of the couple whose vehicle she struck.  The couple’s teenaged daughter survived the wreck. … Read more »

Free Report: Estate Planning and You

Estate planning is not an end goal, but more of a process. It involves evaluating your current situation, desires, and options, and creating legal tools that will help protect your choices. Because each of these variables change over time, so too will your estate plan have to change. Fortunately, once you have the right plan… Read more »

Pet Planning in Texas Infographic

When it comes to protecting your pet, no one does it better than you do. But what will happen to your pet when you are no longer around? Learn what a pet trust can do to you and your pet in this infographic.

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