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5 Key Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan

5 Key Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan

5 Reasons It’s Time to Update An Estate Plan Whenever life changes, it's also time to update your estate plan.  A life-changing event can happen in a matter of seconds. Having a will or a trust does not guarantee that everything will go as planned, or that life events...

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How To Talk To Your Parents About Estate Planning

How To Talk To Your Parents About Estate Planning

Estate planning is an important part of life. When you plan your estate, you know exactly how your assets will be distributed when you pass.  As an adult child, it can be difficult to talk to aging parents about planning for the end of life, but it's just as vital to...

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Estate Planning for Blended Families

Estate Planning for Blended Families

Relationships can be complex in any situation, and bringing together two families with children is rarely easy. When a family becomes blended, it means dealing with your own family relations while introducing new parenting dynamics, and a whole new group of siblings....

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What Happens if You Die Without a Will in Texas?

What Happens if You Die Without a Will in Texas?

As of 2021, only 46% of Americans have a will. If you want to ensure your family is taken care of when you're gone, it's crucial to have a legal will and estate plan in place.  A legal will is an official document that names the executor of your estate and inheritance...

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How Much is Inheritance Tax in Texas? Complete Guide

How Much is Inheritance Tax in Texas? Complete Guide

If you are estate planning or thinking about starting to plan for your estate, you might be wondering how much inheritance tax is in Texas.  Inheritance tax is imposed on the heirs of an estate when they inherit property. Luckily, Texas residents don’t need to worry...

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What Are The Different Types of Trusts?

What Are The Different Types of Trusts?

There are many reasons to establish a trust. People choose different types of trusts to plan ahead for the end of their life and also to help their heirs avoid probate. Avoiding probate court to access assets after your death is a key benefit of a trust. However, many...

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5 Smart Ways to Plan For Estate and Inheritance Taxes

5 Smart Ways to Plan For Estate and Inheritance Taxes

1. Learn the basics. You’ve already taken the first step in learning the difference between estate tax and inheritance tax - doing the research to see just how they might impact you and the loved ones you leave behind. Here is the difference between the two. Estate...

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9 Tips For Your Estate Planning Checklist

9 Tips For Your Estate Planning Checklist

An estate planning checklist is a great starting point when you’re trying to put together a well-thought-through and comprehensive estate plan to protect your heirs in case of death or disability. Remember: the main estate planning goal is to protect both you and your...

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