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May

15

2024

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Why You Should Have A Statutory Durable Power Of Attorney

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

An important component of an estate plan is a statutory durable power of attorney, otherwise called a general power of attorney. This power of attorney allows you to name an agent to carry on business-type activities on your behalf if, for any reason, you are not able to do so yourself.

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May

9

2024

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Why You Need A Living Will And Medical Power Of Attorney

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

If you have ever gone through a hospital admissions process, you've likely been asked if you have a living will (also known as a directive to physicians) and a medical power of attorney. Here are the main benefits of both—and why they're worth the investment.

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May

7

2024

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How Long Does The Probate Process Take? [Probate Q&A Video Series]

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

A widely-held belief about probate is that it is long and expensive. That is often not the case. How long it will take and how much it will cost depend on a number of factors. In most cases, it is not a lengthy or horribly expensive process.

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Apr

25

2024

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6 Key Questions To Help You Choose The Right Attorney

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

With so many lawyers out there, it’s difficult to know which is the right one for you. But you don’t have to settle for an attorney who isn’t a good fit for you or your legal matter. These 6 questions will help you determine whether an attorney will have your best interests at heart.

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Apr

25

2024

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How Soon Must A Will Be Probated After A Death? [Probate Q&A Video Series]

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

How soon must a Will be probated after death? In Texas, generally a Will must be filed within four years after the date of the death, but I encourage you to do it sooner rather than later. Neglecting to probate the Will can leave you in a more painful situation in the long run.

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Apr

17

2024

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Should I Agree To Carry The Note On The Sale Of Property?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Are you considering selling a property and carrying the note yourself? Before you do, you will want to consider if you own the property, if carrying the note is a smart investment, if it is wise to take on the risk if the buyer can’t qualify for conventional third-party financing, and if you are willing to do the necessary legal work to protect yourself if the buyer defaults.

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Apr

11

2024

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Don't Be Afraid Of Probate: What Probate Is & How It Works [Probate Q&A Video Series]

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

What is probate? Probate, while usually referred to as any legal action to handle an estate, is actually the administration of a Will upon the death of an individual.

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Apr

4

2024

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Estate Planning Is Not Just For Old People: The Benefits Of Early Estate Planning

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Unfortunately, it's all too common for parents to put off estate planning to protect the settlement of their estates for the loved ones left behind because they don't believe they are old enough to think about this. Or, commonly, younger people believe estate planning is too expensive for them to take on at this stage in their lives. Neither of these things are true!

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Mar

21

2024

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Probate As A Muniment Of Title: What Is It & What Does It Cost?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

There are several different types of probate in Texas where a loved one dies having a Will. The complexity of the proceeding and the cost varies widely depending on which type of probate you can or must use to pass your loved one's estate. The simplest and least expensive type of probate is known as a "muniment of title" proceeding.

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Mar

7

2024

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Do I Need A Living Trust? [Estate Planning Q&A Video Series]

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Many people have heard the term living trust and think it is a magical estate planning tool for everyone. For some people, a living trust truly is a smart way to handle their estate, but for others, it is an unnecessary expense.

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