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Oct

20

2021

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Do I Need A Trust? - When You Should & Shouldn't Set Up A Living Trust

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

I frequently am asked by prospective estate planning clients, "Do I need a trust?" The answer is the classic one: It depends.

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Aug

5

2021

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Should You Consult An Attorney Before Signing A Real Estate Contract?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

The price you pay for this advice before signing a contract can easily save you many thousands of dollars and lots of headaches and trouble in the future. A review of a standard residential purchase contract generally would not be more than a few hundred dollars. More complicated contracts, of course, would cost more to review or draft, but the cost would still be far less than any negotiation or litigation later to address problems that arise.

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Jul

15

2021

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What Is Involved In Setting Up A Living Trust

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Setting up a living trust is the best way to ensure your assets are passed onto the right people if you pass away. So how do you start the process?

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Jun

2

2021

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3 Reasons You May Need A Guardianship

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Guardianships are a complicated legal proceeding. Most people have no clue exactly how complicated and expensive they are. In some situations, however, a guardianship is required to manage the affairs of a loved one.

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May

20

2021

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The Average Cost Of A Determination Of Heirship Proceeding In Texas

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

A small estate affidavit will not always work, however. In some situations, you may need a determination of heirship. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure you have an experienced attorney to guide you through the steps involved. Otherwise, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the process.

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Apr

15

2021

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5 Times You Need An Attorney To Help You Buy Or Sell A Home

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

If you are in the market to purchase a home, you probably already know you should start shopping for a real estate agent and mortgage lender. But, do you also need a lawyer?

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Apr

14

2021

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When Can You Do A Small Estate Affidavit Procedure In Texas?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Frequently, people whose loved one dies without a Will fail to take any action to transfer property because they dont think the estate is large enough to mess with. This leaves loose ends that must be dealt with years later, when finding the people necessary to legally make the transfer is much harder. To avoid this result, the State of Texas allows the heirs to legally transfer assets at very little expense through a procedure called a Small Estate Affidavit.

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Apr

7

2021

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What Do I Do If A Loved One Dies Without A Will?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

When a loved one dies without a Will, you have two options: determination of heirship or Affidavit of Heirship. These are the steps involved in both proceedings, as well as best practices to follow.

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Feb

22

2021

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Slick Trick In Texas To Transfer Real Estate Without Probate

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Texas law has recognized an estate planning trick that is extremely effective and low cost, called a deed with an enhanced retained life estate or “Lady Bird” deed. This tool can be used for all types of real estate interests.

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Feb

11

2021

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Advance Planning Tools To Help Avoid Probate

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Sometimes, even when a person has drawn up a Will, probate of the Will may not be necessary. Advance planning with probate-alternative documents can avoid the need for probate in many cases.

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