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Jun

4

2020

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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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May

21

2020

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COVID-19 Pandemic Reminds People They Are Mortal: Estate Planning Is Really Important Now

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

If you've listened to the news over the last two months, you've learned that the COVID-19 virus can strike just about anyone just about any time, regardless of how careful you are or how healthy you are. The initial presumption that COVID-19 was only a serious concern for elderly, otherwise health-compromised people has proven untrue. Because of that, I have received lots of calls from clients of all ages who suddenly realized it might be time for them to look at doing their estate planning.

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Mar

19

2020

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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. If you answer no, they may let it slide and not require you to produce one. Or, they may give you a pre-printed form to fill out. This may suffice for an emergency situation, but having an attorney review what you need for a living will and medical power of attorney is still preferable. The medical power of attorney is needed for many healthcare treatment providers. You may still be asking yourself, What are a living will and medical power of attorney? And why would I need them?

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Sep

18

2019

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It's Not Too Late For A 'Postnup' Agreement

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

There is good news. If you and your spouse can agree on the parameters, it’s not too late to outline how your property will be classified, as community or separate, how your joint finances will be handled, and support for children from prior marriages —even if you’re already married.

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Dec

20

2018

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Why You Should Start Estate Planning In Your 20's

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Estate planning isn't just for rich or older individuals. Even young, asset-poor 20-somethings should start thinking about how their property will be distributed in the event of a tragedy. Drawing up an estate plan is not as much an action you need to take for yourself, but one you should take for your loved ones.

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Sep

27

2018

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Worried About A Loved One's Ability To Take Care Of Their Own Affairs?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Hopefully, you recognize the issue before its too late to pre-plan. The time to seriously review all of a loved one's financial and estate planning affairs is in the early stages of Dementia or Alzheimer's. Progression of the degree of incapacity varies from person to person. Obviously, a visit to a physician for a diagnosis and treatment plan should be your first priority. Then a visit to an attorney should be next.

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May

25

2017

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What Is Estate Planning And Why Do I Need It?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

This may sound surprising but almost everyone needs estate planning done in their lifetime. Whether you are a young couple with children, an older individual nearing retirement or a same-sex couple, having an estate plan in place can protect your assets and legacy.

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