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Jul

27

2022

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What Is The Cost Of A Simple Estate Planning Package

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

People frequently delay drawing up a Will or other pieces of an estate plan because of concern for the cost. However, the cost of preparing a simple estate plan package is very reasonable. Compared to the expense of handling your estate without a Will, it's a bargain.

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Jul

21

2022

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How Do I Avoid Needing a Guardianship?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Pre-planning is necessary to avoid needing a guardianship. People live much longer these days, and Dementia and Alzheimers are a common issue families face with loved ones or themselves. Pre-planning to deal with incapacity is very smart.

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Jul

6

2022

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The Difference Between Statutory Transfer On Death Deed & Lady Bird Deed

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Two terms are used in the state of Texas to describe a deed that automatically transfers title to real estate you own on your death a transfer on death deed and a Lady Bird Deed (LBD). The distinction between these two deeds is subtle, but very important.

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Jul

6

2022

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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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Jun

21

2022

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How Much Does It Cost To Set Up A Guardianship?

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Guardianships are complicated and time-consuming. Unfortunately, they can also be expensive. This is how much you can expect to pay for a guardianship proceeding in Texas.

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Jun

16

2022

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5 Estate Planning Basics for Same-Sex Couples & LGBTQ Individuals

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Estate planning is even more important for LGBTQ individuals. In reflection of Pride Week, let’s discuss the necessity of estate planning for LGBTQ individuals and couples.

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May

31

2022

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

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

Has a loved one passed away without a Will? In some cases, you can avoid a lot of frustration by using a Small Estate Affidavit to legally transfer assets at very little expense to you.

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May

11

2022

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Do You Have a Blended Family? Estate Planning is Critical for You

Posted by: Adair M. Buckner

People with blended families have the greatest need for estate planning in the state of Texas. Here are a few reasons why.

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May

5

2022

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Advance Care 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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Apr

25

2022

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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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