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Federal Funds for COVID-19 Funeral Costs

How To Get Federal Funds for COVID-19 Funeral Costs

FEMA Is Providing COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Here’s What You Need To Know. The emergence of Covid-19 in the U.S. sparked an unprecedented public health crisis that caused grief and devastation at a level that is hard to appreciate. As a result of the many deaths caused by Covid-19, FEMA is now offering financial assistance for […]

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How to Prepare For The Unexpected With a Last Will And Testament

Did you know that you need more than a last will and testament to have a complete estate plan? Otherwise, the plans you’ve put in place may never see the light of day. A will covers your estate after you pass away, but who’s in control of your assets while you are alive but unable to make decisions for yourself?

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Legal Trusts and Estate Planning: It’s Not Just For the Rich

Should You Set Up a Trust? We tend to think of trusts as vehicles for extreme wealth when, in fact, most families with any assets could benefit from a trust.  Trusts are essentially a means of protecting property and assets. They allow you to avoid probate, transfer assets without incurring huge tax burdens, and they

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COVID-19 is no excuse to put off conversations with older parents about their long-term care

Use this holiday season to observe their well-being and broach the subject, even over Zoom As a Dallas elder law and estate planning attorney, I hear concern edging into my clients’ voices every first of January, post-holiday-visit. After the plum pies are eaten and the grandkids tucked into bed, adult children are often left with

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How to Keep a House Out of Probate Court

Failing to plan ahead can tie up your real estate in a lengthy probate process. The main issues that come up are the various delays and expenses that impact beneficiaries. Learn how to transfer a house or property without the costs of probate and how to make the probate process easier if a loved one is already deceased.

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5 Essential Steps To Establish Medical Power of Attorney Today

5 Steps to Take to Set Up Health Care Documents, Including a Medical Power of Attorney, in Dallas, TX:
1. Identify trusted individuals as a power of attorney
2. Discuss your plan with those individuals
3. Find an elder law attorney who is licensed in the state of Texas.
4. Sign and deliver your medical directives
5. Stop worrying and live your life

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How Children Influence your Estate Plan

Young Kids Create Special Considerations for Estate Planning When you have kids—especially young adults or minor children—estate planning is more critical than ever. Children introduce several unique concerns. There are more questions to think about, and there’s more riding on getting it right; so this is a crucial matter to think about early.  There are

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How to Store your Will to Avoid Issues with Probate

Congratulations, you’ve just signed your will.  Now what?  It’s important to keep your will in a safe place where someone will be able to find it.  Probating a will is very difficult unless the original can be produced.  This could add significant time and expense to the probate process. Here are some options to consider:

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Disadvantages of Dying without a Will

What Happens if You Die Without a Will? If you die without a will, it won’t be your problem; it’ll be everyone else’s! Dying without a will is also known as dying “intestate.” It could mean that rather than leaving your heirs an estate, they inherit an expensive and confusing headache. Three Steps to Decide

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Individuals You Need to Consider Naming in Your Estate Plan

Overview An estate plan asks the client to name individuals for a variety of responsibilities – responsibilities that differ from one another and may lead the client to determine that more than one person is best suited to fill each of these roles. Executor/Trustee For the client The executor of a will is responsible for

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