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“You're chugging along with your savings goals, but are you really doing everything right? See if you're at risk for getting off track due to four all-too-common mistakes.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Aretha Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, has resigned as executor of the late soul singer’s estate amid mounting family tensions, the Detroit Free Press reports.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne plan to pass on their significant fortune to future generations of their family.” Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Having an estate plan is among the most important things you can do for your loved ones. It is, however, a task many of us dread and put off dealing with until later in life. If there is one thing we can recommend, it is that it is never too early to start planning. However, it can be too late. Do you have an estate plan that will provide for your loved ones, in the event of death or upon incapacity?” Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“To paraphrase Mark Twain: reports of the death of state estate taxes are greatly exaggerated. In fact, there are recent signs that states are starting to beef up their estate tax laws, instead of tearing them down. This, of course, is bad news for wealthier Americans, who had hoped that state lawmakers would continue burying these taxes.” Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Instead, they placed the items in a charitable remainder trust, received a tax deduction for part of the value, received income from the trust and then gave a sum to a charity of their choice.” Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“The reality of COVID-19 has forced many individuals to address the ‘what if’ scenarios that were previously unthinkable, or at least the situations that no one ever wants to talk about or deal with.” Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“When is the last time you updated your will? Could your beneficiaries have changed? If you have a trust, did you actually fund it? Is your plan ready for the new SECURE Act? Here are five mistakes you don't want to make.” Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Recent legislation provides unprecedented opportunities to minimize or avoid estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes (GSTT).” Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“In a national telephonic press conference today by attorney Lanny Davis, a legal representative for Walt Disney’s grandson Bradford D. Lund, the announcement was made of another count added to their previously filed U.S. Civil Rights Act complaint against Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan and the entire Los Angeles County Superior Court.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“If you are quarantined or under a lockdown and can't get to a notary, how can you get your will, trust and other documents executed? Don't give up. There are ways to get it done without leaving home.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
Many small companies, nonprofits and freelancers are eligible for federal grants and low-interest loans. But confusion, delays and red tape abound. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
During the COVID-19 pandemic, having a care plan is an important part of emergency preparedness for older adults and their caregivers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
The Internal Revenue Service is postponing the date for filing gift tax and generation-skipping transfer tax returns and making payments until July 15, 2020, because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
If you’re caring for an older loved one, you might be worried. Here is what you need to know to keep elderly people safer, and what to do if they do show symptoms of COVID-19. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020, allows employers (and self-employed individuals) to delay paying their portion of that social security payroll tax. However, employers who receive Small Business Act loans that are forgiven under the CARES Act are not eligible for this payroll tax deferral. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Nobody likes to think about their own mortality, and that's why so many people go without basic estate planning documents. Often, an event like the coronavirus can be the kick in the pants you need to get your affairs in order.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
As COVID-19 keeps people home, meeting with a lawyer to create a will could not be easier. In most states, a lawyer’s services have been deemed “essential,” even during stay-at-home orders. We are doing everything we can to make our services as easy and convenient for you as possible, including meeting over telephone, online video services and other innovative ways to ensure you get the planning you need while complying with all safety measures. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
Resource: Coronavirus Small Business Guide, https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
Resource: Coronavirus Small Business Guide, https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Having an estate plan is among the most important things you can do for your loved ones. It is, however, a task many of us dread and put off dealing with until later in life. If there is one thing we can recommend, it is that it is never too early to start planning. However, it can be too late. Do you have an estate plan that will provide for your loved ones, in the event of death or upon incapacity?” Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Losing a loved one isn’t just an emotional burden — it also carries an administrative load. There are flower arrangements to pick, eulogies to write and a stream of paperwork to sort through.” Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“About 55% of Americans do not have a will. Even more worrisome is the fact that less than one in five millennials have a will. The top reason why Americans don’t have a will, is simply procrastination, followed by the feeling of not having enough assets, and a fact that it’s too expensive to set up.” Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Most American adults own life insurance, yet the buying process can be perplexing and pose traps for the unwary — and cause financial problems years down the road.” Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning
“Retirees who relish the pleasure of watching the seasons change, and love the special energy of winter, should consider these five affordable countries that feature colder winters and offer residency visas.” Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at Texas Estate Planning