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The Problem with LegalZoom (And Other Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning Solutions)

January 27, 2010

LegalZoom advertises itself as a cheaper alternative to an attorney. And many forgo professional advice because they are lured by the lower costs and believe the document LegalZoom creates will be just as effective as one created by an attorney. Having heard so much about LegalZoom, I recently visited its website. At first glance, the […]

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Say What? Trust Terminology Defined

January 18, 2010

Lawyers use a lot words when talking about trusts, often assuming that everyone knows their meaning. But in speaking to clients and friends, I realized that many people outside the legal community don’t understand what we are talking about. Below are some of the most common terms defined: Trust: A trust is a legal arrangement […]

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What are the Requirements of a Valid Will in Texas?

January 13, 2010

A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows you to identify your beneficiaries, designate the way in which your property will be distributed, nominate a legal guardian for any minor children, and nominate an executor to manage your estate, pay your debts, expenses and taxes, and distribute your estate according to your wishes. […]

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Say What? Will Terminology Defined

December 11, 2009

Lawyers use a lot of words when talking about wills, assuming that everyone knows their meaning. But from talking to friends and clients, I realized that many people outside the legal community don’t understand what we’re talking about. Below are some common commonly used terms defined: Testate: Dying with a valid will. Intestate: Dying without […]

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The Five Basic Estate Planning Documents
Every Adult in Texas Needs

November 2, 2009

When people think about estate planning, they generally think only about a will. Although a will is an important part of an estate plan, it only takes effect after you die. Other documents are needed to carry out your wishes and manage your assets in the event you are temporarily or permanently disabled. The following […]

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