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Digital Assets Great article about what happens to your digital assets when you die, plan ahead for a digital Executor, please read. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-what-happens-to-your-data-after-you-die-101447039569.html

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 Special Needs Planning April Autism Awareness Month The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014 and autism is celebrated throughout the month of April.  Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate this special month with unique fundraising and special awareness-raising events.  How will you celebrate?  Autism affects individuals to different degrees...

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The Importance of a Will Statistics indicate that the majority of adult Americans do not have a Will.  While this may be surprising, it is not uncommon.  Reasons range from lack of planning to lack of time, procrastination and sometimes avoidance of end of life discussions in general.   Having a Will can avoid unnecessary anguish...

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Estate Planning with Digital Assets In today’s online and social media age, have you ever considered what would happen to your Facebook, Twitter or other online profiles and accounts if you died or became incapacitated? Who would be able to access your bank accounts? Would your probate Executor or Power of Attorney Agent be granted...

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October Special Needs Law Month

According to the Texas Children’s Policy Council, it is estimated that 9-13% of Texas children have some type of disability.  Caring for a special needs child can present unique challenges.   While parents generally focus on the day to day ongoing needs of their special needs child, it is equally important for parents to plan for...

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Estate Planning and Advanced Directives

Very few people are fully prepared for the unexpected incapacity or impending loss of a loved one.  Advanced preparation can help ease the burden of making difficult decisions for a loved one in times of unexpected tragedy or loss. It’s important that you and your loved ones discuss end of life wishes and desires. At...

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What Does A Texas Independent Executor or Administrator Do?

When you are named as an Independent Executor in a Will or otherwise appointed by a Court to serve as an Independent Administrator of an estate in Texas, you become responsible for the task of administering the decedent’s estate. As Independent Executor or Administrator, you will be locating and valuing the decedent’s assets, preparing the...

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Dying Intestate & Texas Heirship Explained

Dying intestate means that you have died without a Will. When a person dies intestate, the Texas Probate Code outlines the manner in which your estate will be distributed in accordance with the laws of descent and distribution. Heirs of an estate are typically determined and declared through an heirship proceeding. The proceeding declares the...