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5 Things to know about settling an estate

After a loved one passes away, you could be faced with a serious job. The person who is appointed as the executor of the estate will need to satisfy several responsibilities, such as settling debts, distributing assets and more in order to settle the estate.

If you've found yourself in this position, here are five things you need to know before starting the probate process.

Gifting to Preserve Family Harmony

Dividing the Pie.jpgWe have previously discussed why leaving your estate to your children in equal shares isn't always fair. In fact, it could destroy the value of the assets you leave and ruin family relationships. So what solutions do you have to be fair and preserve family harmony? 

Equal Isn't Always Fair

Family House.jpgWhen doing their estate planning, parents always want to be fair with their children. Most often they try to accomplish this by leaving everything to the children in equal shares. While this may seem like a good solution, in practice, it can actually create lots of problems and it can end up be anything but fair. 

Why would you contest a will in Texas?

If your loved one prepared for their passing through drafting a will, their wishes regarding the distribution of their estate are probably clearly established. But, you may not agree with your inheritance. Or, you may question the capacity of the person who wrote the will (the testator) to make legal decisions prior to their death.

Though you might disagree with a will, you may not know on what basis you’re able to contest it. And, though various grounds for a challenge may apply to your situation, there are three main considerations which may factor into your decision to challenge a will.

Safekeeping of Wills

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You've made your will, and now you have peace of mind that your estate will be settled how you want. But you're not done yet.

A will has not done its job until it makes it into probate court. For this reason, it is imperative that you preserve the will until your death, and make sure it can be found to be used. A lost will is the same as no will. 

Charging Order's Got Your Back

Do Not Enter.jpgWhile there are several factors to consider when choosing what type of entity to form, the primary function of an entity is asset protection. Business owners want to protect their personal assets from the liabilities of the business operations. But there is another form of liability that business owners should be aware of that could have an even more devastating effect if not protected against. 

One of the Simplest, Yet Powerful Estate Planning Techniques

People often put off their estate planning because they think that it is expensive. But there is a simple strategy that costs nothing and can save you thousands of dollars. It supersedes all other estate planning and even avoids probate. Failure to implement this strategy correctly, however, could end up costing you thousands. 

The Critical Decisions That May be Made Without You

Woman Questions.jpgWhen people think of estate planning, they typically think of who is going to get their stuff when they're gone. While the transfer of assets at death is an important concern, the essence of estate planning about preserving your right to make decisions regarding your care, your children, and your assets, when you can't.

Although these are some of the most important decisions you can make, without an estate plan, you may have no say in them.

What you should know about being an estate administrator in Texas

The term administrator is used to describe the person who will oversee an estate after a person’s death when there is not an executor. There can various reasons the estate does not have an executor including the deceased did not name an executor in the will, the court found the will to be invalid or the deceased did not leave a will.

You do not need to be a lawyer to be an estate administrator. But the administrator usually needs to be approved by the heirs. As an administrator, it is important to know that you are not acting on your own behalf. An administrator will represent the interests of both beneficiaries and creditors. There may be legal responsibilities that an administrator may need legal expertise from a lawyer for. The lawyer you hire will represent you in your capacity of administrator.


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