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When should you start estate planning?

Thinking about a time when you will no longer be around for your loved ones is not something anyone wants to think about. However, planning for the worst is necessary. Estate planning should be an important part of everyone’s lives. So when should people think about estate planning?

In short, you should start creating your estate plan as soon as possible. Creating a template that outlines what should happen after a tragedy is crucial for everyone, even young people and young families.

Will an alternative custody arrangement work for you?

There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding custody arrangements. Many people may think that the standard for custody is that mothers get custody during the week and fathers take weekends, always. Even joint custody or equal parenting time comes with stereotypes and perceptions.

However, like with many other aspects of life, parenting arrangements are modernizing. Many parents are coming up with unconventional, alternative parenting situations that best benefit their children.

Revoking your durable power of attorney

Your durable power of attorney plays a very important role near the end of your life. Once you determine your candidate, they will have the ability to make critical health care decisions when you become physically or mentally incapacitated. If you have any preferences for how long you want to be on life support, they will make the call for you.

As with other elements of estate planning in Texas, you could also change your mind and find your original choice to be unworthy for the role. Perhaps they have shown themselves to be untrustworthy, an accident occurred to them, or they were more associated with your spouse before your divorce. Regardless of the reasoning, you should familiarize yourself with how to revoke their title should you decide to change your representative.

4 tips for starting a new school year after divorce

For many children, heading back to school means big changes are on the horizon, including a new classroom, new teachers, a new schedule and maybe even a new school.

However, if you went through a separation or divorce over the summer, you and your child may already have enough change as it is. These 5 tips may help you and your child ease into a new school year after divorce.

Texas property laws for trees

Tree tops cover many farms and ranches across Texas. Although these trees can provide fresh air and a shady spot to picnic, they can also be problematic for property owners - especially when tree roots and branches infringe upon a neighbor's land.

Whether you are having tree disagreements with a neighbor or are trying to prevent them from happening, the following information on Texas tree-related property laws can help. 

Resolving fence disputes

There are millions of acres of land in Texas covering homes, businesses and agricultural facilities. With land so plentiful, arguments about boundaries are inevitable. Disputes happen for many reasons, including sealing off borders and inconvenience, as well as actual improper use of somebody else’s land. To avoid neighborly spats, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with property laws and the use of fences along the borders of your property.


The benefits of a special needs trust

Planning is key to creating a solid special needs trust for children who have been born with or attained a mental or physical disability. Such a financial vehicle may ensure that your children will retain a quality of life at least on par with what they had when you and other loved ones were alive to help care and love them.

A special needs trust or supplemental needs trust provides money for disabled children without disqualifying them from government benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income payments, which require recipients to have no more than $2,000 in assets and provides limits on income.

How unmarried fathers can stay involved in children’s lives

Nearly 40 percent of all children are born to unmarried parents. While many unmarried couples choose to stay committed to each other and raise the children together, there are a number of couples who don’t stick together.

Oftentimes in such situations, the child will live with the mother. But this doesn’t leave the child’s birth father out of the picture. Or at least it shouldn’t. Many unwed fathers know little about their legal rights as a parent, but they do have them.

Spendthrift clause in trusts can protect heirs from themselves

For your estate plan, you have decided to create a trust, rather than a will. Why? You have your reasons, but a big reason is your concern about the spending habits and lifestyles of your beneficiaries.

As long as you have known them, they have not handled money in a prudent manner. Financial responsibility has not been their strength. They have splurged too many times, buying expensive things too quickly without thinking through the purchase. Some heirs also may have substance abuse problems. All of this makes you nervous, especially since you have a sizable estate.


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