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Three reasons to update your estate plan after moving

Moving into a new house can be an overwhelming process. There are often documents to sign, checks to write, boxes to pack and unpack, and then organization that must occur. Sometimes when moving, it can feel as if forgetting something is inevitable. However, you probably do not want to forget to update your estate plan.

Estate plans work best when they reflect your current wishes and situation. Often, life events, such as moving into a new home, change your situation, so when life events occur, you may need to have your estate plan reviewed, so the appropriate changes can be made. When you move into a new home, there are three good reasons to update your estate plan as soon as possible.

A child’s best interests should determine custody arrangements

As a parent, your child is an important part of your life, so naturally, matters relating to child custody, also called conservatorship, may be one of the most contentious parts of your divorce. Whether you and your spouse are working together to find an agreeable custody arrangement or whether a court must decide, the best interests of your child should always be at the heart of any custody decision.

As parents, you and your spouse probably know better than anyone what your child’s needs are. However, you and your spouse may still disagree on what those best interests are, so it can be valuable to understand how a court determines the best interests of a child.

Four mistakes to avoid as an executor

Being named the executor of a will means a loved one deemed you trustworthy enough to handle his or her final affairs. It is an honor to be trusted so completely by your loved one. However, you also have a responsibility to uphold.

You want to ensure you perform your role correctly. Here are four mistakes you should avoid in your role as executor.

Texas divorce follows community property laws

Texas is a rare place for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that it is one of only nine in the Union that is a community property jurisdiction.

This means that if you get a divorce, any property or possessions gained during the marriage are equally divided between both spouses.

Do’s and don’ts for dads in a custody battle

If you’re a father trying to win custody of his child, then you are no doubt feeling more stress than you expected. It is easy to feel like the courts are against dads. The reality is that judges are not inherently for one parent or the other – fathers tend to succumb to common pitfalls that hurt their chances at custody, though.

A judge’s primary concern is the wellbeing of the child. This is measured in several ways, but a few of the best ways you can prove that your child’s wellbeing is at the forefront of your mind is by following these do’s and don’ts.

Divorce rates spike in the first quarter of the year

Certain times of year are common for different life events or family activities. For instance, September is the most popular month in the U.S. for birthdays. Research indicates that this is true as well for divorce.

A study from the University of Washington indicates that there is a biannual pattern for divorce filings, which occur in March and August. Associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini reviewed filings from 2001 and 2015 to determine the trend exists. 

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.

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