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A Comprehensive Guide to Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts in Texas

It is natural to want to protect your hard-earned assets to ensure you and your loved ones can benefit from them for years to come. One way married couples can protect assets is by creating a spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT). These trusts allow one spouse to set aside assets for the benefit of the other spouse. In this...

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How to Revoke a Power of Attorney in Texas

A power of attorney is a legal document that grants decision-making authority to someone (the agent) on behalf of another person (the principal). Depending on the terms of the document, the agent has the ability to access information and accounts and make life-altering decisions for the principal. Unfortunately, there are situations when the agent fails to use their power...

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5 Clever Ways to Find the Best Probate Lawyer Near Me

Few people imagine they’ll ever need a probate attorney. However, the need for adequate representation throughout the probate process becomes obvious right after a loved one passes on. There are many reasons for this. First, probate is a long and complicated process. This fact is especially true now as probate cases have surged since 2020. Second, probate proceedings tend to...

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What Happens If You Die Without a Will in Texas

If you die without a will in Texas, any property you own at the time of your death will be distributed in accordance with Texas intestate succession laws. But, you may be wondering, What exactly does that mean?  If you have questions about how to plan for your future and what happens if you die without a will in...

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Can You Legally Contest a Will in Texas?

When someone passes away (commonly referred to as a “decedent”), one of the first things to do is determine whether the decedent left a will. If the decedent did leave a will, it must go through the probate process in court before the property can be distributed to their beneficiaries.  The probate process can be complicated. Sometimes, after a will is...

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How to Obtain a Copy of a Will in Texas

In the Lone Star State, a will is a testament to an individual’s wishes for their assets, loved ones, and legacy. One day, you might find yourself in a situation where you must access a copy of a will. Maybe you’re a beneficiary or an executor. Or perhaps you’re simply a family member seeking clarity. Whatever the case, the...

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What Is Trust Decanting in Texas?

Decanting a trust is a novel and increasingly popular approach to altering an irrevocable trust. But what exactly does it entail? At Massingill, we pride ourselves on bringing clarity to all kinds of estate matters. We especially enjoy unraveling particularly complex topics like trust decanting.  If you want to learn more about decanting a trust, then you’ll want to read...

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Estate Planning for Couples Who Are Not Married

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, marriage rates throughout the United States have steadily declined since the 1980s. However, that doesn’t mean there are fewer people in committed relationships. In fact, studies show that the number of Americans living with an unmarried partner is growing, indicating the public’s shift on perceptions of marriage. That...

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Estate Distribution: Understanding Probate Asset Valuation

A crucial step in the administration of someone’s estate after the individual passes away is determining the value of an estate. After all, you cannot fairly divide and distribute the estate’s assets to your descendants if you do not know what the estate is worth. Navigating the complexities of estate distribution and calculating the estate valuation of personal property,...

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Texas Estate Tax: Everything You Need to Know

One of the best parts of living in the Lone Star State is its low tax burden. In fact, Texas has the 4th lowest state-local tax burden in the country as of 2022. One major reason for this is that Texas has no state-wide tax on personal income. Texas also doesn’t have a state-wide estate tax. That’ll make many...

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