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What Are an Estate Executor’s Responsibilities in Texas?

When someone passes away, the executor is in charge of handling the decedent’s estate. From finding assets to paying taxes to distributing real estate, the executor has a lot to do. Let’s walk through the different responsibilities of an executor of an estate.  What Is an Executor of a Will? An executor, sometimes called an administrator or personal representative,...

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What Are the Requirements of a Valid Will in Texas?

A last will and testament is a foundational estate planning document. In a will, you can lay out how you want your assets distributed upon your death. You also name an executor who will oversee your estate. While this concept is straightforward in principle, there are many factors to consider when drafting a will. Most importantly, you need to...

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What Is a Bequest in a Will in Texas?

One of the most important decisions to make when estate planning is deciding who will inherit your assets. Your last will and testament will include these decisions in the form of bequests.   So what does bequest mean in a will? Generally speaking, a bequest is how you instruct who gets what when you die. There are many different kinds...

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Six Estate Planning Tips for Small Business Owners

Estate planning for business owners is one of the most important but overlooked parts of setting up a business. Often, folks wait until it’s too late to have conversations about their wishes for their small business after they pass on. When setting up your business, estate planning for small business owners can be an essential component of preparing for...

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ACL Fest May be at Risk of Violating New Law Aimed to Prevent “Vaccine Passports”

The Austin City Limits Festival announced a requirement that attendees have a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination to attend this year’s event. The requirement stems from similar requirements to attend other popular music festivals, including Chicago’s Lollapalooza. The Chicago Public Health Commissioner shared that two weeks after the festival, only 200 COVID-19 cases had been traced back...

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| Read Time: 4 minutes | Healthcare Business Law

Medical Office Compliance Plan: A Primer for Healthcare Business Owners

State and federal laws heavily regulate the healthcare industry in the United States. As a result, if you are involved in any level of providing healthcare services in our country, you must always remain aware that there are complex compliance issues you must adhere to. Here is a look at some of the basic regulatory issues you might encounter...

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What is a Medical Power of Attorney in Texas?

There may come a time when a person loses the ability to communicate his or her health care decisions. Whether the person loses capacity as a result of an accident, disease, or old age, it can be a difficult time for everyone involved. To ease the emotional stress of these types of situations, Texans should consider completing a medical...

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Dying Without a Will in Texas: What Young Families Need to Know About Texas Intestacy Statutes

In many cases, this is what happens if you die without a will in Texas: complications and conflicts. Even more disturbing is that the state ends up determining what happens to your estate rather than you. When you have no will in Texas, you provide no definitive legal assurance regarding what your wishes are, and you give your loved...

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Thinking About Doing Your Own Will?—LegalZoom vs. Hiring a Lawyer

When planning a will, many people assume that filling out a single document or form is enough to divide their property appropriately upon death. Unfortunately, this often results in unforeseen problems, such as beneficiaries contesting the will. At Massingill Attorneys & Counselors at Law, we are dedicated to helping clients protect their legacy and give their family peace of...

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| Read Time: 3 minutes | Business Law

FAQs About Texas Trademark Registration

In the state of Texas, trademark registration helps business owners protect their name, slogan, or logo from use by another entity. While registering for a Texas trademark is much quicker than a federal trademark application, it requires a lot of the same information. The application can be overwhelming for small business owners, especially if they have no experience with...

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