Accidental disinheritance can occur when a person unintentionally fails to leave assets to a loved one in their estate plan. This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as overlooking a beneficiary, failing to update a will after a life-changing event, or misunderstanding the legal requirements for passing on property. Accidental disinheritance can have […]
Probate is the legal process through which a deceased person’s assets are distributed to their heirs or beneficiaries. In Texas, probate can be a complex and time-consuming process, particularly if the deceased person did not have a comprehensive estate plan in place. In some cases, probate can turn into a nightmare for the deceased person’s […]
Three Keys To Protecting Yourself From A Rogue Executor
Unfortunately, sometimes a death in the family can bring out the worst in people. Indeed, family resentments sometimes simmer during a time of grieving – particularly when money and assets from the deceased’s estate are involved. If you are a beneficiary under a loved one’s estate plan, you may be under the assumption that those […]
Did Whitney Houston Leave Too Much Money To Bobbi Kristina?
Whitney Houston’s estate was worth approximately $20 million when she died – plenty to meet the needs of her only daughter – Bobbi Kristina. Sadly, only a few years after Houston’s death, Bobbi Kristina died as well. Although Bobbi Kristina’s previous boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is still a suspect in her murder, many say that having […]
A Powerful Exercise To Surface The Values You Want To Pass On To The Next Generation
Every one of us receives and passes on an inheritance. The inheritance may not be an accumulation of earthly possessions or acquired riches, but whether we realize it or not, our choices, words, actions, and values will impact someone and form the heritage we hand down. — Ben Hardesty Successful estate planning is about far […]
Does My Estate Plan Need to Include My Vacation Property?
Yes! If you own a vacation home, timeshare, investment property, or any other asset outside of the state where you are domiciled you must make sure it’s included in your estate plan. If you fail to include these in your estate plan, or fail to have an estate plan at all, your heirs will encounter […]
Three Tips for Talking About Your Estate Plan During the Holidays
The holidays are right around the corner, bringing the joyous season of gathering with family and loved ones into full swing. It is the time to slow down, get caught up with loved ones, and enjoy the family and experience quality time around the dinner table. It is also a great idea to take this […]
Wondering Whether You Need to Update Your Estate Plan?
Yes, You Do, and Here’s Why Please allow us to be frank. It’s unrealistic to think that a piece of paper you draft, reflecting your life at a certain time, will work when your life has completely changed some years later. We’ll use the Kendrick family as an example. Meet the Kendricks Meet Bill and […]