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Charitable Gift Annuities and Your Estate Plan

Charitable gift annuities are a way to make donations to a nonprofit university, hospital or other charitable institution while receiving income and tax benefits in return. Donors (known as annuitants) can take a charitable deduction on their income taxes in the year the gift is made. In addition, they receive a long-term income stream. For Read More

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How Lien Stripping Works in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

If you are like most homeowners, you purchased your house with a mortgage, which is a lien on the property that the lender can use to enforce payment of the loan. This first mortgage takes priority over any subsequent liens, such as those used to secure home equity loans or lines of credit. However, if Read More

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Why a Buy-Sell Agreement is Essential for a Small Business

Whether you’re starting a new business or are fully engaged in running one, it’s vital to plan ahead for what happens to the enterprise when you or one of your co-owners retires, becomes disabled or passes away. Creating an agreement that provides for such contingencies can help you ensure a smooth transition that avoids business Read More

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What Defines a Child’s Best Interests in Custody Cases?

When divorcing parents cannot agree on custody and visitation arrangements, the family court judge will make determinations that best serve the child’s emotional and physical needs. In other words, the child’s best interests are the priority, and parents will need to demonstrate to the judge how their desired custody arrangement serves those interests. Texas courts Read More

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How Is Community Property Transferred When a Spouse Dies?

In community property states like Texas, most property acquired by either spouse during a marriage is by law jointly owned by both of them. Upon divorce, the community property is evenly split. But what happens when a husband or wife dies while the marriage is in effect? Does the surviving spouse get everything or do Read More

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What Must You Disclose When Selling a Home in Texas?

Whether you’re selling the home you’ve lived in for years or flipping the fixer-upper you’ve refurbished, you’ll need to make a series of disclosures to the prospective buyer before any deal can be finalized. Texas law requires home sellers to inform buyers of material defects in the property that may affect its value. Usually, these Read More

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What Property Received By A Spouse During Marriage Is Not Community Property?

Divorce can be a confusing and contentious process. Separating oneself from a spouse becomes even more difficult when attempting to divide assets and property. To fully understand how process and possible outcomes, one must understand the difference between marital property and separate property. Texas is a community property state, which means that any assets or Read More

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Is a Will Essential to Estate Planning in Texas?

While there is no legal requirement in Texas to have a will, it is highly advisable for an individual to draft one as part of planning an estate. A properly drawn will allows an individual to control the distribution of their assets following their death. A will can also be used to carry out other Read More

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How Texas Bankruptcy Exemptions Are Preferable to Those in Federal Law

Bankruptcy is a legal process that allows people and entities to be discharged from paying all or part of their debts to creditors. It’s a common fear that filing for bankruptcy will result in the loss of one’s hard-earned assets. While it is true that some property may have to be sold off, there are Read More

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What Are the Advantages of an LLC Under the Texas Business Organizations Code?

Entrepreneurs forming a business must decide which type of organizational structure best suits them. There are several types of business entities recognized under Texas law, among them partnerships and corporations. A third type — the limited liability company, or LLC — combines elements of both, in that it is subject to lesser regulation than corporations Read More

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