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Second Family? Special Estate Planning Needs

Many people today get remarried after a divorce or the loss of a spouse to death. A second, third or subsequent marriage may offer someone the companionship and stability they have long sought. While a new relationship may be a happy, positive thing, it may come with some unique challenges when the two parties try to figure out how to bring their children and other extended family members into the mix.
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Two Types of Charitable Remainder Trusts

People who wish to provide significant financial support to a charitable organization may at times be hesitant of providing sizeable grants or donations while they are still alive, in part because they may need to ensure they retain enough of their own assets to take care of themselves for as long as they have left to live.
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Power of Attorney Disputes

A power of attorney provides authority to an attorney-in-fact, or agent, to act in specific ways on behalf of the principal who created the document. Texas has several different POA options that grant the authority when the principal becomes disabled or incapacitated.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Audits

Business owners in Texas can be subject to state tax audits. While the auditing process can be intimidating, the more information a business owner has, the better they can face the different steps of the process. The following questions can help you understand the audit process and improve the chance of a successful outcome.
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3 Ways to Help Prevent Contract Disputes

Contract disputes are relatively common in today’s business climate, but they have the potential to cost business owners considerable time and money. For this reason, many modern business owners are taking preventative measures to lessen the chances of finding themselves embroiled in costly litigation, and they are using similar tactics to do so.
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What Should I Know About Registering a Trademark?

If you want to create better awareness of your company and the goods or services you offer, consider following the lead of other businesses and register a trademark with the federal government. A good trademark helps distinguish your company from competitors and promote the quality of the products or services you provide.
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Do All Business Bankruptcies Result in Liquidation?

We often hear about businesses going into bankruptcy and never coming out of one, so many people tend to believe bankruptcy spells the end of a company. However, this is not always the case.
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Why Should You Have a Family Discussion About Estate Planning?

Death is a topic that many people would rather avoid talking about. Many individuals do not discuss it with even those closest to them because it shifts the mood. When extended grown families have limited time each year to spend together, people are hesitant to even broach this subject.
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A Special Needs Trust May Be Right for Your Family

Even though having a child with special needs can be challenging, your parent-child relationship is likely among the most significant ones you have. Still, if your son or daughter has physical, developmental or other disabilities, you may worry about his or her future.
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Making Estate Plans for A Business Property

Texas business owners may worry over cash assets, inventory and vehicles, but all of these things may come to nothing if the business literally has nowhere to operate. When a business owner dies, what happens to the real estate the business uses may become an issue.
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