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5 Smart Estate Planning Tips to Avoid Probate

1. Have a small estate. Your loved ones can distribute your estate among themselves without having to go through court proceedings if you died without a Will and your assets are valued below $75,000 at the time of your death. Your dependents are required to sign an affidavit stating that they are entitled to your...

A Comprehensive Guide to Estate Planning During the Coronavirus

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted regular routines for most people around the globe. Following the crisis, many states closed schools or moved to online learning, limited restaurant dining services, and imposed lockdowns and travel restrictions. As you prepare for this threat by working from home and stocking up on essential groceries, you should also...

Estate Planning – The Basics

Every adult should have a customized and comprehensive estate plan. Yet, the AARP reports that only 40 percent of Americans have a will—let alone the other estate planning documents that they need. In many ways, this is not a surprise: Estate planning can be intimidating. Many people want to protect themselves and their families, but...

What is Probate?

In Texas, Probate is the legal process where a Will is “proved” in a court of law (Probate Court) and accepted as a valid document that is indeed the true, last Will and Testament of the deceased.  Likewise, when someone fails to leave behind a Will (called dying Intestate), Probate is the legal process where...

If I die, who will care for my children?

If I die, who will care for my children? In Texas, the government, courts, and a judge (all strangers to your family and children) will decide who will raise your children if you die without leaving clear instructions behind.  This can obviously lead to difficulties (delays, uncertainty, fighting) at a time when your children need...

Trust Law

A trust is a three-party fiduciary relationship in which the first party, the trustor or settlor, transfers (“settles”) a property (often but not necessarily a sum of money) upon the second party (the trustee) for the benefit of the third party, the beneficiary. A testamentary trust is created by a will and arises after the...

Last Will and Testament

A will or testament is a legal document by which a person, the testator, expresses their wishes as to how their property is to be distributed at death, and names one or more persons, the executor, to manage the estate until its final distribution.

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At The Cawlfield Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to providing results-oriented legal representation to clients. To schedule a confidential, no-obligation initial consultation, please call us at (972) 382-5400or contact us directly online. With an office in Celina’s historic downtown square, we serve communities throughout the region, including in Collin County, Denton County, Grayson County, Cooke County, Tarrant County, and Dallas County.

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