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Texas estate planning includes use of wills and bequests

Many people in Texas and across the nation have spent a lifetime collecting and acquiring personal property. When they die, if there are no estate planning documents in place to determine how the property will be distributed, it is left to heirs of an estate to dispose of the goods. When this is the case, heirs often turn to donations or tag sales to clear out personal items.

However, one recent report says that people often dispose of property in ways that result in them losing money. This is because some heirs do not understand the value of the personal property left behind. However, there are ways that this result can be avoided by those of us in Texas.

By using estate planning tools such as a last will and testament, a person in our state can bequest specific property to heirs of their estate. To make this process more effective, it may do well for a person to seek assess a value of much of what they own prior to their death. This can limit the chance that a valuable item will be disposed of by unknowing heirs.

Using the estate planning process can help a person on our state achieve their goals as to the distribution of their estate. Tools can be customized to fit every situation, thus ensuring that heirs understand the wishes of the deceased. Though the process of estate planning can seem complicated for some, it can be helpful for many people to review all available options when choosing how to plan for their eventual death.

Source: kwwl.com, "Lessons in estate planning," Kera Mashek, Jan. 20, 2013

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