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How the federal government can affect heirs' tax responsibilities

There is an ongoing debate in Washington D.C. about the estate tax and how it will be handled. Texans who have a substantial enough portfolio where it will be affected by the estate tax if it stays in place or if it is repealed should keep track of the proposals and potential changes that might be made as it will be important to their estate planning and how it affects their heirs. In general, people who are considered wealthy are affected by the estate tax. However, the argument to repealing it is to make certain that those who have hefty assets will have a chance to maintain their wealth.

Overview of the claims process in Texas estates

One of the most important part of estate administration is the reviewing and paying of claims against a deceased Houston, Texas, resident's estate. After all, very few people leave this world with owing absolutely no money to anyone, especially if they have a final doctor or hospital bill that they incurred during their last illness.

How do I estimate the value of the family-owned business?

A previous post on this blog discussed the important duty the executor of an estate has to value the property of the estate accurately, particularly when the person who died had a lot of wealth and may be subject to federal taxes as a result.

Placing a value on an estate's property

Although sometimes not discussed as much as it really should be, one of the most important legal issues that comes up in the estate administration process is the valuation of the property of the estate. Valuation is particularly important because putting the wrong value on a piece of property can mean the estate does not get divided correctly in accord with terms of the will or Texas law, as the case may be. Poor property valuation can also create tension between heirs and beneficiaries and even lead to litigation.

Preventing family fights over your estate

Watching your family grow and change, you may feel sad when you see the tensions that exist among your children, stepchildren or other family members. Perhaps you even anticipate that, after you leave this world, those tensions may become worse, especially if your heirs squabble over your estate. While it may be tempting to leave it all to fate, doing so may result in lifelong discord among your loved ones and bitterness directed at your memory.

Don’t navigate the estate administration process alone

Losing a loved one is one of the most stressful and traumatic experiences a person can go through. While dealing with the emotional impact, there are unfortunately a number of practical and important matters that need to be dealt with. When it comes to estate administration, having an experienced and compassionate guide is crucial to making sure the wishes of the deceased are carried out properly and without incident. If you’ve never gone through this process before, however, it is important to understand exactly what estate administration is and how it can affect you and your family.

How trusts can be used to protect a child if a marriage ends

Texans who are considering ways to provide for their loved ones after they have passed will frequently be torn between wills and trusts. For some, the idea of inserting a trust into the will is taken into consideration. There could be a variety of reasons for this, but one that is common is to save on taxes after the testator has died. For 2017, the estate tax exemption in almost $5.5 million for an individual and $11 million for a couple. However, this justification is being surpassed by parents who are trying to protect a child's assets if there is a divorce. Understanding how a trust can protect these assets is key when deciding if this is the strategy to take.

Estate complexities and how to deal with them

Most Texans will understand the important of formulating an estate plan, but not have an in-depth knowledge of why it is important or what factors will come into play. Similarly, there are certain issues that will have an influence on an estate plan and must be fully understood by the testator and the people who will be receiving the assets and properties. Understanding probate issues, factors of ownership and tax responsibilities are key factors to grasp.

Options for trusts when planning for the future

As Texans navigate estate complexities when formulating a plan for the future, there are numerous issues for them to take into account. This is true whether the portfolio is of significant value or it is of more modest means. People who are thinking about trusts and the distribution of assets to their heirs can take advice from those who are of substantial means and tailor a plan to suit their own goals. One example is how billionaire Warren Buffett crafted his estate and its distribution.