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Those with young children should start estate planning earlier

Most Texas residents and others around the nation don't tend to spend a lot of time dwelling on what life will be like when they are no longer around. For those who do consider this scenario, they may begin the estate planning process, primarily to determine how their assets will be distributed among their loved ones. In addition, most individuals typically start the planning process later in life. While asset distribution is a major component of any estate plan, experts recommend that parents of young children start their preparations much earlier to avoid complications later.

Things to consider when making decisions about long-term care

When loved ones become unable to continue caring for themselves, many Texas residents and others around the country are faced with the decision of determining how that care will be provided. This process can often spur caregivers to consider their own future needs. In fact, a person should consider their own long-term care while still able to make competent decisions.

Estate planning should move beyond only development of will

Statistics show that over half of Texas residents and others around the country do not have a will. Most experts would assert that a will is typically the most basic document developed when someone begins the estate planning process. However, while an important piece to a comprehensive plan, advisers warn that there are potential concerns to having only a will.

House set to consider Medicaid planning bill

Long-term care planning is a complex issue for Texas residents and others around the nation. As lifespans continue to increase, more senior citizens wrestle with the questions of how and where they will receive care should they become unable to look after themselves. A bill before the nation's House of Representatives could affect the practice of Medicaid planning as part of long-term care options.

Divorce requires changes to estate planning documents

There are numerous issues to address when a couple from Texas or anywhere around the country goes through a divorce. Issues regarding child custody and property division are typically at the forefront of the parting spouses' minds. It is likely that estate planning may not be a topic that automatically arises during divorce proceedings. Yet, the documents included in a person's estate plan should be carefully considered.

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