To die intestate means that you died without a valid Will. If you die without a Will or some other form of estate planning, the state in which you reside and the IRS will simply make one for you. Of course, they have no interest in avoiding or reducing estate taxes, minimizing estate administration costs or protecting... 
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By Attorney Elijah Keyes A father designated his son and daughter as the beneficiaries of his large retirement account. The daughter’s husband was physically abusive and the couple had been considering divorce. The father was adamant that his son-in-law receive nothing from his estate. After a very healthy life,... 
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Early this morning, a driver driving the wrong way on IH 35 near Kyle (where I grew up) caused a wreck that killed four people and injured two others. In this instance, the wrong way driver was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of IH 35 at the Kyle Parkway exit.  Unfortunately, the car hit a minivan, killing... 
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Time Warner Cable news in San Antonio  and Austin carried a news story about yesterday’s hearing on GTECH’s Plea to the Jurisdiction.  You can see San Antonio story by clicking >>here<<, and the Austin story by clicking >>here<<.  Both news stations ask for comments on their website... 
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A child is the most important aspect in a divorce. Most parents want to make sure that they keep hold of their children. This leads to increased conflict during divorce proceedings with each of the party hell-bent on trying to get custody of the child. However the final decision on matters of custody is taken by the... 
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When two people get married, it is not only their life that changes, but also the lives of a number of other people who are close to the two spouses. This is why it is important for people to maintain their marital relation until there is no choice but to go for divorce. Even then, when you are getting divorced, your... 
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Judge Amy Clark Meachum of the 201st Judicial District Court in Travis County heard arguments from attorneys representing the Plaintiffs and GTECH Corporation today.  The hearing concerned GTECH’s claim that it is immune from suit as a government contractor. Judge Meachum quizzed the lawyers about the legal... 
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I don’t know everything, what I do know is that I have a deep level of knowledge in very few areas of law and financial planning.  When it comes to estate planning concepts as it applies to Main Street (not Wall Street) families who are interested in protecting what they’ve worked hard to earn, I’d... 
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A number of clients in the Fun 5’s lawsuit against GTECH have indicated that they want to attend the hearing at the Travis County courthouse today.  It is a public hearing and we encourage you attend and listen if you are interested.  Austin district courts have a rotating docket which means we will not know... 
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Even if you do smart marketing by purchasing pre-screened insurance leads from a lead generation company, you need to have an online presence — online and offline. Use your social media presence and addresses on all of your offline marketing materials, such as letterhead, business cards and various other print media.... 
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