Write Your Own Texas Will

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#1 Texas Will Book

Simplify the will-writing process

Writing a will is one of the most effective steps you can take to secure your family's financial future. How to Write Your Own Will in Texas is an easy-to-use tool to help you complete your will and other estate planning...

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Overview

#1 Texas Will Book

Simplify the will-writing process

Writing a will is one of the most effective steps you can take to secure your family's financial future. How to Write Your Own Will in Texas is an easy-to-use tool to help you complete your will and other estate planning documents quickly. Let it help you make sure you can provide for your family today and in years to come.

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Write a will designed for your specific needs
  • Reduce the expenses your family will have to pay
  • Minimize the estate tax burden on your family
  • Hold your property to avoid probate

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READY-TO-GO FORMS with Step-by-Step Instruction

ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO:

  • Protect your family's financial future
  • Distribute your assets the way you want
  • Provide for your children after you're gone
  • Ensure your own peace of mind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572485136
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Legal Survival Guides
  • Edition description: BK&CDR
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Ann Rolcik received her law degree from Indiana University. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Ohio. Her primary focus is in the areas of wills, trusts, probate and family law.

Mark Warda received his J.D. from the University of Illinois in Champaign. He gave up a busy law practice in Clearwater, Florida to publish self-help law books.

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Table of Contents

How to Use the CD-ROM
Using Self-Help Law Books

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Basics about Wills
How a Will Works
Your Will and Probate
Property that Passes by Will
Avoiding Probate
Payment of Debts and Expenses

Chapter 2: The Probate Process
Administration of the Estate

Chapter 3: The Need for a Will
What a Will Can Do
Dying Without a Will
Out-of-State Wills
Who Can Make a Texas Will
What a Will Cannot Do
When Not to Use a Simple Will
Estate Taxes

Chapter 4: How to Make a Simple Will
Identifying Parties in Your Will
Personal Property
Specific Bequests
Remainder Clause
Alternate Beneficiaries
Survivorship
Guardians for Children
Children's Trust
Trusts for Parents
Executor
Witnesses
Self-Proving Affidavit
Disinheriting Someone
Funeral Arrangements
Handwritten Wills
Forms
Corrections

Chapter 5: How to Execute Your Will
Storing Your Will

Chapter 6: After You Sign Your Will
Reviewing Your Will
Changing Your Will
Revoking Your Will

Chapter 7: Living Wills and Health Care Agents
Living Wills
Medical Power of Attorney
Chapter 8: How to Designate a Guardian for Yourself

Chapter 9: How to Designate a Guardian and Health Care Agent for Your Children

Chapter 10: How to Make Anatomical Gifts

Glossary
Appendix A: Selected Provisions of Texas Probate Code
Appendix B: Explanation of Federal Estate Taxes, Including Estate and Gift Schedule
Appendix C: Sample, Filled-In Forms
Appendix D: Blank Forms

Index

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