What you need to know about Estate Planning A complete estate plan must include certain essential parts. In fact, it is similar to building a snowman in some respects. The traditional snowman has several critical components: bottom, middle, and top snowballs, as well as “arms” and a “face.” If any of these are left out,…

Handwritten Will After the 2018 passing of the legendary singer Aretha Franklin, her family and lawyer initially thought she had died without a will. But earlier this year, three handwritten wills—two from 2010 that were locked in a cabinet and one from 2014 that was hidden under a couch cushion—were found in Franklin’s home in…

Powers of Attorney It is very important to regularly review and update all of your estate planning documents. However, your financial power of attorney is one document that should be reexamined more frequently than others.  Revisiting your financial power of attorney will help ensure that the person you have appointed (your agent) is still the…

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2017, there were 44.4 million foreign-born people living in the United States, 55% of whom were non-citizens. As a result, there are many occasions when a non-citizen may be the beneficiary of the estate of a U.S. citizen, for example, if the non-citizen immigrant married a U.S. citizen….

The internet offers all the information and tools we need at our fingertips to create our own estate plan, right? For most people, this is simply not true. Several years ago, Consumer Reports®, an independent nonprofit consumer watchdog group, created wills using the forms provided by DIY websites and asked three law professors to review…

ABOUT WEEKS LAW FIRM Plano estate planning, probate, guardianship and special needs planning firm is looking for an experienced legal assistant.  This is an ideal opportunity for the unique person who possesses both top notch legal skills and the ability to provide caring, compassionate service to our clients.   Essential Job Responsibilities: Establish a professional,…

 Women Empowered to LEAD We, at the Weeks Law Firm, are thrilled that Chris was selected to join the 2020 class of Dallas Bar Associations WE LEAD professional development program. This prestigious leadership program addresses the challenges of high-performing women who have practiced law for 8 to 15 years. The program’s purpose is to address…

2020 Census starts this March and YOU COUNT! Every 10 years a census is conducted to count every person in the United States. Currently cities around North Texas are working to get the word out and promote “complete counts.” Why is a complete count important? Because, census data helps advocates, community leaders, and elected officials address…

Attorneys Tresi Weeks and Chris Krupa Downs of The Weeks Law Firm, PLLC spent a few hours with a dynamic group of UNT Law Students filming a video for its Accessible Law platform discussing probate and special needs.

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act). The SECURE Act, which is effective January 1, 2020, has several positive changes: It increases the required beginning date (RBD) for required minimum distributions (RMDs) from individual retirement accounts from 70 ½ to 72 years of age,…

 

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