During the COVID-19 epidemic, most law firms are protecting their clients and staff by not conducting signings of wills and other legal documents in their office in the usual manner.  Some clients are wanting to execute their documents right away.  How can these documents be signed when the law office is closed? Digital Signatures Many…

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Weeks Law Firm is still open to serve you. We are working remotely but in full operational capacity.  We are conducting initial consultations via phone or Zoom videoconferencing. Our fabulous legal assistant, Mikey Barshop, is answering our phones, scheduling appointments and forwarding to us anything that needs our attention.  Both attorneys,…

How to Build Freedom From Court Interference Into Your Estate Plan If you feel that the matters of your estate should be kept private and that your assets should be used for your care during your lifetime and then distributed to your loved ones rather than eroded by court fees, you’re not alone. And luckily,…

Post-Election Legal Update: Tax Reform Snapshot As the dust appears to be finally settling on the 2016 Presidential Election, the legal world is steadying itself for the likely changes headed our way as Republican President-Elect Donald Trump prepares to take office in January with a Republican controlled House and Senate.  High on the list of…

A Tale of Two Clients: A Cautionary Tale about the Importance of Estate Planning In my experience, establishing an estate plan is often described by clients as that elusive task that’s been on their to-do list for too long – until, that is, some external catalyst prompted them to action.  There are a multitude of…

In “Gift Tax Exclusion 101, Part I”, we covered the basics of the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion’s general rule and the exceptions.  In Part II, we’ll discuss the implications of excess (or taxable) gifting for the Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption and the Personal Estate Tax Exemption; each is set at 5.45 million for 2016. To…

As estate planning attorneys, we feel it is our responsibility to make clients and readers aware of the “beneficiary’s burden” regarding insurance policy pay-outs. The state of Minnesota recently went to bat for its citizens when it was revealed that insurance carriers were not paying the beneficiaries of life insurance policies where a claim had…

With the unusually chilly May weather we’ve been having lately, I can hardly believe it – but summer is almost here!  For many of us, that means we’re going to be scrambling to plan our summer travels for family reunions and vacations.  Some of you are super-on-the-ball and you finished plans weeks ago…what’s your secret? …

Did you know that six of the 13 fastest growing cities in the nation are in Texas – and when you move, you need the best estate planning in Frisco? If you are used to fighting rush hour traffic during your work commute, you might not be surprised by that statistic; the growth DFW is…

The death of legendary musician Prince on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57 rocked the world of 80’s music fans.  His music will endure, but what about his real legacy?  According to court filings in Minnesota, no will has been located.  What happens if Prince died without a will or trust?   Who…

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