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October 2013 Archives

Houston same-sex couples get IRS recognition despite state's law

Same-sex couples in Houston and around the country wondered if they would get a break on gift and estate taxes paid when property was passed from one spouse to the other after the U.S. Supreme Court's declaration that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. Gay couples doing their estate planning found that another ruling from the high court could be required before the Internal Revenue Service could be forced to alter the statute of limitations regarding amended tax returns, according to Bloomberg.

Wills and estate planning

Estate planning is important for people in Texas and elsewhere as a way of providing for the protection and eventual disposition of their assets. One of the simplest estate planning tools is a will. A few basic facts about wills can help one understand their need and purpose.

Estate planning and pets

Pets are often loved and cared for like family members but are often left out of the planning process when older adults in Texas and elsewhere decide who will inherit their assets upon their death. These animals are too often left to fend for themselves if there is no plan for their care.

Where to store estate planning documents

Texas residents who have established estate planning documents such as a will, trusts or power of attorney should be sure that these documents are easy to find and accessible. Even if someone has a complete set of estate planning documents, it will do their friends and family little good if they cannot locate or access them. However, unlike many other important documents, wills should not be copied. There should only be one copy of a will, which is the original, because duplicates can lead to problems. If there is a copy, it is recommended that the testator, or the person who's will it is, write the location of the original on the copied document.

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