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Author Archives: Kevan Benkowitz

Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families

Estate planning poses special challenges for a blended family — usually defined as a family unit in which one or both spouses have children from prior relationships. This merger of families often results from a second marriage after a divorce or death. Blended families can include stepmothers, stepfathers, stepchildren, step-siblings and half siblings. Estate planning […]

How to Include an Effective Dispute Resolution Clause in Your Contract

When it comes to contract disputes, most people think of going to court as the legal remedy. However, there are other available options that can be more cost-effective and time-efficient than litigation. One such option is alternative dispute resolution (ADR) — a shorthand term for a variety of methods that don’t involve a judge or […]

How to Prevent Your Texas Will from Being Challenged

When setting out to make your will, you may wonder how the beneficiaries and other interested parties will react to your instructions on distribution of money and other assets. The last thing you want is for the will to be contested, which can frustrate your very purpose in writing it. Fortunately, there are things that […]

Using Earn-outs to Structure Business Sales Agreements

Buying and selling businesses is an integral part of the economy. Placing a realistic value on a business is a material part of a buy-sell transaction. However, valuing a business — especially a closely held one — can be challenging. Buyers and sellers often have vastly different appraisals of the business’s value. Buyers are purchasing […]

Estate Planning for Children Turning 18

Young people rarely think about estate and personal disaster planning. However, those turning 18 years of age are adults. The parents no longer have inherent legal authority over the child. These youngest of adults are responsible for all of their own affairs. Therefore, even 18-year-olds should have a plan in case of serious medical emergency […]

Can You Bring an Emotional Distress Claim Related to COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not only potentially deadly, but can be transmitted by individuals who are not showing any symptoms, so people might fear that they’ve contracted the illness even if they feel fine. While the virus has existed in the United States for months, obtaining a test is still difficult in […]

Understanding How COVID-19 May Have Affected the Value of Your Estate

The economic and personal upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to warrant a review of your estate plan, no matter how thorough you think it is. As Americans cope with health fears and financial volatility, it’s worthwhile to determine whether a will, trust, advance medical directive or other legal instrument needs to be […]

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