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The importance of organizing an estate

Texas residents who are creating an estate plan should make sure their affairs organized. There is a physical and a financial component to this.

Often, family members are left to sort through an enormous number of belongings after losing a loved one. There might be valuables among these belongings, so they may feel obligated to go through everything carefully while they are still grieving. People can begin streamlining their possessions over a long period of time so the family is not burdened by this task.

Three reasons to create a special needs trust for your child

Many people believe that a will is the best way to provide for their loved ones once they’re gone. While a will offers many important benefits in establishing an asset management plan after death, there are some circumstances under which a trust is a better option for your loved ones.

If you have a loved one with special needs, setting up a special needs trust can offer huge advantages over setting up direct inheritance. This type of trust is specifically designed with the needs of a special needs beneficiary in mind. Below are three core benefits of an SNT.

3 reasons to make an estate plan

It seems like a good portion of our lives are spent planning for the future. In high school, you planned for college. In college, you planned for your career. At some point, you probably started planning to have a family, then for retirement. In the midst of all this planning, it is important to not forget to plan for what happens to your estate when you die.

There are wide variety of reasons for estate planning. Here are three examples:

Understanding military disability and post traumatic stress

Most people who sign up to serve in the armed services understand that there is some risk involved. Any time someone works in an active conflict zone, there's risk for loss of limb or life. Even those who make it home whole in body may struggle with serious mental health issues following their discharge.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that affects a broad range of military personnel. From those who serve in conflict zones to those who provide medical support, the demands of the job can cause symptoms and issues that can persist for life. In many cases, PTSD will have a long-term or permanent impact on someone's ability to retain a civilian job in the future.

Rick Rousseau Interviewed by Channel 2 News Houston Regarding Shooter's Military Criminal History

Rick Rousseau was interviewed regarding the military criminal history of the gunman who killed 26 people at a Texas church.  To view the television video, click here.

Criss & Rousseau Law Firm Nominated Best Law Firm for's 2017 Best of the Island Awards

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Selecting an Executor in Your Will

Deciding on the executor is perhaps the most important decision in preparing a will. The executor is in effect the business administrator of your estate and has responsibility as well as legal and financial liability to beneficiaries and creditors of your estate. The named executors are responsible for settling the estate. When an executor settles an estate, the executor will hold assets until distribution, pay for funeral expenses and various debts, pay applicable taxes, and finally make sure that assets of the estate are distributed in accordance with the will. In choosing an executor, make sure he/she has the integrity to serve, knowledge of financial matters, a basic understanding of taxes, impartiality, and the availability for the time consuming job of being an executor of the estate. If you need assistance with the preparation of a will or any estate planning documents, contact the Criss & Rousseau Law Firm at 254-699-9999 or 409-515-6176, or [email protected].

Essential Planning Documents For Children As They Head to College

Until a child reaches the age of 18, a parent can access their children's medical records and to make decisions regarding medical care and treatment. Likewise, the financial affairs of children under 18 are in reality the financial affairs of the parent. When a child turns 18, they are an adult and legally entitled to their own privacy and legal right to make their own decisions regarding their finances, educational and medical information. In order to plan for the unexpected regarding your children when they become adults, it is important to consider planning documents to assist your children.  At least three important documents should be considered for your children when they turn 18:

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