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Kids Emergency Planning

Did you know that 69% of parents have not yet named guardians for their kids?

And of the 31% who have, most have made one of 6 common mistakes? Click this link to review the 6 common mistakes most parents (and their lawyers!) make when naming legal guardians and then Schedule a Love & Legacy Planning Session with us today, so we can fix those mistakes with you.

Having a Will Alone Simply Does Not Ensure the Care of Your Kids If the Unthinkable Happens to You!

If you are a parent of minor children (or those with special needs) who are counting on you, your estate plan must begin with your children would always be taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what happens.

At Bromlow Law, PLLC, one of our areas of greatest expertise is planning for the well-being and care of the children you love.

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Without proper planning, if the unthinkable happens to you, here’s what could happen:

  • Your children could be placed into Child Protective Services (CPS) even if you have a will in place; even if you have a living trust while your legal documents or located or your family is identified. Or worse, your kids could be left in the care of the one person in your family you would never want raising them;
  • A Judge who doesn’t know you, or your family, will decide who will raise your kids, even if it’s the last person you would ever want;
  • Approximately 5% of the total value of your assets could be lost due to probate, a court process that can tie up your assets for months or years and deprive your kids of the resources they need to live comfortably;
  • When your kids turn 18, they get a check for whatever assets are left – outright with no protection
  • There are unscrupulous people who make it their business to review public records to find out what 18 year olds are coming into money;
  • The vast majority of estate planning attorneys simply do not address these issues, and do not plan from a parent’s perspective.

Yes, these things scare us too. That’s why we offer a Kids Emergency Plan® with every estate plan we prepare for families with young children.

What is a Kids Emergency Plan®?

A Kids Emergency Plan® is a set of instructions, legal documents and even an ID card for your wallet, which you need to have if you have kids at home who count on you for their well-being and care.

If you are in an accident, your Kids Emergency Plan® will make sure your children are never taken into the custody of Child Protective Services, strangers or the care of anyone you wouldn’t want because the authorities don't have clear instructions from you. And your Kids Emergency Plan® will ensure your children are raised by people you choose, not someone chosen by a Judge who doesn’t know you.

To get started with your Kids Emergency Plan®, contact us.

In 10 minutes, this FREE website will help you protect your kids if something unthinkable happens to you prior to creating your formal estate plan. This of it as the first step to ensuring your kids are raised by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what.

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Estate Planning

Elder Law

Laura L. Bromlow is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. So, whether for yourself or your aging parents, at Bromlow Law, PLLC, we can help you plan for the financial, medical, and legal challenges that come with growing older. Our Texas and California elder law attorney can help you develop a comprehensive plan to ensure your wishes and preferences are honored in the future, along with protecting you and your assets if you become incapacitated and require assisted-living or nursing-home care.

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Asset Protection Planning

Nobody expects to be sued. Just ask the 20 million people involved in lawsuits last year.

Divorce, inheritance, health issues, creditors, employees, theft, changing markets, malpractice suits, sexual harassment claims, natural disasters and disgruntled business partners are just a few issues that can result in devastating lawsuits for unprepared business owners. The highest level of risk falls on those who think they are immune.

Americans are now more concerned than ever about protecting their assets from creditor claims, taxes, divorce and other disasters. Rightly so.

The more success you have (especially in business, professional practice or real estate activities), the more at risk you are as others see your success grow.

Conservatorship/
Adult Guardianship

Whether through illness, injury, or mental decline, anyone can require a guardian (known as a conservator in California) to care for them if they become mentally or physically incapacitated. Unless the person has the proper estate planning in place that names a guardian, however, guardianship must be established through county probate court. At Bromlow Law, PLLC, we can guide you through this often complex and emotional process.

Special Needs Planning

Estate planning for a family with special needs children comes with a complex set of financial, social, and medical issues that some lawyers are ill-equipped to handle. But the experienced special needs planning attorneys with Bromlow Law, PLLC are dedicated to ensuring your child with special needs will be well taken care of when you’re no longer able to serve as the primary caregiver.

We offer a variety of estate planning tools and strategies designed to accommodate the unique circumstances presented by children with special needs and their families in Texas.  We can help you pass on the financial assets needed for your child to live a rich quality of life without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits. We’ll also assist you in finding and appointing a trusted guardian and/or trustee to look after them in the event of your death or incapacity. And we’ll help with locating the best residential opportunities—as well as the means to pay for them.

Estate Tax Protection

You work your entire life to save and have enough money to comfortably retire—and ideally leave something for your loved ones when you pass away. During your life, you pay all kinds of taxes: income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, and so on. And at the end, the government even wants to tax you on the assets you have left at your death.

This is known as the estate tax, sometimes called the inheritance tax or death tax. The best way to protect your assets and your family’s future from excessive taxation is to hire an attorney who specializes in estate tax planning. Our experience estate tax planning lawyer can help you reduce—if not entirely avoid—the federal estate tax burden.

Probate

Trust & Estate Administration

Trust & Estate Administration or Probate After the Death of a Loved One

When a loved one dies it can be a confusing time in which you are in immense grief while also needing to make sure you handle all the technical details of locating assets, paying bills and making sure your loved one’s assets get to the right people, without conflict.  We are here to help.

Whether your loved one created a trust to hold their assets, or did not, he or she did have assets (called the estate of the deceased) that must be handled with careful attention and it’s critical that you work with a Lawyer for Life® who can help you to do the right thing, minimize conflict and ensure the smoothest possible transition of assets.

When someone creates a trust as part of their estate plan, they must name a trustee to ensure the trust’s terms are handled properly. These individuals must carry out all of the trust’s instructions, and they’re legally responsible for doing so within the scope of federal and state law. Such duties are known as trust administration.

Serving in this capacity entails a huge level of responsibility and liability. What’s more, most people named as trustee will have limited, if any, background or experience in the legal and financial duties that come with administering a trust. In this case, Bromlow Law, PLLC can work with the trustee to ensure the trust is administered properly and all legal requirements are satisfied.

If there is not a trust or if not all assets have been properly titled in the name of a trust that was created, we can help your family through the process of estate administration, usually requiring a court process, called probate. If you are a beneficiary of an estate, or an executor or trustee, contact us for support in handling the transition of your loved ones assets as easily as possible.