Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Helen Grace Hunt (1949- ) and Swanee LaKelly Hunt (1950- ) – Philanthropists The Hunt sisters, daughters of Texas oil mogul H.L. Hunt, were born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Swanee Hunt has a BA...

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What Is the Cost When One Spouse Dies?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Estate Planning

  When a spouse dies, there are practical and legal considers that must be addressed amidst the grieving. The decedent’s estate must be probated, for example, and estate taxes paid, when applicable, to the federal...

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What Is a Letter of Instruction?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Estate Planning

An estate plan is made up of a number of legal documents that contain the instructions necessary to determine things such as the division of your estate assets after death or who will control those...

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

William Claude Dukenfield “W.C. Fields” (1880-1946) – Comedian W. C. Fields, was an American comedian, actor, juggler and writer. Fields was known for his comic persona as a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist, who remained a...

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Life Care Planning in Houston

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Long Term Care

As the population of Texas ages, life care planning in Houston is becoming an increasingly important service. The fact is that the majority of senior citizens will eventually need assistance with their day-to-day needs. Sometimes...

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Paul Tudor Jones II (1954- ) – Businessman Paul Tudor Jones is the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, which is the management company for his various private investment partnerships, also referred to as hedge funds....

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Famous Estates – Legacy Champ or Chump?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Hedda Hopper (1885-1966) – Gossip Columnists Hedda Hopper was one of America’s best-known gossip columnists. She had been a middling actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the...

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Should I Have an Advanced Directive?

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: Estate Planning

During the course of a lifetime, we make millions of decisions. Many of those decisions are relatively unimportant; however, some of them change the direction of our lives. We all take the ability to make...

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Erle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970) – Lawyer & Author Erle Gardner was an American lawyer and author of detective stories, like his best-selling Perry Mason series. He attended law school for approximately one month, then settled in California where he became a self-taught attorney and passed the state bar exam in 1911. He opened his own law office in Merced, California, then worked for five years for a sales agency. In 1921, he returned to the practice of law, creating the firm of Sheridan, Orr, Drapeau and Gardner in Ventura, California. Gardner later gave up the practice of law to devote full-time to writing. Even though Gardner gained popularity with his detective series, consider what happened to his estate. 35% Shrinkage of the Estate $1,795,092 Gross Estate $ 636,705 Total Settlement Cost $1,158,387 Final Estate Value Erle Gardner was a famous author, but even well-known authors an fail to properly plan. If you want to minimize your estate planning taxes and/or avoid the probate process, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.

/ By: Stephen A. Mendel, Estate Planning Attorney

Category: General

Philip Berber (1958- ) – Businessman & Philanthropist Philip Berber is an Irish millionaire and philanthropist. Berber attended University College Dublin and graduated with a Business Communication degree. In 1984, he set up a high-tech...

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