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Estate Planning

What Is a Nuncupative Will?

Estate Planning, Houston
Making a last will and testament is an important part of your estate plan and there are different types of wills to choose from. A nuncupative will, meaning a will that’s oral rather than written, may be an option in certain circumstances. While state will laws typically require that a will be written, signed and witnessed to be considered legal, there are scenarios in which an oral will could be upheld as valid. Understanding how a nuncupative will works, as well as the pros and cons, can help with shaping your will-making plans if you have yet to create one. A financial professional can offer advice on investing, retirement planning, financial planning and various other areas of finance. Find a financial advisor today.  Nuncupative Will, Defined A nuncupative will simpl...

An Alternative to Paying Mortgage Points

Credit Card News, Estate Planning, Mortgage Rates, Mortgage Tips, Refinance
If and when you take out a mortgage, you’ll be faced with an important choice. To pay or not pay mortgage points. In short, those who pay points should hypothetically secure a lower interest rate than those who do not pay points, all else being equal. That’s because mortgage points, at least the ones that [&hellip The post An Alternative to Paying Mortgage Points first appeared on The Truth About Mortgage.Source: thetruthaboutmortgage.com

Fiduciary Bonds: Definition, Types, Costs

Estate Planning, Houston
A fiduciary bond, otherwise known as a probate bond, is a protective court bond that ensures a fiduciary will honor the expectations placed on them according to the law. The fiduciary bond upholds the interests and protection of the estate or trust owner. To understand who needs a fiduciary bond, how it works and the costs involved, here’s what you need to know. What Is a Fiduciary Bond? Fiduciary bonds are legal instruments that act as insurance to protect heirs, beneficiaries or other creditors when a fiduciary commits acts of fraud, embezzlement or other forms of dishonesty. To prevent damage, as a result, the court may require anyone with a fiduciary responsibility to another party to get a fiduciary bond. Generally speaking, a fiduciary is an individual responsible for safeguardin...

What Is a Streamline Refinance?

Credit Card News, Estate Planning, Mortgage Tips, Refinance
Mortgage Q&A: “What is a streamline refinance?” While qualifying for a mortgage refinance is generally a lot harder than it has been in the past (now that lenders actually care how your home loan performs), there are less cumbersome options available. In fact, many lenders offer “streamlined” alternatives to existing homeowners to lower costs and [&hellip The post What Is a Streamline Refinance? first appeared on The Truth About Mortgage.Source: thetruthaboutmortgage.com

Can I Inherit Debt?

Debt, Estate Planning, Houston
When someone passes away leaving debts behind, you might be wondering if you have any personal liability to pay them. If you have aging parents, for instance, you may be worried about having to assume responsibility for their mortgage payments, credit cards or other debts. If you’ve asked yourself, “Can I inherit debt?” the answer is typically no, even though those debts don’t automatically disappear. But there are situations in which you may have to deal with a loved one’s creditors after they’re gone. How Debts Are Handled When Someone Passes Away Debts, just like assets, are considered part of a person’s estate. When that person passes away, their estate is responsible for paying any and all remaining debts. The money to pay those debts comes from the asset side of the es...

If a Mortgage Lender Reaches Out to You, Reach Out to Other Lenders

Credit Card News, Estate Planning, Mortgage Tips, Refinance
A lot of homeowners are looking to refinance their mortgages at the moment. That’s abundantly clear based on the record volume of refis expected this year, per the MBA. And while mortgage rates are in record low territory, thus making the decision to refinance an easy one for most, it still pays to shop around. [&hellip The post If a Mortgage Lender Reaches Out to You, Reach Out to Other Lenders first appeared on The Truth About Mortgage.Source: thetruthaboutmortgage.com