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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...

Affording a Second Child: How to Make Your Budget Work

Budgeting, Family Finance, San Antonio
Having kids is anything but cheap. According to the USDA, families can expect to spend an average of $233,610 raising a child born in 2015 through age 17—and that’s not including the cost of college. The cost of raising a child has also increased since your parents were budgeting for kids. Between 2000 and 2010, for example, the cost of having children increased by 40 percent. If you’ve had your first child, you understand—from diapers to day care to future extracurricular activities, you know how it all adds up. You’ve already learned how to adjust your budget for baby number one. How hard can it be repeating the process a second time? While you may feel like a parenting pro, overlooking tips to prepare financially for a second child could be bad news for your bank a...

Guide to Managing Finances for Deploying Service Members

San Antonio
Life in the military offers some distinct experiences compared to civilian life, and that includes your budget and finances. The pre-deployment process can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re organizing your money and bills.  It’s important you provide your family with everything they need to keep you and any dependents comfortable and stable. This means gathering paperwork, making phone calls to service providers, creating new budgets, and organizing your estate. The more you prepare ahead of time, the less you have to worry about the state of your investments and finances when you return home.  To help make the process easier, we’ve gathered everything you need to know for deployment finances. Read on or jump to a specific category below: Pre-Deployment Needs Review Your E...

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...

Why You Should Not Buy a Credit Privacy Number (CPN)

Credit Cards, Credit Repair, Home Loans
If you’re looking to repair your credit, you may have come across websites that advertise a credit privacy number, credit protection number or CPN. These numbers are nine digits like a Social Security number (SSN), and sellers claim that you can use them instead of your SSN. However, these CPNs are often actual SSNs lifted from real people, reportedly children, prison inmates and the deceased – and you can never legally buy a new SSN. In other words, a CPN is no solution to your credit rating problem. Under no circumstances should you try to buy a CPN. Why a CPN is No Credit Fix Websites have sprung up all over the internet, offering CPNs to people with bad credit or low credit scores. They advertise that this number can serve as a “get out of jail free” card for your bad credit. ...

National Get Smart About Credit Day

Home Loans By State
Depending on the time period in which you were raised, many young children and adolescents had differing opinions (and ideals) about what credit was and how it should or shouldn’t be utilized. While some were privileged enough to understand the complexities and importance of credit, others had to learn at the expense of their own mistakes along the way. No matter where you were or where you are currently, luckily there are always actionable steps that can be taken to clean up, improve, and get smart about your credit – let’s explore.  Become familiar with what can impact your credit  There are five key components that are factored into your credit score.  Payment history  Your ability to make timely payments plays a huge role in your credit score. Lenders want to have the confide...