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Create a will, other documents before traveling this summer

It is the time of year when many people in Texas are planning a vacation. While they consider destinations, lodging and entertainment, the importance of having a will and other estate planning documents may be far from their mind. However, some professionals advise that creating these documents could provide vacationers with peace of mind as they travel.

When traveling on roadways or in planes, a person could face additional risks. Also, while on vacation some people may tend to seek activities that could be more risky than their everyday activities. As a result, having estate planning documents up to date can ensure that a person's wishes are known in the event of an unexpected accident or illness. For example, having a will can help a person designate how one's assets will be distributed and who will serve as guardian of his or her children. A will could be especially important in cases of blended families as step-children, even those who a person raised from the time they were little, are likely not identified as heirs unless specified in a will.

Estate planning is not only about planning for death. Certain provisions, such as a medical power of attorney, can name someone to make medical decisions in the event of incapacitation. Additionally, a durable power of attorney names someone to make financial decisions.

When creating travel plans, there are hundreds of decisions that a person must make. By creating the appropriate estate planning documents, including a will, a person can be assured that if he or she does fall victim to an accident, his or wishes are known. An experienced attorney can help those in Texas put together an appropriate plan, ensuring that no detail is overlooked.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Before You Travel This Summer, Don't Forget These 5 Estate Planning Must Dos", Steve Cook, May 26, 2016

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