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Do I Need a Texas Trust?

Establishing a trust can be useful estate planning tool that can provide great relief to your family in the time of incapacity or death. In this class, Attorney Whitney R. Thomas will discuss the basic concepts of Texas Trusts and why it may be a beneficial part of your estate plan. Course topics include defining what a trust is, types of Texas trusts, trust vs. other estate planning options, parts of a trust, benefits of a trust and hiring an attorney.

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Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning and Last Will

Between 50-75% of Texans don't have a will, but do you need one? The answer is a resounding yes. Come learn why wills and trusts are not just for the rich and wealthy. Attorney Amanda Skeen will explain the legal strategies available to protect your assets while you’re alive and provide for your loved ones at death. You can’t afford to wait!

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Federal Civil Service Benefits

Do you have questions about your benefits as a Federal Civil Servant, but no one to talk to in order to get answers? This course educates civil servants on the intricacies of their benefits and how they change. The class covers both CSRS and FERS Pensions, Survivor Spouse Benefits, Minimum Retirement Age, Military Redeposit, Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Social Security and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Answers to your questions and more will be provided. It’s never too early to be prepared and spouses are encouraged to attend. Instructor is Don Lindberg, a Benefits Advisor for federal civil servants.

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Home at Last: Buying a Home in 2018

Education is the key to homeownership! Join Beth Ann Falcon and Bobbi Greenman to learn about the current real estate market. You will get the lowdown on the pre-approval process, financing, credit repair, inspections, warranty, title and much more. With real experts in the business such as a senior loan advisor, licensed real estate agent, credit repair specialist and home inspector available to answer any of your questions, you will be sure to leave with the knowledge you need to buy a home in 2018. Couples may attend together for one registration fee. Upon completion of your online registration, please call (210) 407-0140, option 3 to enroll your spouse for free.

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Optimizing Your Social Security Benefits

Social Security can be confusing and knowing when to take your benefits is not easy. Should you take them as soon as you are eligible or wait until your benefits are higher? There are strategies for couples that can enhance their benefits for both, plus provide tax savings. People who are widowed or divorced also need to know what is available. This two-part class will provide you with strategies as well as avenues to enhance your benefits. Susan Blumhorst is the managing member of Senior Path Specialists, so come get the right information from the expert! No discount.

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Probate in Texas: Handling Property When a Loved One Passes

Handling property matters when a loved one passes away can be a stressful and confusing endeavor. In this class, Attorney Whitney R. Thomas will discuss the various after-death legal proceedings in Texas and why it is important to take legal action when a loved one dies. Course topics include learning what a probate is, testate vs. intestate, testate proceedings, intestate proceedings, alternatives to Texas probate and hiring an attorney.

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Secrets of Saving Money on a Funeral

A funeral can cost as much or more than a wedding. Learn how to shop smart for a funeral by knowing the laws, rules and regulations binding the funeral industry as well as your consumer rights. Find out the right questions to ask, ranging from providing your own casket to comparing cremation costs. You will be amazed at what you can save. Rev. Bill Bischoff, a retired Air Force Chaplain, will provide a light supper for this informative session. No discount.

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