Lawyer pleads guilty to stealing from veterans’ estates

Posted on September 10th, 2012 No Comments

A Houston attorney has plead guilty to conspiring with his wife to steal money from the veterans whose legal matters and accounts he was managing.

The lawyer,73-year old Joe B. Phillips, plead guilty to two of the 21 charges he is facing, admitting to stealing more than $1.36 million from the accounts he managed. The money went into a joint account that he shared with his wife, who admitted to having a gambling problem.

Phillips hid the money he stole in various dummy bank accounts and even forged an income tax return to keep his deeds secret.

If you are searching for an estate attorney you can trust, contact the estate planning lawyers of Garg and Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

Challenges faced by modern estates

Posted on July 5th, 2012 No Comments

When planning your estate, it is important to be prepared for any circumstances that may arise. Many people overlook what will happen to certain assets when they pass away, leaving their survivors bewildered.

For starters, people have begun doing more of their finances online. Sharing the account information in your will can allow your beneficiaries to access these funds in the event of your passing. At the same time, pets are becoming increasingly popular. If your pet were to outlive you, it is a good idea to have a specific plan for it outlined in your estate.

Additionally, many people take care of their parents as they age. Including them in your plans can allow them to continue living comfortably should you come to an untimely end.

There are a lot of factors to consider when preparing your estate. Contact an experienced estate planning attorney from Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865 for planning for the unexpected.

George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution to be auctioned

Posted on June 15th, 2012 No Comments

George Washington’s personal copies of the Constitution and Bill of Rights are set to be auctioned on June 22 in New York.

The auction house in charge of the sale expects the items to go for $2 million to $3 million. This copy of the nation’s founding document was bound in a book in 1789. Two other copies were printed alongside it, one going to John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the other going to Thomas Jefferson.

This copy of the Constitution includes notes written in the margins by Washington himself as well as his signature on the inside.

The treasure is being sold from the estate of a man who died in 2007. If you need help with your estate, contact the estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C., at 281-362-2865.

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