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Local attorney gives overview of legal issues important to women

 

Taking the podium, she took out a tube of lipstick, twisting the red moist emollients from the tube and with precise strokes rolled the color across her lips. Speaking to the approximate 60 women attending the first meeting of the season of Women's League of San Jacinto County, Amanda Trapp, with glossy red lips said, "We're going to talk about good common sense legal issues important to women." Trapp, an attorney with a law firm in The Woodlands, said, "Marriage is very much a part of society so it's important to know about Texas community property. Separate property items are specific types that you own and brought to the marriage. Those are yours alone." She encouraged the women to protect their assets with estate planning, remembering that insurance is part of your assets. "If your estate is over $5 million, see an estate attorney so it doesn't go to taxes," Trapp said. Concerning bank accounts, Trapp encouraged the women to make sure their signature cards are signed and their checking and savings accounts are "paid on death accounts" so that family members will have access to them. "Be sure to update the beneficiaries of your life insurance policies," she said. "Have a back-up plan in the event that the person you have named as the executor of your will cannot do it," Trapp said. Speaking of wills, Trapp said, "Make sure those who sign your will as witnesses are younger than you." Changing the subject to voting, Trapp said, "Read my lipstick – vote early and vote often." She encouraged the women to check their name on their voter's registration with the name on their photo identification. "The names on each must match," she said. The next meeting of Women's League of San Jacinto County will be held Oct. 10, at the Coldspring Community Center. Members and their guests should arrive at the center between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Lunch ($15 per person) will be served at noon. The October program is entitled "Archaeology and History of the Robinson-West River Plantation" and will be presented by plantation owner Bill West. Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting and/or join the Women's League of San Jacinto County. Membership dues are $15 per year. For more information call Women's League President Katy Smith at 653-5556.

 

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