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Monday, March 10, 2014

Article on Estate Planning for Mexican Immigrants


Reid Hudgins (2014 J.D. Candidate, Texas Tech University School of Law) recently published an article entitled, A New Immigration Demographic: Considerations for the Texas Attorney, 6 Est. Plan. & Cmty. Prop. L.J. 105 (Fall 2013).  Provided below is the introduction to the article:

The border separating the United States and Mexico “is the most frequently crossed . . . border in the world.”  In fact, approximately 350 million people legally cross this international border each year.  Historically, many of the Mexican immigrants who made their way into the United States were relatively undereducated and entered low-skilled jobs.  Recently, however, immigration of wealthy Mexicans into the United States and Texas has greatly increased, as they attempt to escape drug cartel violence.  This new pattern of immigration not only represents a significant shift from one social demographic of Mexican immigrants to another, but it also results in an entirely new set of side effects and consequences for both Mexico and Texas, different than those historically and traditionally felt by these jurisdictions.  This article focuses on the effect that this new immigration pattern will have on estate planning attorneys in Texas, as well as the consequences that accompany it.


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