Upscale Plano Living in Legacy Village Apartments

Looking for a new apartment home? If you’re in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex, there are thousands of apartments to choose from. For most renters, it’s all about location, location, location. Legacy Village offers upscale living, plenty of restaurants and shopping venues for residents.

Legacy Village is a neighborhood located within of Plano, Texas. Due to the fact that Legacy Village is cozily nestled into the center of the thriving suburb of Dallas, residents of the area benefit from convenient access to Dallas Central Business District as well as other common areas of employment such as Telecom Corridor. Another major advantage that residents living in Legacy Village apartments have is the close proximity to chic boutiques and other shopping centers and malls, a plethora of restaurants, and various cultural and recreational venues to entertain. For renters that want to be able to enjoy all that a large city has to offer, without the many hassles and inconveniences of a large city, the Legacy Village area is the perfect place to call home.

One of the most important things to consider when looking for an apartment is location. The average leasing terms for an apartment is one year. Since a renter will live in their chose apartment community for a while, making sure you’re happy with the location is important. Some of the questions that the prospective lessee should consider are: Is the area safe? Will there be any problems with excessive noise due to proximity to freeways or rail stations? Is my apartment community easy to get into or out of? Is it located within close proximity to my job or school? These are a few of the factors that will have renters decide on the location that will work best for their needs.

Soon-to-be renters that have narrowed their hunt for their next apartment home down to the apartments in Plano will then need to decide on the property that meets their needs. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a resource that allows renters to get all the information they need to make a decision. Apartment locating firms allow apartment searchers to register online to immediately access the most lists of area apartments. Additionally, a licensed real estate broker will personally assist the renter with their search for their next apartment home. The assistance provided by an apartment locator saves the renter both time and hassle during their search for an apartment.

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Leaving a Legacy to Your Community Through Charitable Giving

Many people feel compelled to give back to their community. After all, what better way is there to leave your legacy than by helping others? A plan of charitable giving is the action behind the words of your Legacy Statement.

There are causes near and dear to each of our hearts that we have a desire to support. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to set up a charitable plan. Even more unfortunate, many don’t believe they have the resources to contribute to charity.

There are many different ways to set up a charitable program. No matter what the size of your estate, you can create a vehicle that will allow you to give to the cause of your choice, on your terms, for generations to come. Even smaller estates can create a charitable legacy that will positively impact lives. Did you know that you can reduce and eliminate estate taxes through charitable giving? That it’s possible to give a large portion of your estate to charity and still have your heirs receive a larger inheritance than if you had not given?

If you have a large estate, you are going to be a philanthropist whether you plan for it or not. If you make no charitable plan of your own, your default charity will be the United States Treasury.

Estate taxes are levied at the federal and state levels and confiscate a significant percentage of all estates that exceed the maximum estate tax credit. Some high net worth individuals have engaged in estate planning to be able to pass the maximum amount allowed by law to their heirs. But in a lot of cases, part of the estate is still subject to estate taxes. For these taxpayers, their legacy is contributing to the programs and operations of the government.

Think about it. Do you believe the government is doing a good job of applying our tax money? Or do you think you can make better decisions on how that money is used?

What a lot of people don’t know is that their charity doesn’t have to be the government. You can control that part of your estate that is earmarked to go to the government in the form of estate taxes. How much of an impact do you think your estate tax contribution will make to society? And what will it support? Will it be a program or cause that you feel strongly about, or will it be used in a way that does not represent your values? Remember, sharing your legacy is about passing on your values.

Fortunately, the government has provided us with certain credits and deductions to apply against our estate tax liability. The most powerful of these is the charitable deduction. Any portion of your estate that you contribute to a qualified charity is not counted as a portion of your estate that is subject to estate taxation. In addition, charitable contributions provide deductions that will reduce your income tax liability. In fact, the charitable deduction can be used to actually increase the size of your estate, so that your heirs can receive a larger inheritance than they would have without the charitable contribution.

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The Beatles Legacy

How do you explain the continuing popularity of the Beatles, a pop group that broke up officially in 1970? The Beatles break up was marked with rancor and resentment between McCartney and Lennon. Lawsuits were filed and legal matters dragged out for years, during which time the principles hardly communicated. Harrison recorded all those songs unappreciated by the Lennon/McCartney juggernaut on the double album “All Things Must Pass.” And even though McCartney and even Ringo Starr have had viable post Beatle careers, the parts are less than the whole, especially those who remember the Beatlemania of the 1960s.

This sour end to the most popular music group of all time has not cooled the ardor of their fans. Each CD re-incarnation of the vinyl album sells in the millions. The Beatles Anthology, a complete and pricey retrospective set of their entire career, became a run-away best seller in the mid 1990s and again in its 2003 DVD release. The Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” Las Vegas show is the ticket of the year and is garnering rave reviews. And Beatle fanatics continue to make pilgrimages to iconic Liverpool and London locations to experience the landmarks in the Beatles history.

So what is going on here? Besides Elvis Presley, it’s hard to think of any other non-current artist or group that still commands attention and record sales like the Beatles. It’s no stretch to say that, as a group, the Beatles penned more quality tunes than any other pop/rock musical group or artist. The sweep of their material, from the charming “From Me To You” to the personal pleas of “Help,” to rave ups like “Helter Skelter” is unrivaled in modern popdom. It was the Beatles who established the long playing album as an artistic medium that showcased interesting songs and compelling performances with no discernible duplication or flagging of inspiration through almost 10 years.

Before the Beatles, albums were afterthoughts to the radio hit, with one or two hits filled out with lesser formula tunes. Even King Elvis suffered from this syndrome with his movie soundtrack albums. Blame manager Tom Parker who foisted on Elvis mostly forgettable tunes cranked out by composers willing to sell their songs cheap to the Colonel’s in-house publishing company. But most albums of the day were of this ilk, a hit tune or movie title song surrounded by often forgettable dross.

The Beatles were lucky to hook up with George Martin, a creative and sympathetic producer and musician. Up until the Beatles, most artists had little control over their product, deferring that role to experienced producers and A&R men. Martin familiarized the Beatles with the techniques of studio work and frequently suggested song arrangements. But even he at an early date realized the rare and extraordinary song writing talent that Lennon/McCartney were developing song by song. And it continued and matured through each and every album.

People forget how rare it was in 1962 for a music combo to write, sing and play its own compositions. The pop music model had been Elvis-inspired singers named Bobby and Tommy who plied mostly forgettable songs to sighing teenagers. The Beatles changed all that in something resembling a revolution. Suddenly, four or five piece combos were “in” and record executives expected musical proficiency and hit song writing all wrapped into one package. Music stores began selling electric guitars and amplifiers by the boatload. Beatlemania was born.

The Beatles raised the bar for other to follow. The so-called “British Invasion” consisting of groups like Herman’s Hermits, the Zombies and the Dave Clark Five who offered energetic songs filled with memorable melodic hooks.

Go to any Paul McCartney or Ringo concert and you’ll see fans of all generations, not just aging baby boomers. Many of these fans continue to gather at annual Beatle fests in America and Liverpool to pay homage to their favorite band. This is the most powerful testament to the enduring legacy of the Beatles. As the magical melodies travel from generation to generation, as more CDs and DVDs are bought and enjoyed, you can be assured that the Beatles will remain as relevant today as they were in those halcyon days of 1963-1970.

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