Probate

What Should You Do After Death of a Spouse?

What Should You Do After Death of a Spouse?

Losing a spouse is one of the most difficult experiences you may encounter. In addition to the emotional pain and sorrow, legal and financial decisions must also be made. If you or someone you know is experiencing the loss of a spouse, please assure them that they should first take…

Primary Duty of Executor Involves Locating Heirs

Primary Duty of Executor Involves Locating Heirs

One of the most important duties of an executor serving under a decedent’s Last Will and Testament is to locate the beneficiaries named in the Will. The Executor must locate the beneficiaries, notify them of their beneficiary status under the Will, and ultimately, ensure that the correct assets have been…

Take the Stress out of Estate Planning

Take the Stress out of Estate Planning

For many clients, thinking about estate planning is about as enjoyable as scheduling a root canal. Thinking about death and making decisions in the event of later incapacity is difficult, stressful and often a process that many put off.  On the other hand, making a decision to create an estate…

Fall is Time for Estate Planning

Fall is Time for Estate Planning

Our long, hot summer is now over and while we look ahead to the holidays,  it is a good time to think about your future and, if you have children, their future. Do you have a Will? Does your Will reflect your current family situation? Have you already planned for the…

Legal Incapacity Documents Defined

Most clients know that they need a Power of Attorney in the event that they become incapacitated, but many do not know what other documents they need.  Still others are not aware that these documents are only effective during their lifetimes– when you die, these documents do as well.  Every…

Trusts vs Wills, which do you need?

Trusts vs Wills, which do you need?

You may have heard that trusts are better than wills, or vice versa. Both estate planning tools are used to distribute assets and property, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Some of the differences between Wills and Trusts are highlighted below: Privacy: Once filed with the county probate court, a Will becomes…

What happens if I die without a will in Texas

Intestate succession is the process by which the assets are distributed for someone who died (decedent) without a Will.  In Texas, that process is governed by the Texas Estate Code. Judge Herman of the Travis County Probate Court created an Intestate Chart that helps to illustrate this discussion. Unmarried Person:  Property owned at death would first pass…