Tax Problems of Actor James Gandolfini’s Heirs Illustrate Need for Estate Planning

Why go to the trouble of estate planning? The recent death of Soprano’s actor James Gandolfini illustrates the need for careful, individual estate planning.  The actor had a large estate, and he had a will.  But sometimes a will just isn’t enough! In this case, the will WAS enough to…

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Help for Senior Citizens in Avoiding Scams

Scammers and con artists are always updating their knowledge and refining their game. Senior citizens are especially vulnerable and some scammers “specialize” in targeting this particular group. Fraudulent letters, emails, and phone calls are getting more and more sophisticated.  Recently, the Texas Office of Attorney General (“OAG”) issued an alert…

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What Everyone Should Know About Texas Wills and Estate Planning

What’s the first thing that you think of when someone asks you why you should have a will or estate plan in place?    “To protect my family”, someone might answer.  “To name a guardian for my child,” someone else might say.   Someone else might answer, “My attorney helped me with a combination business…

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Basic Facts About Adult Adoption in Texas

Adoption of an adult can be a fairly straightforward process.   The adoptee’s biological parents do not need to be notified of the adoption and are not entitled to have a voice in the proceedings.   There are many reasons to proceed with a formal adoption, even after the “child” reaches adulthood.  The…

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