If you have a Last Will and Testament that was created before your child turned 18 years old, you may now want to consider updating it. Updating a will can be done by either 1) having a new will that takes the place of the old one; or 2) doing a "codicil" which is a specifically worded and witnessed legal document that attaches to the current will. Once your child is an adult, you can … [Read more...] about Should Your Adult Child Now be Named as Executor of Your Will?
It's natural to find it difficult to move on. Especially from something you thought would last. However hard it may be, we must find the strength to keep moving forward. Sometimes, things in our life are out of our control. Life will keep going regardless of this fact. If we choose to stay stagnant in a fast-paced world, we may find ourselves forever stuck in the past, specters haunting what we … [Read more...] about Moving On After a Traumatic Life Event
We here at the Kalish Law Office are well aware of the wonderful benefits of being bilingual. With a majority of the staff being both Spanish and English speakers, we cater to a wider variety of clients. In this globally connected era, it's important to be able to connect with different cultures for innovation and improvement. In this blog post, we will explain just a few of the many benefits of … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Being Bilingual
There are no easy cases really. Sure some cases are less complicated legally but there is always an emotional factor. Whether you are going through a divorce which seems simple or going to court for a probate matter in which a loved one died, you should be prepared to feel emotion over these life changing events. Change is hard, especially when you wish that the change had not happened. Even when … [Read more...] about When Emotions are Involved, there are no “Easy Cases”
I enjoy sharing information with our readers to help them navigate the confusing legal process. Harris County, Texas has some excellent information about probate on their "helpful guidelines" page . This information can help you understand what to look for in a will, how property passes in the State of Texas if the person doesn't have a Will, what to do if more than 4 years has passed since … [Read more...] about Probate Guidelines in Texas
When a loved one passes away, cleaning out the house can feel like an impossible task. Not only is it difficult to know what needs to be done in a practical sense but it is emotionally devastating. Keeping organized is key. There are legal, practical and humanitarian considerations. First of all, make sure that any pets are fed, watered and taken care of right away. This is primary. Secondly, … [Read more...] about How to Clean out and Care for a Home After Someone Passes
In order to transfer Texas title to a vehicle that was owned by a person who is now deceased, certain steps must be followed. First of all, it must be determined if there is a lien on the vehicle. If money is still owed, it can't be transferred until the loan is paid off. Secondly, who should get the vehicle? Is there a Will? If there is one, and the Will was probated, then the Executor … [Read more...] about How to Transfer Vehicles After a Person Passes Away
"Family heirlooms" can present a problem when drafting a will or when dividing property in an estate. When I am helping clients with their wills, I have noticed that this is often a sticking point. They sometimes agonize over which family member should inherit an item, a collection, or a piece of land. Since I help Executors in probate cases, I also see how heirlooms are ultimately divided. I … [Read more...] about Family Heirlooms: Gift or Guilt?