Some assets do not require probate court in order to pass to a living person. They can be passed directly to the beneficiary, with no probate order needed. Examples of non-probate assets Life insurance, retirement accounts, brokerage accounts. If you have these types of a accounts and have properly designated a beneficiary, that person should be able to get that money distributed directly … [Read more...] about Non-Probate Assets
It is very important to have a current will. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even though it is always important, it is not something that people enjoy thinking about. Over years of practicing law and helping thousands of people with their estate planning, trusts, wills, probate, and business planning, our attorneys have found that we have a more receptive audience when there is some type of … [Read more...] about Covid 19 Tip # 6. Have a Current Will
Today is Day #5 of our Covid 19 Tips. For previous tips, see our blog, Facebook page, Twitter, and Google Business Page. We will update and add to these tips regularly. The whole point of preparedness is to be ready for an unusual situation. The current coronavirus situation certainly applies. But, just in case you are tempted to say "this will all be over soon, so I don't need to … [Read more...] about Covid 19 Tip # 5: Organize Your Passwords
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