Question: What if I die without a will in Texas? Answer: A person who dies without a valid will is said to have died intestate (legal term for "without a will"). Under Texas law, when a person dies without a will, the property passes to the heirs at law. That does not necessarily mean that things will happen the way that you want them to! For example: If you are married and you … [Read more...] about What if I Die Without a Valid Will
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Covid 19 Tip # 6. Have a Current Will
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
The “Why”, “When” and “How” of Having a Will
The laws governing wills vary state by state. When a person dies without a will, state law will determine who gets the property. This can result in unhappy surprises for the surviving family, especially in a step family situation. If you do not decide how you would like your property to be distributed and put this into writing it will be decided for you! So it is very important to be sure … [Read more...] about The “Why”, “When” and “How” of Having a Will
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 plan and estate plan so that my personal assets were protected and separate from my business … [Read more...] about What Everyone Should Know About Texas Wills and Estate Planning
Can a Copy of a Will be Probated in Texas?
Once a Texas will has been properly drafted and executed, the original should be kept in a safe place. This should be a place that is dry and safe, such as a fireproof box. The will may also be kept in a safe deposit box, however, this is not always the best option because it will be less accessible. A safe deposit box should only be used if someone other than the testator (person who signed the … [Read more...] about Can a Copy of a Will be Probated in Texas?
What Would Happen to Your Pet if You Died Unexpectedly?
Pets are part of the family, often have jobs to do in our homes, and provide us with love and companionship. Yet, many people do not make plans for what would happen to beloved pets after the owner’s death. Providing for pets is different than providing for minor children. Pets may be provided for informally (by agreement between parties), or formally (by naming the pet in a will or … [Read more...] about What Would Happen to Your Pet if You Died Unexpectedly?