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…

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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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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…

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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. …

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