If you already have a will, and have decided you need an update, make sure to write out your comments and questions on separate paper. Don't write on your original document! Writing on a will invalidates it! It is always best to keep your original document clean and unaltered. Keep it away from stains and moisture and don't unstaple the pages. If you have a reason to make a change in your … [Read more...] about Don’t Write on Your Original Will!
Having an attorney who is familiar with the county where your case will be filed has its advantages. There are benefits to having a lawyer who is comfortable with the procedures in your specific court. Comfort that comes from knowing what the judges and the court staff expect. This can help streamline the process and allow the attorney to plan the case very efficiently from the … [Read more...] about Local Attorney Comfort Level is a Plus
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
Our pets are family members. They are also very vulnerable to changes in family situation. Just like other family members, they deserve consideration when you are planning for the future. Have the conversation. Regardless of your age, if you have a pet, you should always consider what would happen if you were gone. If you have a spouse or partner, what would happen if the two of you … [Read more...] about What Will Happen to your Pet if You Die?
Most parents of minor children know that they need to have a current Texas will. But not everyone understands how important it is to name a Trustee to take care of financial matters and how doing so can decrease the time and money spent in legal fees and court time later on. Naming a person whom you trust to be the Trustee of your minor children's finances is crucially important. This … [Read more...] about Your Minor Children and Naming a Trustee in Your Will
Have you ever considered what would happen to your social media accounts and digital assets if you were to die? There are steps you can take right now, AND you can make "digital asset planning" part of your Estate Plan. You can have language put in your will that ultimately leaves your digital assets to a certain beneficiary and/or specifies that your Executor will be able to access and … [Read more...] about What Happens to Social Media Accounts When Someone Dies?
If you own a business and haven't made proper arrangements, you are leaving your employees, customers, business associates, and family vulnerable. For instance, what if something happened to you? What if you were 1) disabled and unable to perform your duties; or 2) deceased? Whether you have a family business, a sole proprietorship with employees, have a partner, or are a one-person show, … [Read more...] about For Business Owners – The DANGER of Not Having a Power of Attorney & a Will!