If you have no spouse or children, you may wonder what will happen to your property if you die without a will in Texas. Will the state just take your money? What Does it Mean to Die Without Heirs? "Dying without heirs" is usually said when someone dies with no close relatives. But, under Texas law, even more distant relatives can inherit, if necessary. People often believe that if they die … [Read more...] about Are You Heirless?
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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
Should Your Adult Child Now be Named as Executor of Your Will?
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?
Thinking About Writing on Your Original Will? Don’t do it!
Writing on your original will can invalidate the entire document. It doesn’t matter if you initial next to what you have written. Some people feel that once the document is signed and notarized they can feel free to make changes themselves. This is not true. Keep your original document safe, clean and dry. Don’t eat near it, set a coffee cup on it, get it wet, or jot notes on it. And it is … [Read more...] about Thinking About Writing on Your Original Will? Don’t do it!