Can I Change My Will Before My Divorce is Final?

Couples who are happily married make different estate planning choices than couples who are separated and heading towards divorce. Happily married couples generally create Wills that protect and provide for their spouses, but in the midst of a separation, their wishes change. They want to exclude their spouses and wonder what will happen if theyRead More

Can My Husband Give His Children Our Homestead If He Owned It Before We Married?

I received a note from a concerned wife. Her husband had purchased the home in which they reside two years before they were married. Throughout their marriage, she contributed to paying the mortgage and paying bills associated with its upkeep; however, she discovered that he was writing a Will giving the home to his childrenRead More

Why Should My Will Include a Self-Proving Affidavit?

I received a note from someone last week who said he had gone to court for the purpose of probating his grandparents’ Wills. The Will was signed by his grandparents and two witnesses, but the Wills did not include a self-proving affidavit. As a result the judge advised that it was necessary for the witnessesRead More

Will The State Get My Property If I Die Without A Will?

Everyone needs a Will. A Will allows you to dictate how your property will be distributed after you die. If you don’t have a Will, you lose control over that decision. Texas has statutes that dictate how property will be distributed when a Texan dies without a Will. These intestacy statutes are rigid and inflexible.Read More

Does Your Insurance Policy Name Your Ex-Spouse As a Beneficiary?

Suppose you have a life insurance policy issued as part of an employee benefit plan which identifies your spouse as your primary beneficiary and your adult daughter as the contingent beneficiary. Years down the road, your marriage falls apart and you get a divorce. Your divorce decree provides that your ex-spouse is divested of allRead More

Five Reasons Why Parents of Young Children Need Estate Planning

If you are a parent of young children, getting your estate plans in order can help you ensure that your minor children will be protected in the event the unthinkable happens. Estate planning is critically important for parents with minor children because: It allows you to select a guardian for your children in the eventRead More