What are Valid Reasons to Contest Will in Texas?

His dad had been sick and weak. He didn’t even have the strength to write his own name. Nevertheless, after his father died, his stepmother produced a deathbed Will for probate which left all her husband’s property to her. But something seemed fishy to him. Because his father was weak, his stepmother had handwritten the … Read More

Your Estate Plan May Need To Be Tweaked: The SECURE Act Has Passed

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed into law on December 20, 2019 and goes into effect on January 1, 2020. It is the most impactful legislation affecting retirement accounts in at least a decade. If your estate plan distributes assets to your beneficiaries in trust, you should contact … Read More

Happy Holidays!

One of my favorite poems is one Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about success. Although many in our world define success by how much money one earns, the size of one’s house, or the make of one’s car,  Emerson defines success in the following way: To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the … Read More

Can A Minor Orphans Select Their Own Guardians?

Fortunately, most children will not be orphaned before they reach adulthood, but occasionally tragedy strikes. That’s why parent appoint guardians in a Will or Declaration of Guardian. We want to make sure that in the event of the unthinkable, the person or couple we believe is best suited to care for our children and their … Read More

Must a Court Honor Parents’ Appointment of Guardian?

The issue that drives most parents to engage in estate planning is appointing a guardian for their children. Texas gives parents to right to appoint a guardian for their children in a Will or a separate document called a Declaration of Guardian. The declaration of guardian by a child’s parents carries significant weight. The Texas … Read More

Can I Revoke A Transfer On Death Deed By Will?

Suppose you signed and recorded a Texas Transfer on Death Deed naming your girlfriend as the beneficiary of your house. You had been together for several years and thought she was the love of your life. You wanted to make sure she inherited your house without having to go through a probate proceeding. But things … Read More