Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning

Will Jointly Owned Property Automatically Pass to My Spouse When I Die?

A lot of people mistakenly assume that all jointly-held property automatically passes to a surviving spouse when one spouse dies. That is not necessarily the case. Jointly-held property can be held as tenants in common or as joint tenants with rights of survivorship. Most couples who own property jointly in Texas own the property as … Read More

Have You Reviewed Your Will Lately?

I always schedule a document review conference with my clients before they sign their Wills. It gives my clients the opportunity to ask questions they may have about various provisions in their documents to that they have a clear understanding of all the provisions in their documents before they sign them. One of the things … Read More

Will the Balance of a Joint Bank Account Automatically Pass to My Spouse When I Die?

Most spouses have at least one joint bank account. Both spouses contribute to the account and can write checks or make withdrawals out of it. The fact that it is a joint account causes many to assume that when one spouse dies, the surviving spouse will automatically inherit the balance of the account. That is … Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning

What happens if I die without a will in Texas? If you die intestate (without a valid will), the Texas statutes will determine how your property will be divided. In other your property will be distributed in a manner set by the Texas statutes, which may conflict with the way you would chosen to have … Read More

The Top 10 Reasons Why You Need An Estate Plan

A recent survey found that approximately two-thirds of Americans don’t have a wills, and even fewer have power of attorneys or health care directives. Are you one of them? The survey suggests that the primary reasons why so few have Wills include: Procrastination Believing that getting a Will was not urgent Thinking they did not … Read More

What Will Happen To Your Facebook Account When You Die?

A friend from college died suddenly a couple of years ago. She was a healthy person, but contracted the flu and died from complications from it. A couple of months later, I received Facebook reminder that it was her birthday. Had I not been aware of her death, I may have absentmindedly sent an online … Read More