Odds and Ends

Can a Small Estate Affidavit Transfer Title to Homestead Property?

A small estate affidavit is a legal document that can be used to transfer property to heirs without a formal probate. Heirs can take advantage of this procedure only if: The deceased person died without a Will; At least 30 days have passed since the date of death; No person has filed an application toRead 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

A Season of Peace

Texas is the home of a diverse population, so in addition to working with clients whose families have lived in Texas for generations, I’ve also had the privilege of working with families from all over the world. I’ve worked with clients from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America. During ourRead More

An Environmentally Friendly Burial Option

If you prefer walking through a forest rather than a cemetery, and the thought of lying in a coffin under a gravestone for all eternity gives you the creeps, take note. An Italian company is developing a green burial option that turns your body into a tree. Current burial practices can be an environmental nightmare.Read More

Wishing You Peace

As the year draws to a close, I have a lot for which to be thankful: My greatest joy is my family, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and aunt to amazing people I love more than I could ever express. I am thankful that we areRead More

Have You Signed Your Will?

Humans are optimistic. We don’t dwell on the fact that death is inevitable, and that bleeds into our personal outlook for the future. It’s why we plan for vacations, drive in cars, fly in planes, and end visits with friends saying “see you later.” We have confidence that later is going to come. Life wouldRead More