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Dying Without A Will Can Be A Nightmare!

Intestacy laws are rigid and inflexible and may result in a distribution that seems neither fair nor equitable.

Dying Without A Will: The Texas Intestacy Statutes

The law gives you the freedom to make a Will that distributes your property how and to whom you wish. But if you die without a Will in…

What are the Inheritance Rights of Half Siblings When Someone Dies Without a Will?

An unmarried man died without a Will. He had no children and both his parents died before him. But he did have two siblings: one brother and…

The Complexities of Intestacy in Non-Traditional Families

I received a note last week that highlights the heartbreaking consequences of dying without a Will in non-traditional families. The couple had lived together for twenty-one years…

If You Don’t Have a Will, Texas Makes One For You

I received a phone call this week from a woman I’ll call Ellen, whose grandfather had succumbed to pancreatic cancer. His own children were…

The Rigidity of the Intestacy Statutes

I received an email this week from a grieving and very frustrated man. He lost his wife this month after sixteen years of marriage. Both he…

Who Inherits When Unmarried Sibling Dies Without a Will in Texas

When an unmarried sibling dies without a will in Texas, the distribution of his estate will depend on whether he has any surviving descendants or parents. If…

The Unintended Consequences of Not Having A Will: Deadbeat Dad Claims Part of Deceased Son’s Estate

While I was in Houston over the Holidays, I read an article in the Houston Chronicle that illustrates the unintended consequences of not having a will. It…