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Did the Texas Legislature Create a Back Door for the Creation of a Self-Settled Asset Protection Trust?

Trusts with spendthrift provisions protect assets from claims of creditors because they prevent the beneficiary or any other creditor from forcing a trustee to turn over trust…

Who Can Make Funeral Arrangements in Texas When There Isn’t a Will?

A man died without a Will. He died unmarried, with two children, one 19 and the other 17. However, he and his children had been estranged for least…

Beware of Social Security Scams

My husband and I disconnected our home phone number recently. We both have cell phones, and it seemed like the only calls we received were sales calls…

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…

Will a Joint Account Pass to the Surviving Owner Outside of Probate?

The way multiple party account pass after the death of a joint account holder is determined by statute. Multiple party accounts that are held with rights of…

How Can I Protect My Disabled Sister From Neglectful Family Members?

I received a heartbreaking letter from someone concerned that her 60 year old old sister, who was in a terrible accident a year ago that left…

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…

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…