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Who Are The Heirs of a Single Person With No Surviving Parents or Children Who Dies Without a Will?

When an unmarried person dies without a Will in Texas, the Texas Intestacy Statutes control how their property will be distributed. The intestacy statutes are the…

What is a Laughing Heir?

I heard about “laughing heirs” for the first time during my Wills, Trusts, and Estates class in law school. A laughing heir is an heir of an estate…

Dying Without A Will Can Be A Nightmare!

I get calls and emails every week from people struggling to cope death of someone they love. In addition to the grief they experience, many struggle financially…

How Will My Property Be Distributed If I Die Without A Will Before My Divorce is Final?

If you and your spouse are planning to divorce, you probably wouldn’t want your property distributed to him or her if you died while your divorce is…

Will The State Get My Property If I Die Without A Will?

Everyone needs a Will. A Will allows you to dictate how your property will be distributed after you die. If you don’t have a Will, you lose…

Can An Adopted Child Inherit From His Biological Parents?

Section 201.054 of the Texas Estates Code provides that an adopted child “inherits from and through the child’s natural parent or parents.” This section of the Estates…

The Consequences of an Outright Distribution to a Spouse in Blended Families

Estate planning can be complicated in blended families. If you have children from a prior relationship, making an outright distribution of your estate to your spouse may…

Can I Fight the Intestacy Laws?

I received a note recently from someone asking if it was possible for her to fight the intestacy laws. She and her husband had been married for 31…