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Can A Parent Disinherit An Adopted Child?

A woman’s adoptive father was dying. She was worried, but not about what you’d expect. You see, her father inherited a piece of family land from her…

Definitions of Common Terms in Wills

Lawyers use a lot of words when talking about wills, assuming that everyone knows their meaning. But I realized early on that many people outside the…

Potential Capital Gains Tax Changes Ahead for Inherited Property

Capital gains tax is a type of tax you have to pay when you sell an appreciated asset. You calculate it by subtracting your purchase price (known as…

What is an Affidavit of Heirship?

When someone dies owning real estate, that property cannot be sold or transferred until the decedent’s name is removed from the title. Probate records become a link in…

Can I Make Handwritten Modifications To My Typewritten Will?

Your typewritten Will likely reflected all your wishes when you originally signed it, but things may have changed. It may be that you’d like to replace the…

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…

Tips for Preventing Elder Fraud

A neighbor was at home with her young children when someone claiming to be an IRS agent called her. He told her that she owed back…

What is a Miller Trust?

A Miller Trust, or qualified income trust, is an irrevocable trust that allows individuals qualify for Medicaid long-term care services, such as nursing home care, when they earn…