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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…

Will Transferring My Homestead to a Revocable Trust Prevent Me From Qualifying For Medicaid?

Medicaid is a means-tested benefit that provides health insurance for Americans with limited financial resources and income. To be eligible for Medicaid coverage, applicants can have no…

Will Distributions from ABLE Account for Food or Shelter Reduce SSI Benefits?

The monthly maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for 2020 are $783 for an eligible individual, $1,175 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse. If you…

What are Valid Reasons to Contest Will in Texas?

His dad had been sick and weak. He didn’t even have the strength to write his own name. Nevertheless, after his father died, his stepmother produced a…

Your Estate Plan May Need To Be Tweaked: The SECURE Act Has Passed

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was signed into law on December 20, 2019 and goes into effect on January 1, 2020.

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…

Can A Minor Orphans Select Their Own Guardians?

Fortunately, most children will not be orphaned before they reach adulthood, but occasionally tragedy strikes. That’s why parent appoint guardians in a Will or Declaration of Guardian.