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Who Makes Medical Decisions in Texas If There Is No Medical Power of Attorney?

I received an email from someone whose uncle recently suffered several strokes and became incapacitated as a result. He didn’t have a Medical Power of Attorney. The…

Do I Have To Pay Taxes On An Inheritance From A Foreign Relative?

If you have close relatives, like parents, who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, there is a chance you might receive a gift…

The Texas Transfer on Death Deed

  Effective September 1, 2015, Texas joined the growing number of states that allow owners of real estate to transfer property to their beneficiaries outside the probate…

The Characterization of Property in Texas

I have written before that the characterization of property as separate or community dictates who inherits property when a married person dies without a Will in…

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 is a Holographic Will?

Can you imagine writing your will on your bedroom wall? How about the fender of your vehicle? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the shortest…

Can I Sign My Will Electronically in Texas?

UPDATE: On April 8, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an order temporarily allowing regular notaries to notarize the following documents by video conference: durable powers of attorney, medical powers…

What are the Requirements of a Valid Will in Texas?

A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows you to identify your beneficiaries, nominate a legal guardian for any minor children, dictate how your…