Resources

Reset Form

Is The Will I Signed In Another State Valid in Texas?

I have written before that a move to another state can trigger a need to update your will. It’s not necessarily because the move invalidates the…

Is A Will Valid If It Is Not Dated?

Someone contacted me last week inquiring whether a Will is valid in Texas if it is not dated. Apparently, the individual’s father-in-law died leaving a short…

Does Revoking My Will Revive a Prior Will?

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I received a question from someone who wondered whether revoking a current will would revive a will that was signed previously. Unfortunately, I seem…

How Does Divorce Affect the Rights of Stepchildren Who Are Named In A Will?

I have written before that making a will is not a something you do just once in your life. Your will is something that should change as…

What Happens If A Beneficiary Of A Will Dies First?

When Texans draft wills and name beneficiaries, they expect  that the beneficiaries they have named will outlive them. But that is not always the case. Sometimes…

When Equal Is Not Equitable: How To Give One Child Less

Parents often go to great lengths to make sure they treat their children equally, not only during their lifetime, but also by leaving them an equal…

Probate Just Got More Private In Texas

One factor that often motivates people to choose revocable trust-based plans as opposed to will-based plans is the privacy trusts afford. Assets within a trust pass…

Can I Make a Testamentary Gift to Someone Who Witnesses My Will?

A testamentary gift to a beneficiary who is also a witness is presumed void. The reasoning behind this rule is that a witness who will benefit…