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

Rania Combs discusses how the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) may require changes to your estate plan.

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.

Must a Court Honor Parents’ Appointment of Guardian?

The issue that drives most parents to engage in estate planning is appointing a guardian for their children. Texas gives parents to right to appoint a…

Can I Revoke A Transfer On Death Deed By Will?

Suppose you signed and recorded a Texas Transfer on Death Deed naming your girlfriend as the beneficiary of your house. You had been together for several years…

Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…: Reuben John Smith

NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here.

Is Married Beneficiary’s Interest in a Trust Separate or Community Property?

Texas defines separate property as property owned before marriage or acquired by gift or inheritance. For example, if you purchased a house before you were married, the house…

Can Physicians in Texas Withhold Life Support Against Patient’s Wishes?

Most of the time, Directive to Physicians are signed by patients who do not want their lives prolonged by life-sustaining treatments; however, sometimes the situation is…