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 Texas, a statutory formula, that does not take into account your wishes and unique circumstances, determines how your property will be distributed. Below is a summary of … Read More

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 will in the world consisted of three words — “All to wife”– written on the bedroom wall of a man who realized his death was imminent.  In 1948, … Read More

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 property will be distributed after you die. It also allows you to nominate an executor, who will manage your estate, pay your debts, expenses and taxes, and distribute … Read More

LegalZoom vs. Lawyer: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

LegalZoom and other do-it-yourself document preparation services want you to believe that the process of preparing a Will is as easy as filling in the blanks on standardized forms. They try to lure you with a cheap product and a process that takes less than half an hour to complete. They try to assure you … Read More

What is a Self-Proving Affidavit?

A self-proving affidavit is a document that accompanies a Will. In the case of an attested Will, it is signed by the testator and those who witnessed the testator sign his Will. The self-proving affidavit affirms that that the Will was properly signed by the testator in the presence of two witnesses, who observed the … Read More

Estate Planning for Special Needs Children

Estate planning is important for all families, but especially so for families with a special needs child.  This is because without appropriate estate planning, a well-meaning parent can inadvertently disqualify his or her special needs child from receiving government benefits. Government Benefits for Special Needs Children Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD), … Read More