Dying Without A Will: The Texas Intestacy Statutes

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that “America is best described by one word: Freedom.” His quote basically sums up what makes America unique. We Americans relish our freedoms. We want to live how we like and spend our hard-earned money on what we want. And we resist when the government tries to interfere with our … 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 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 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

What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney is a written document that creates an agency relationship between a principal, the person granting authority, and an agent or attorney-in-fact, the person to whom authority is granted. By signing a durable power of attorney, the principal authorizes another person to engage in specified business, financial and legal transactions on … Read More