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, and nominate an executor to manage your estate, pay your debts, expenses and taxes, and distribute your estate according to your wishes. … Read More

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. Reuben John Smith wanted to make sure he had a comfortable place to sit for eternity. So when he died in 1899, he directed that his body be … Read More

Five Reasons Why Parents of Young Children Need Estate Planning

If you are a parent of young children, getting your estate plans in order can help you ensure that your minor children will be protected in the event the unthinkable happens. Estate planning is critically important for parents with minor children because: It allows you to select a guardian for your children in the event … Read More

Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…”- Harry Houdini

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. Have you ever gotten a psychic reading? According to a 2005 Gallup Poll,26 percent of the people polled believed in clairvoyance, and 31 percent believed in telepathy or … Read More

Living Trust Scams

Many of us have seen advertisements touting the benefits of a living trust. Salespersons who promote living trusts claim they can reduce taxes, protect assets from creditors, and reduce the time and expense of probate, seemingly suggesting that other forms of estate planning cannot achieve those goals. According to the State Bar of Texas, sales of … Read More