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

Independent Administration Simplifies the Probate Process

Probate has gotten a bad reputation as being expensive and causing delays. As a result, many people try to avoid it at all cost. In many states, that reputation has been well earned. But in Texas, probate is typically nothing to be feared. This is because Texas has one of the most simplified probate processes … Read More

Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” – Gene Roddenberry

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. If you are a Star Trek fan like me, you’ve heard of Gene Roddenberry. He is the man who created and produced the original Star Trek series and … Read More

Wacky Wednesday: Wills That Make You Go “Hmmm…” – Sandra West

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. It has been said that Americans have love affairs with cars, but but one person took that love to an extreme. Sandra Illene West was a Texas oil … Read More