We love a good juicy crazy will story and here are a few we wanted to share on this Friday, the 13th. Enjoy! Read More
As your estate planning attorney, I can help you weigh the pros and cons of probate and give you an idea of the probate costs and time frames in your jurisdiction. If you decide you want to avoid probate, here are the principal ways to do it. Read More
Chadwick Boseman showed us that even those who appear to be young, vibrant, and heroic need planning. Boseman died at age 43. While little is known of Boseman’s estate planning, we do know that he had a wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, whom he met in 2015 and to whom he got engaged to in October 2019. Boseman was the youngest of three sons of his mother, a nurse, and his father, a textile factory worker. I say this again and again, because it is so true. His untimely death shows us that even those of us who are young need at least a basic estate plan.
One of the things that we have available to us here and in Texas and in most jurisdictions is what’s called the revocable trust. The revocable trust allows you to avoid probate altogether as long as you’ve handled it properly in and put everything inside the ownership in the trust. So, if you want to avoid probate, we do have a mechanism to avoid that and not having to go into hearings and deal with court situations. Read More
A clear understanding of how the basic probate timeline works can ease the stress of this challenging, and often lengthy process. Fortunately, Texas is among the most efficient probate systems in the country. Here are some basics. Read More
I remember listening to Aretha Franklin and hearing her undeniable charisma through her soulful voice. I especially loved listening to her tracks on one of the best movie soundtracks of all time, The Big Chill. She clearly was a woman of wisdom. You could tell she was someone who was decisive. She knew what she… Read More