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Local Memorial Day Celebrations Result in Violence

While most people were happily celebrating Memorial Day, others found their revelry halted by violence. The Houston area had a particularly grizzly weekend. As of Tuesday, 10 people were killed over the holiday.  On Monday night, a gunman opened fire in a Houston nightclub killing one and injuring two others. Shortly thereafter, the gunman was […]

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Legendary Actress Olympia Dukakis Dies at the Age of 89

On the first of this month, a shining star left this earth. Olympia Dukakis, perhaps best known for her roles in “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias”, passed away at the age of 89. Dukakis was known for her sharp, witty, and hilarious character work. In her long, successful career she brought dynamic roles to life and […]

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Court Makes Ruling in Michael Jackson Estate Case

When estates are left behind, particularly large ones, there is often a dispute. Such is the case with the estate of the late Michael Jackson. Even though he left this earth over a decade ago, the value of aspects of his estate is just now being decided by the courts. Michael Jackson was undoubtedly one […]

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Probate After a Muniment of Title

Muniment of title is an alternative to the probate process in Texas. It is cost-efficient.  It is fast–relatively speaking. A Will is required. Instead of appointing you as the executor, the probate court enters an order distributing property according to the Will. And walla! But what if the story does not end there? What if […]

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Drafting Agreements in Probate Cases

The beneficiaries and heirs of a probate estate are not stuck with the distributions set out in the decedent’s will or by Texas intestacy laws. The beneficiaries and heirs can agree among themselves to some other distribution scheme. This usually involves negotiating and recording the agreement in a family settlement agreement. A carefully drafted settlement […]

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Anti-Defamation Law Trumps Terms of Trust

There are laws that conflict with other laws. These conflicts are often due to competing policies. What may have been a good policy for one fact pattern, may not be a good policy given a slightly different fact pattern. The recent Marshall v. Marshall, Nos. 14-18-00094-CV, 14-18-00095-CV (Tex. App–Houston [14th]), case provides an example. The […]