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When Is a Texas Last Will and Testament Invalid? After someone dies, their will is often one of the first things that needs to be dealt with. But what happens when a will is invalid? In Texas, there are a few different circumstances that can render a will null and void. Learn more about what...
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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think too much about what would happen to your retirement account if you died. But it’s actually a pretty important question, especially if you live in Texas. In Texas, inherited retirement accounts are subject to some pretty strict rules. For example, if you die before you’ve reached...
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Negligence and Fiduciary Duty A fiduciary is a person who holds a legal or ethical relationship of trust with another party. If a person is a fiduciary, they have what is called a fiduciary duty to that party. A fiduciary duty can exist in several special relationships or circumstances and the type of duty that...
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Introduction If you are the beneficiary of an inheritance but are currently incarcerated, you may be wondering if you can still receive your inheritance. The answer depends on the state in which you are incarcerated and the type of inheritance you are receiving. Read on to find out more about how to receive an inheritance...
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What happens when a person’s original will cannot be found and therefore proved in court? What constitutes non-production of a will? When will a trust be terminated? All of these questions are answered in the case In re Estate of Catlin. Probate Case In re Estate of Catlin, 311 S.W.3d 697 (Tex. App. 2010). Facts...
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11Texas Trust Estate Planning
An irrevocable trust is a legal arrangement where the creator (settlor) of the trust transfers assets to another person or entity (trustee), while retaining the right to receive income generated by the trust and/or take possession of the trust property at a later date. If you are considering setting up an irrevocable trust, here’s a...
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The making of a will is serious. A valid will dictates who gets your property and when they get it. An invalid will can result in your property passing according to Texas intestacy law. It can also set up an expensive probate dispute. This is why estate planning attorneys take such care in helping clients...
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11houston probate attorney rubber stamp
A will has to be executed with the proper legal formalities. This includes having the terms of the will be in writing and signed by the decedent. There have been a number of disputes as to what counts as a writing and what counts as a signature. The courts have developed a body of case...
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Can a handwritten letter that names an executor and does little else count as a valid will in Texas? The court addresses this in Estate of Silverman, No. 14-18-00256-CV (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2019).
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Special needs trusts can provided additional resources for disabled minors and adults.  Special care has to be taken in planning for these trusts.  The recent Estate of Mendard, No. 14-18-00434-CV (Tex. App. — Houston [14th Dist.] 2019) provides an example.  It involves a special needs trust that ended up owning a house that the disabled beneficiary’s...
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