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).
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… Read More
What if You Cannot Talk or Sign a Will? Generally, for a will to be valid, one has to communicate their wishes in a will and the will has to be signed. This begs the question as to how someone… Read More
Common Estate Planning Goals Estate planning is about you, the person who is alive and in control of property, and those who will eventually control and/or receive your property. It is about your wishes and what will happen in the… Read More
In the states that allow them, such as Texas, Lady bird deeds are a relatively simple and useful tool that should be used more often. The In re Estate of Maggie Williams Turner, No. 06-17-00071-CV (Tex. App.–Texarkana 2017), case provides… Read More
There are times when a minor or child needs to open a checking or savings account. This begs the question, can a child legally open a bank account? Texas law addresses this. Minority Laws in Texas Generally In Texas, an… Read More
The Haga v. Thomas, No. 01–12–00218–CV (Tex. App.–Houston (1st Dist.) 2013) case provides an example of why wills need to be updated after divorce. While Texas law provides a remedy for when a will names a former spouse as executor and… Read More