Texas is 1 of only 9 states in the U.S. that have “community property” laws. If you are asking yourself what community property is, then you are either new here, or newly married! Either way, keep reading to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about community property laws: Q: What is Community Property?… Continue Reading New to Texas? What You Need to Know About Community Property Law
Review and Contributions provided by Melissa Marks, LPC and Certified Meditation Coach What is Grief? Grief is a powerful emotion. It can be a mixed feeling of sadness, anger, and love. After all, if there was no love, there would be no grief! In my legal practice, which encompasses areas of law concerning death and… Continue Reading Identifying Grief and How to Heal
What Happens to a Person’s Debt When They Die? One of the most frequent questions I receive in my probate practice is how to handle the debts of a person who has passed away. Most people want to know who has to pay the debt and what happens if the debt is not paid. With… Continue Reading Top 5 Debts in Probate
A thoughtfully created estate plan is key to reducing challenges by family members or other outside influences. Below are 10 strategies to discuss and implement with your estate planning attorney that could potentially reduce challenges to your estate plan and create a more meaningful legacy for your beneficiaries. 1. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! If you wait to… Continue Reading 10 Strategies for Avoiding Challenges to Your Estate Plan￼
A common question I receive in my probate practice is whether inherited property can be transferred with an affidavit. I often get this question from potential clients who have either been approached by a family member about signing one, or who scoured the Internet for advice on “how to avoid probate“. In Texas, we have… Continue Reading Should I Sign an Affidavit?
“Co-parenting”, “platonic parenting”, and “parallel parenting”–social terms to describe the reality of many modern families– is becoming the norm. But what happens when one of the co-parents dies? When a Co-Parent Dies As devastating as this is for the child, the hardship to a platonic co-parent is just as profound. Where there were two wage… Continue Reading Estate Planning for Co-Parents