Category: Probate

Leaving Your Estate to your Houston Heirs

Leaving Your Estate to your Houston Heirs

A common misconception among Houston families is that you have to be wealthy in order to provide something for your children when you die.  As discussed in a recent article on the Washington Posts’ website, this simply isn’t the case.  There are a number of tools you can use to leave assets to your children […]

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How Stepchildren may Affect your Houston Estate Plan

How Stepchildren may Affect your Houston Estate Plan

Blended families have become become commonplace over the last few decades, in Texas as well as across the U.S.  As a Houston estate planning attorney, many of my clients are in second marriages where each spouse  has children from a prior marriage.  A question I often get is whether stepchildren inherit under the probate laws […]

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Estate Planning and Texas Homestead Protections

Estate Planning and Texas Homestead Protections

In Texas, your primary residence is protected under the state constitution.  Texas has an unlimited homestead exemption with respect to your general creditors, which means that your home is protected from most general creditors regardless of its value.  However, homestead exemption is not available against certain creditors, such as a bank that has extended you […]

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How Houston Families Can Prevent Identity Theft After Death

How Houston Families Can Prevent Identity Theft After Death

A recent article by the American Academy of Estate Planning attorneys addressed the issue of post-death identity theft.  Most of us are aware of the risk of identity theft while we are alive, with companies as large as Target and Home Depot falling victim to thieves who stole personal information about its customers.  However, identity […]

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