Houston Estate Planning Blog

Texas Probate Tips

Texas Probate Tips

As a Houston estate planning and probate attorney, I frequently receive questions about what to do after a loved one has died. While the probate process in Texas is fairly streamlined and can often be completed in a short period of time, there are some general tips that can be employed to help the administration […]

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How to Disinherit Your Ex-Spouse

How to Disinherit Your Ex-Spouse

Most married couples name each other as beneficiaries on life insurance policies and retirement plans, such as IRAs and 401(k) plans. This usually is the best thing to do if you’re married.  As a matter of fact, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which is a federal law, a married participant in a […]

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Why DIY Estate Planning is Not a Good Idea

Why DIY Estate Planning is Not a Good Idea

As a Houston estate planning attorney, one of the questions I get asked is, “Can’t I prepare my estate planning documents by myself with some forms?” My response is usually something sarcastic like, “Sure, if you don’t care about what happens to your family when you die.” Seriously, though, in preparing an estate plan there […]

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A Texas Estate Planning Checklist

A Texas Estate Planning Checklist

As a Houston estate planning attorney, a question I am often asked is, “what is involved in preparing an estate plan?” The answer depends on your unique individual situation, which is why I don’t recommend undertaking this task without the assistance of a qualified attorney.  However, most estate plans have several common elements, and I […]

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Executor’s Duties in a Texas Estate

Executor’s Duties in a Texas Estate

Being the executor of an estate is a matter that should not be taken lightly. The executor of an estate has specific responsibilities and duties under the Texas Estates Code, and it is important that these duties are handled properly. The executor of an estate in Texas is the person or persons named as such […]

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