Houston Estate Planning Blog

Houston Blended Families Need an Estate Plan

Houston Blended Families Need an Estate Plan

I recently heard a story from a colleague regarding a probate matter in Houston.  A man’s wife had recently died without a will in Texas (known as dying “intestate”), which meant that there was no document to handle the distribution of his property or the administration of his estate.  As a added wrinkle, his wife had a […]

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How your Houston estate may be affected by changes to inherited IRAs

How your Houston estate may be affected by changes to inherited IRAs

A recent proposal by President Obama would have an effect on how Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and other retirement plan distributions are taken after the account owner dies.  The Treasury Green Book, which provides explanation of the President’s budget proposals, contains a proposal that could dramatically affect the estate planning strategies for those in Houston […]

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What Aunt Jemima can teach you about estate planning

What Aunt Jemima can teach you about estate planning

Last August, two alleged great-grandsons of Anna Short Harrington, the woman who was the face of the Aunt Jemima brand of syrup and pancakes, filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo and Quaker Oats, claiming the corporations owed them royalties that should have been paid to Harrington’s estate.  They claimed damages in the amount of $3 billion. […]

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Texas Probate Judge Holds Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Texas Probate Judge Holds Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Yesterday (2/17/2015), a Texas probate court judge ruled that the Texas ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.  In his ruling (which can be viewed here), Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman stated that the state’s restrictions on creating or recognizing marriages of same sex couples “violate the due process clause and the equal protection clause of […]

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