Category Archives: Community Property

Four Key Reasons to Have a Will

The question occasionally arises at a social event when someone introduces me as an attorney who helps people with their estate planning. “I don’t really need a will, do I?” Here are some thoughts on that question. 1. Children – … Continue reading

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When to Update Your Will or Trust

Friends often ask me whether they need to update their Will or Trust. Or the other side of that is the people who just don’t want to be bothered and say, “We already did our Wills” or “We already have … Continue reading

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Recently Married Persons Should Make New Wills

Astute persons realize that executing a will makes sense even for single individuals.  In fact, from the perspective of the estate planning attorney, working with single persons is often more challenging than working with married couples, regardless of whether they … Continue reading

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Spousal Protections in Texas Probate

Many people think there is no reason to have a will because the surviving spouse will inherit everything from a deceased spouse.  But in many cases where there is not a will, that is not the case.  Particularly when the decedent’s … Continue reading

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Husband dies with no will, leaving wife with inheritance questions

Ron Lipman is a Houston attorney that I have turned to for assistance on various legal matters.  He writes a column for the Houston Chronicle and recently addressed a question on inheritance rights in Texas.  Here is that article. The … Continue reading

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