Tag Archives: will challenge

The Dark Side of Improper or No Planning

This is a reprint of a great article I posted in my blog back in 2012.   One of my favorite columnists, Pamela Yip, has written another great article regarding the need for estate planning and how the lack of … Continue reading

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Protections for Surviving Family in Probate Proceedings

Often times survivors of a decedent are afraid of probate, fearing the small amount in the estate will be eaten up by all the creditors and probate fees.  But in Texas, the legislature has created several protections for a surviving … Continue reading

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Avoiding A Contest

Oftentimes when I meet with clients desiring to do estate planning, little thought is given by the client to how smoothly the processing of their estate will go after they are gone.  So here are a few things to keep … Continue reading

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Disinheritance – “Mom always loved you more!”

Occasionally clients will state that they want to leave a natural object of their affection (spouse, child or someone else) out of their will.  This is always a touchy subject and one that must be approached with some sensitivity.  What … Continue reading

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Avoiding a Family Feud

For those of you who were hoping to hear about Richard Dawson or Steve Harvey, wrong type of family feud. This is the real thing – a dispute among the members of your family after you die. Even in the … Continue reading

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