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How Do I Remove a Family Member From My Will?

How Do I Remove a Family Member From My Will? Making the decision to remove a family member from your will is tough. Yet, life is messy, and this sort of thing happens. If you feel the need to disinherit a family member, then the chances are that your reasons for doing so are warranted. However, making changes to an estate planning document, such as …

What Happens When a Beneficiary of My Will Dies Before Me?

What Happens When a Beneficiary of My Will Dies Before Me? Under the common law, whenever a beneficiary of a will predeceased the person making the will (known as the “testator”), the gift intended for the beneficiary in the will failed or “lapsed” and was given to the residuary beneficiary or beneficiaries of the testator’s estate, that is, those beneficiaries entitled to whatever was left in …

The Importance of Estate Planning During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Importance of Estate Planning During the Coronavirus Outbreak The coronavirus outbreak has now reached the level of a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. As a result, countries around the world are taking serious countermeasures to slow its progress. Likely, you have already made changes to your everyday life to accommodate the government’s recommendations. However, planning for the future of your estate …

What Are the Three Most Common Reasons to Challenge a Will in Texas?

What Are the Three Most Common Reasons to Challenge a Will in Texas? Wills are typically drafted and amended with the guidance of an experienced attorney. However, errors can occur even under professional supervision. When this happens, a will may no longer be valid and can be contested. Here are the three most common reasons to challenge a will in Texas. Lack of Testamentary Capacity Testamentary capacity refers …

Top 3 Ways to Leave Your House to Your Child in Your Estate Plan

Top 3 Ways to Leave Your House to Your Child in Your Estate Plan If you own your home, then you may be curious about your estate planning options. Choosing to leave your house to your child after you pass can offer him or her security and financial stability. In Texas, you can do this in several different ways. An estate planning attorney in Austin can help you pick the option that …

What to Look for When Searching for an Estate Planning Lawyer

What to Look for When Searching for an Estate Planning Lawyer When you have numerous assets and multiple beneficiaries, contacting an estate planning lawyer is a necessity. After all, you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out exactly as you outline them. But what exactly should you look for when searching for an estate planning lawyer? Here are some important things to consider: Look …

Top Five Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples

Top Five Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples Marriage makes life easier in many ways. If one partner in a marriage becomes incapacitated, then the other spouse can make important healthcare and financial decisions for that person. If one spouse passes away, then any community property passes to the remaining spouse. Unmarried couples often do not have many of these rights. As a result, …

Types of Probate Courts in Texas

Types of Probate Courts in Texas There are a variety of types of courts in Texas that have jurisdiction over different kinds of cases. In this article we will generally discuss the Texas court system and explain how probate courts fit within that structure. Austin probate lawyer Farren Sheehan is experienced in court settings and can assist with probate and other …

The Lessons Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes Teach Us

The Lessons Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes Teach Us Movie and comic book fans alike are grieving the passing of Marvel Comics former publisher and chairman, Stan Lee. The 95-year-old is known for co-creating superheroes like Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and Spider-Man. However, in his final years, Lee was plagued by financial issues that may put his estate in jeopardy. Here …