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How Do I Know If I Should Contest a Will?

How Do I Know If I Should Contest a Will? Most wills go through probate without any problems. They carry out very specific tasks related to your estate. But every once in a while, issues can halt the proceedings. If the decedent was not legally of age or of sound mind when drafting their will, there may be cause to contest the document. Probate courts …

What Lessons Can We Learn From the James Brown Estate Battle?

What Lessons Can We Learn From the James Brown Estate Battle? James Brown was the Godfather of Soul. He composed over 1,200 pieces of music, many of which have gone on to entertain the world. This allowed the star to amass a significant fortune, and he accounted for that wealth in a will drafted in 2000. However, his estate has been in legal limbo since his …

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, …