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What To Do If You’re Buying Your First Texas Home

As a first-time homebuyer in Texas, the home buying process can seem terrifying and overwhelming. Buying a home is usually the first big purchase of a person’s life, so going into such a big and unknown process can be intimidating. However, if you go into the experience prepared, you’ll know exactly the steps to take …

What is a Living Trust, and Do I Need One Instead of a Will?

Death is an uncomfortable subject, but it’s an important one to talk about. It’s a given that everyone should have a legal document dictating the division of their assets upon death. But the question is, do you really need a will, or is there another option? There is – but it might not be for …

New Opportunities Under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Congress has just passed, and President Trump is expected to sign the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Although continued study of the bill will undoubtedly reveal additional opportunities I can share with you and your family, I wanted to provide some of my immediate impressions. Significant Changes to Business Taxation If you own a business …

What Do I Need Besides a Will?

Having a will that successfully transfers your assets under Texas and federal law is the most important estate planning document you can have, and is very likely the only one you will need. However, a thorough and well-drafted estate plan will include several other documents covering every possibility or contingency, no matter how remote or …

Requirements for a Valid Deed in Texas

Drafting a valid deed or conveyance of land in Texas, in its most basic form, is subject to a number of statutory and common-law requirements, many of which date back hundreds of years to their basis in England during the Dark Ages. These broadly relate to the following: These are only the basics of a …

A Landlord’s Duty to Repair a Residential Rental in Texas

Although many residential landlords perform repairs to their properties promptly and conscientiously, not every residential tenant is so fortunate. On the other side of the equation, expensive or excessive requests for repairs from tenants can quickly cause a rental property to become unprofitable, which can lead to increases in rent or a lack of incentive …

Family Allowance During Probate Proceedings

Texas Probate law states that a probate court may grant what is termed a “family allowance” to the immediate family members of the deceased. The purpose of the family allowance is to provide support for a deceased person’s family members for a period of one year after the death of the deceased person, whom is …

Methods of Proving a Valid Will in Probate Court

In order for a will to be admitted to probate in Texas, it must meet the requirements for a valid will and sufficient proof of these elements must be made to the probate court. Individuals in the Austin area seeking to have a will admitted to probate should contact an Austin probate lawyer to guide …

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 …

Types of Civil Trial Courts in Texas

The Texas court system consists of five different tiers or levels illustrated graphically at the Texas Courts Online website. This article gives a general overview of each type of trial court, i.e. the courts in which a case begins in Texas and what types of cases each one handles. Sometimes, there may be more than …