What to Expect During Probate When There Isn’t a Will

Most people know about a last will and testament that helps transfer assets from an individual who has passed away to their listed beneficiaries. In the time following the death of the benefactor or the “decedent” the property and assets…
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Dealing with Non-Probate Assets| Houston Probate Lawyer

As a Houston probate lawyer, I am often asked if every asset a person owns will have to go through the probate process when they die. The short answer is that it depends. While most real estate owned by a…
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Harris County Probate Lawyer: Issues to Consider with an Out-of-State Probate

It has become more and more common now to see clients come in with probate cases that need to be dealt with in multiple states. Many seniors today are “snow birds,” meaning they spend their winters in states with warmer…
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Harris County Probate vs. Non-Probate Property – Know the Difference

Many people think that as long as your will clearly defines how you would like to transfer your property at your death, it will be an easier, straight forward process. However, this is not always the case.  Especially when it…
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Saints Owner Will Call Another Play in Fight Over Trusts

The National Football League said “no” to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson's original proposal to remove team ownership from his estranged family's trust funds. This means he’ll have to try again with new financial terms. The NFL won't let…
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Celebrity Estate Panning Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

One would think that big stars like Prince would have a team of high-powered advisors, compared to the average Joe and Jane. But that isn’t so, says CNBC in the recent article “Don't make these celebrities' estate-planning blunders.” Celebrities make…
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Saving the Home with Long-Term Health Care Demands

The largest asset most people have is their family home. If a senior is in a situation where his or her long-term care insurance is exhausted and the other assets are used to pay for care, how does one protect…
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Make a Charitable Donation in Your Will and Watch It Work

The estate planning laws in many states are pretty straightforward for those who want to donate all or part of their estate to charity. “You can leave an unlimited amount to a charity,” says fosters.com’s article “Giving to charity an…
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The Do-It-Yourself Will Can Be a Bargain or a Bust

A majority of Americans (about 66%) don’t have a written will, and for most, it’s something they’ve postponed until later. It’s natural to think about assets as you age, and if you don’t have children or many assets, and you’re…
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Prince Estate to Sell Off Rock Star’s Property

A probate judge in southern Minnesota has given the administrator of Prince's estate the okay to sell six of the late rock icon’s properties. As Billboard reported in “Prince Estate to Sell Six Properties Following Judge Approval,” court papers filed…
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