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Are My Retirement Assets Protected From Creditors?

Texas offers excellent creditor protection compared to other states. Our Texas bankruptcy laws are better than the federal ones when it comes to protections, but retirement is protected even under the federal program. Until recently, retirement benefits were not protected…
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Planning for the Worst: Estate Advice for Simultaneous Deaths

A lot of assumptions go into creating wills. After all, drawing up plans to distribute your assets to your partner, children, or other loved ones hinges on the presumption that you will be the first to pass. Unfortunately, though, accidents…
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Celebrity Probate Mishaps: What Can We Learn From Them?

"But life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last." -Prince, 1999   Prince really should have listened to his music lyrics. No one ever intends to leave a mess behind when they die, but a little estate…
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Grief And Anxiety Go Hand In Hand

For decades, the experts have claimed there are five stages of grief — denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. As probate attorneys, we have worked with clients at every stage. But we have also wondered if a certain stage was…
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Can Your Parent’s Estate Go to Probate?

It can be very difficult to deal with the passing of a parent. But when you are left to deal with their estate it can get quite confusing rather quickly – especially if it goes to probate. Probate is the…
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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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Houston Probate Lawyers Answer, “Will My Inheritance Be Taxed?”

One of the most common questions our Houston Probate Lawyers get from people who just inherited assets is whether or not they owe taxes on the money or property they just received. It is an excellent question, but the answer…
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Harris County Probate Law – The Basics

Probate law varies from state to state, but there are several things that you and your Harris County probate lawyer can expect to happen during the process.  The following is a simple breakdown of some of the most common aspects…
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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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Houston Will and Trust Lawyer: Read This Before Adding Your Child’s Name to Your Banking Account!

The probate process in Houston can be long and costly, which leads people to think of creative ways of avoiding or speeding up the process.  One thing that people often do is to add their child’s name on their bank…
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