No type of case is more illustrative of that point than that of a lost will. Suppose Al dies in a house fire and leaves two surviving children, a son, and a daughter. Al and his son had long been estranged. It was widely known that Al had made a will leaving all of his worldly goods to his daughter and disinheriting his son. Unfortunately, after his death, no one can find the original … [Read more...] about Playing the Double Bounce – All is Not Lost With a Missing Will
For many years now there has been a monstrous legal theory swirling around in the murky waters of Texas probate law just waiting to be formally recognized. On June 22, 2018, the Texas Supreme Court finally put an end to it with a well-aimed harpoon. What was this theory? It was called “tortious interference with inheritance rights.” The legal theory had been created by a host of … [Read more...] about Expectations Lost Would – Be Beneficiaries Out of Luck
The American Revolution began on April 18, 1775, on the common green in Lexington, Massachusetts when the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun while 77 armed minutemen were set upon by 700 British troops. On July 4, 1776, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked … [Read more...] about The Shot Heard Around the World: An Overview of Gun Laws
“Why any kid would want to be an orphan is beyond me.” - Mrs. Hannigan, Orphan Annie It is pretty amazing the difference a little planning can make in the life of an orphaned child. Let’s take a quick look at an unplanned outcome versus a planned one. Let ’s assume that the minor child (under the age of 18) has two parents. When one parent dies, the other parent usually has all of the … [Read more...] about Orphans, Widows and Guardians Parents, Do Your Job!
Let us take a moment and focus on planning for the loss of your spouse. After a Spouse's death, will you be prepared to handle ALL of the aspects of living – maintenance, bills, relationships, calendars, investments, social and religious? There are some steps you can take now to make it a bit easier: Make sure your spouse has a will and that you know where the original is kept. If your … [Read more...] about Coping With The Aftermath: Be Prepared for a Spouse’s Death
The Center of the Bulls-Eye | The Dangers of being a fiduciary under a DPOA Somebody has to do it. If you drew the short straw and were appointed an agent under a DPOA, then you should at least know how to keep yourself out of trouble. A DPOA is a Durable (financial) Power of Attorney. The person who signed the Power of Attorney is the principal. The person appointed to act is the … [Read more...] about Durable Power of Attorney