Treasure or Trash, Keepsakes Are Significant “I admire him, I frankly confess it; and when his time is come I shall buy a piece of the rope for a keepsake.” - Mark Twain. Keepsakes are important. So why do so few of them make it to the next generation? In the context of legacies, keepsakes are significant because they bring back our memories of the departed. Let’s face it: memories … [Read more...] about Keepsakes As A Legacy
The Legislature Shoots Back We enter 2020 secure in the knowledge that the Texas legislature has our backs on gun rights. If you want proof, look no further than the 10 bills that went into effect last year. I missed a sign, what sign? The law now gives you a defense of “mistake.” Everyone knows that it is fairly easy to miss a posted sign that states handguns are prohibited on a premises. … [Read more...] about 10 New Gun Laws for Texas
What Does A Transfer On Death Deed in Texas Do? There is a snappy little document called a “transfer on death deed” that is very much in vogue right now. You can use it to transfer your real property in Texas upon your death, making it a valuable tool if your estate plan is geared toward avoiding probate. If you are leaping to your computer to download an internet form of the deed, you may … [Read more...] about What Is A Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) In Texas?
A Disaster for Many.. Transfer on death deeds, legal in Texas since 2015, have been heralded as the latest, greatest method for keeping real property out of probate. The goal behind them is laudable: provide a simple mechanism for transferring ownership of land to a beneficiary when the owner dies, no probate required. Four years later, how’s that working for us? Not so good. Let’s … [Read more...] about Transfer on Death Deeds in Texas
Handling Cremated Remains Takes Planning So everything is going along fine and then – Bbam! - your Aunt Agatha dies and you find out that she had named you as her agent to transport her cremated remains to Hawaii and have them thrown into the ocean. Or, hypothetically, your destination could be to Disneyworld, a golf course in Scotland or another ash-worthy site. Your journey is going to … [Read more...] about 6 Tips to Traveling with Cremated Remains
Barriers Abound, Can A Deceased File A Lawsuit? Take note: a dead person cannot file a lawsuit. Obvious, you say? Well, apparently obvious is never a barrier to stupidity, so we have a long line of cases where appellate courts have had to clarify that dead people can’t litigate. Here are a few gems. “A deceased person does not have an actual or legal existence and thus cannot … [Read more...] about Litigating from the Grave: Claimant Dies Before Lawsuit