Estate Planning

Transferring Mineral Rights in Texas

Owning property. It’s an integral part of the American dream. You can survey your property and proudly declare that this expanse of land is yours. Legally, ownership of that expanse of land is known as surface rights, which includes anything atop it, such as structures, trees and foliage. Ownership of what’s under the land is [...]

2017-11-03T15:12:23+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Oil & Gas|

Legal Documents Every College Student Needs

Legal Documents Every College Student Needs Tell a college student that they should be thinking about something other than grades, parties or football games, and you might get a blank stare. But in the event a student suffers a devastating injury, illness or death, it’s important that they have the following legal documents in place [...]

2017-11-01T14:08:30+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|

Ponzi Schemes Are Still Around

You would think after Bernie Madoff, no one would ever fall for it again, but that is just not the case. There have been stories on at least a half-dozen different Ponzi schemes in the news in recent weeks. In a Ponzi Scheme investment fraud, the perpetrator of the fraud guarantees investors high returns on [...]

2017-10-02T14:47:11+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Business Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Fraud|

Post Mortem Tax Planning for Couples

Post-mortem tax planning refers to the arrangements an individual makes prior to death to minimize the overall tax liability of their estate, and the steps followed by the executor later to ensure the decedent’s goal is achieved.  Even with diligent efforts to keep up with changes in tax laws, sometimes it is simply not possible [...]

2017-09-26T13:21:45+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|

Advance Directives 101

An advance directive is any type of legal document that outlines your wishes regarding your medical care or treatment before such treatment becomes necessary. The advance directive becomes effective should you become unable to make important medical decisions for yourself. Importance of Advance Directives There are many medical treatments that require patient approval before they [...]

2017-06-15T15:24:56+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|

Probating a Will in Texas

At the passing of a loved one, friends and family experience a wide range of emotions. Concern and confusion over how to handle the administration of the decedent’s estate may be among them. Is there a will? Is it a legal will? What happens to the assets? How do the bills get paid? Here, we’ll [...]

2017-05-30T20:53:45+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, Will Contest|

The issue of testamentary capacity in a Texas will contest

To make a valid will, the testator must be of sufficient age and sound mind. When someone executes a will, he or she must have "testamentary capacity," meaning the mental capacity to understand the nature of the act. Without testamentary capacity to make a will, the will could be found invalid in a later will [...]

2017-05-22T11:44:58+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, Will Contest|