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Should I Add a No-Contest Clause to My Will?

One section of the estate planning questionnaire I send my clients asks them to rate their level of concern about various issues. One issue about which most indicate…

Estate Planning in Blended Families

According to a Pew Research Study, more than 4 in 10 Americans are part of a blended family.  And while 7 in 10 are…

Estate Planning for Pets

This is my dog, Jilly. She’s a 15-pound mutt my family adopted 11 years ago. When we adopted her, we suspected she was a terrier mix, but she’s…

What is a Small Estate Affidavit?

Occasionally, people die without a Will but have very little in terms of probate assets. They may have owned a modest home, and had a small checking…

What are the Inheritance Rights of Half-Siblings When Someone Dies Without a Will?

When someone dies without a Will in Texas, the deceased person’s property is distributed according to a statutory formula found in the Texas Estate Code. According to…

Do I Have To Pay Taxes On An Inheritance From A Foreign Relative?

If you have close relatives, like parents, who are citizens and residents of a foreign country, there is a chance you might receive a gift…

When is it Proper to Use a Small Estate Affidavit?

A small estate affidavit is a legal document that can be used to transfer property to heirs without a formal probate. Not all estates qualify for small…

Can An Adopted Child Inherit From His Biological Parents?

Attorney Rania Combs explains whether adopted children can inherit from both biological parents and adoptive parents under the Texas Intestacy Statutes.