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 To Do When Someone Dies Without A Will

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…

How Property Distributed When Someone Dies Without A Will, Intestacy

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…

Questions About Estate Tax

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…

FAQs About Probate, Probate

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…

FAQs About Dying Without A Will, Intestacy

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.

Odds and Ends

Protecting Yourself from Credit Card Fraud

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are victims of credit card fraud. Attorney Rania Combs shares helpful tips for how to protect yourself.

Estate Planning, Questions About Estate Tax

How Much Money Can I Give Without Paying Gift Tax?

Under our nation’s federal tax regulations, it is the person making a gift (the donor) who is responsible for any federal gift tax that is due. The…

Special Needs Trusts

Special Needs Trusts FAQs

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you need special estate planning. Why? Because if you leave assets directly to your  child, either…

FAQs About Probate

Is It Always Necessary to Probate a Will?

A person who dies typically has two classes of assets: probate assets and non-probate assets. Probate assets are property titled in the deceased person’s name. For example, if…