Estate Planning, FAQs About Estate Planning

What Happens to Social Media Accounts after a User’s Death?

I know someone who uses Facebook as somewhat of a digital diary. She regularly shares photos and stories that document her daily life, major life events, and milestones. Her feed…

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…

Estate Planning, Planning for Special Circumstances

Will a Gift I Make To My Married Child Be Community Property?

A very generous father wanted to buy a house for his married son. But he had a concern. He didn’t want the house to become community property.

Estate Planning, Planning for Special Circumstances

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Fraud

My mother received a phone call from someone claiming to be an Apple representative. The caller claimed that Apple had detected a breach in my mother’s iCloud…

Estate Planning, Planning for Special Circumstances

Consent for Treatment of Minors by Non-Parent

My youngest son is 16 years old now. Last summer, as Covid forced lockdowns, he and half a dozen of his friends planned a beach trip to celebrate…

Estate Planning, Planning for Special Circumstances

How to Spot, Avoid, and Report Coronavirus Scams

Beware. Con artists are using fears and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to commit fraud. According to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), Americans have filed more than 200,000…

Estate Planning

The Blessing of Planning Ahead

Many years ago, I wrote an article called: What What You Do If You Had 46 Days to Live? It referenced an article about a man named Rob Jaffe,…

Estate Planning, Planning for Special Circumstances

Powers of Attorney Protect College Students During a Pandemic

My daughter graduated from high school a few weeks ago in an unusual ceremony. Our family drove up to the school building, exited our car, entered the…

Estate Planning, The Texas Transfer on Death Deed

The Texas Transfer on Death Deed

  Effective September 1, 2015, Texas joined the growing number of states that allow owners of real estate to transfer property to their beneficiaries outside the probate…

Estate Planning, Planning for Special Circumstances

Can I Sign My Will Electronically in Texas?

UPDATE: On April 8, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an order temporarily allowing regular notaries to notarize the following documents by video conference: durable powers of attorney, medical powers…