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…

Planning for Special Circumstances, The Risk of DIY Planning

A Holographic Will That Worked…But At What Cost?

DIY Wills can seem like a cost-effective solution, but the consequences of a poorly drafted will can cost you more in the long run.

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…

Planning for Special Circumstances

Tips for Preventing Elder Fraud

A neighbor was at home with her young children when someone claiming to be an IRS agent called her. He told her that she owed back…

Planning for Special Circumstances

Is Your Estate In Order?

Rania Combs discusses tips for organizing your estate so your fiduciaries have all the information they need to handle your affairs.

Planning for Special Circumstances

Storing the Keys to Your Online Financial Lives

If you’re like many Americans, you pay most of your bills online. It’s so much easier. There are no checks to write, and no stamps…

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, 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…

FAQs About Wills, Planning for Special Circumstances

The Characterization of Property in Texas

I have written before that the characterization of property as separate or community dictates who inherits property when a married person dies without a Will in…