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Estate Administration & Probate Archives

Probate implications of the same-sex marriage decision

As our readers have likely heard, last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the entire nation. This will have some major implications here in Texas, as Texas was one of the states that did not legally recognize such marriages. An important thing to note is that these implications are not limited to just the area of family law. The Supreme Court's decision has implications for many areas of law here in Texas, including estate planning and probate.

Life insurance designations: Yes, things can go wrong

Rather than fashioning a gentle segue into this blog entry focusing on how things can go wrong with life insurance beneficiary designations, let's employ a real barn burner right at the outset as an example of how horror can strike unexpectedly and toss best-intentioned plans right out the window.

Famed actor and comic's estate plan now a public battle

The widow says that the stepkids are unlawfully claiming personal property that was bestowed upon her. The children counter that many of the assets claimed by their stepmother belong to them and that they "are heartbroken" that she has acted against their deceased father's wishes. The trustees have weighed in with comments underscoring their power to act, which they say is being undermined. An attorney for the trustees says that what has become an acrimonious spat should have remained a purely private matter.

Designating an executor for your estate in Texas? Choose wisely.

Wills, trusts and other estate planning tools help you protect your assets, provide guidance for family members and prevent consequences or distributions that go against your wishes. Selecting an executor for your estate or an administrator for your will is an important part of the process.

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