Start the New Year with a plan

There are so many reasons to procrastinate on an estate plan. It’s not particularly fun to think about getting older or not being able to make decisions for yourself. Most of us expect to live long and happy lives, so we don’t feel a time crunch to get an...

Planning ahead when donating a body to science is critical

Emotions often run strong when individuals discuss what they want to happen to their bodies after death. Some want to pull out all of the stops and have a multi-day celebration. Others focus on adhering to the tenets and requirements of their faith. Others want...

Four important updates to your estate plan after divorce

There are many moving parts to any separation and divorce. With so many decisions and considerations to make, reviewing your estate plan can fall to the bottom of the list. That said, there are a few aspects of any plan that each soon-to-be ex spouse must review and...

An executor’s work may begin before an individual passes away

When a friend or loved one names you as the executor in their will, you know that you will have a job to do after that person passes away. Savvy executors, however, know that they may begin some preparation prior to the person’s death to make probate go more...

Give the gift of peace of mind this holiday season

It seems like retailers start decorating for the holidays earlier and earlier each year. Seeing those decorations puts us in the mindset of family time and gift giving. Yet the one gift that can give our family true peace of mind in the event of a crisis – an...

Texas Code prohibits scattering ashes without a will

In Texas, only those individuals who execute a will prior to passing away may elect to have their ashes scattered following cremation. Section ยง 711.002 of the Texas Health and Safety Code states that the remains of a person who passed away without a will must be...