Transfer On Death Deeds: Another Way To Avoid Probate

Creating an estate plan isn’t just for the rich and famous. Every individual should have an estate plan that fits his or her specific needs. This includes planning for future incapacities with a financial power of attorney, a medical power of attorney and a directive to physicians (often known as a living will). Estate planning […]

Three Safety Measures in Place for Surviving Spouses

Texas is a community property state. This means that all property amassed during the marriage is equally owned by each spouse, subject to certain exceptions. However, what happens when there is an agreement in place that divides up the marital property unevenly, or when all property owned at the time of passing was separate property […]

Digital Asset Series Part IV: Estate Planning for Digital Assets

Welcome to Part IV of our series on digital assets. The previous blogs have explained what constitutes a digital asset and discussed some of the most common types. Our final article in this series focuses on options and suggestions for incorporating digital assets into your estate plan. Since there is no standard policy to plan […]

Digital Asset Series Part III: Additional Types of Digital Assets

In Part II of this series, I discussed some of the most common types of digital assets. Today we are going to cover financial accounts, business accounts, domain names or blogs and an assortment of other digital assets. Like the previously discussed assets, some institutions have policies in place for accessing the assets of a […]

Digital Asset Series Part II: The Most Common Types of Digital Assets

In Part I of this series, I defined and provided examples of digital assets. Today we are going to focus on the two most popular categories of digital assets: personal and social media. Some sites, like Facebook and Gmail, have specific policies in place for handling your digital assets after your death. However, many digital […]

Digital Asset Series Part I: What are Digital Assets?

As little as 25 years ago, digital assets were only talked about by those immersed in the emerging tech world. Today most people have smart phones that allow us to access our e-mail wherever we are, online sites to upload our photos to share them with family near and far and a slew of social […]

Challenges of the Probate Homestead

Debbie Cunningham recently wrote an article for Headnotes, a publication by Dallas Bar Association, titled “Challenges of the Probate Homestead.” You can click on the link for the full article or continue reading below. On the face of the issue, the probate homestead is quite simple and straightforward. Estates Code Chapter 102 provides clear direction […]