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Ain’t No Sunshine with a Bad Contract – Reducing Carbon Footprint Can Lead to Problems

What is the newest headache for seniors and their probate estates? Solar panels.   It is trendy to install solar panels on existing houses. By the time a salesperson has finished showing fancy graphs and charts about how much a homeowner will save in energy costs, and thrown about some jargon about reducing the carbon footprint, most people cannot sign the paperwork fast enough.    Types of Solar Agreements Therein lies the problem. There...

Never Can Say Goodbye – Some Executors Find It Difficult to Distribute Probate Estates

Are we there yet?  If you have ever served as an executor of an estate, then you will appreciate the risks that go into making a final distribution of assets. A lot must go on behind the scenes before assets start going out the door to beneficiaries.  What to Consider Before Distributing an Estate You start by looking at the will itself. Many wills contain specific instructions about the timing of distributions...

Do-It-Yourself Will Changes: How Not to Amend Your Will

Ink splotches. Inserted pages. Cross-outs. Handwritten notes. These are the wrong ways to go about changing your will.  A will in Texas is valid if you sign it before two or more credible witnesses who are 14 or older, and they also then sign it in your presence. That is called an “attested” will.    If you have an attested will in Texas, then you can only alter it by going through the...