Virginia Hammerle

Virginia Hammerle is a contributing columnist to The Dallas Morning News and writes weekly articles and blogs on legal issues confronting seniors and their families.
378 articles

Addressing the Afterborn Child: Pretermitted Child Laws Prevail

There’s nothing like a pretermitted child to disrupt an otherwise perfectly good estate plan. In Texas, a “pretermitted child” is one that is born to...

The Hotchpot Clause: Truing Up an Inheritance

For well over a thousand years, families have incorporated the hotchpot clause into their estate planning.  It may be time for you to consider doing...

Love and Affection: As Seen Through the Eyes of Justice

As we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s take a moment to ruminate on how judges through the ages have addressed love and affection. We’ll...

Contracts Between Family Members: Avoiding Common Problems

A One- Act Play.  Characters: Ailing elderly mom, not-so-wealthy adult son, and son’s wife. Opening scene: Living room in a nice house located in an unidentified...