Texas Laws

Who Inherits in Texas?

A beloved family member dies in Texas  without a will. Now what? Well, the State of Texas has an answer for you. In fact, it has already drafted the  will and is ready for a Texas-sized probate! Was he married at the time he died? If so, we divide the property into community property (acquired during marriage) and separate property (owned before marriage, acquired by gift or descent). If he and his spouse...

Why You Need a Texas Will

Texas resident?  Then  you  need a Texas Will.  Period. Texas has some really great procedures that save money and make life easier - if you have a Texas will.  It has a self-proving affidavit, so you don't have to drag in witnesses from another state.  It has a provision for an independent executor, who can serve without bond.  This saves the executor (the person who pays estate debts and distributes estate assets) from...

New Texas Laws 2011 – Really?

Redneck fishing? It says a lot about a legislative session when the most talked-about bill concerned etiquette for catching catfish. By the numbers, the Texas 82nd Regular Session was average – 5,796 bills filed, 1,379 passed, 24 vetoed, one lawsuit already filed to declare a bill unconstitutional. It took a special session sparked by a Ft. Worth novice’s last-minute filibuster to pass the state budget, which postponed most of the...

Adoptions in Texas

Adoption is the legal process to replace one or both birth parents of a child. Unless one of the parents has died, a termination of that parent’s rights must take place before the child can be adopted. A step-parent adoption occurs when one parent’s rights have been terminated, and the remaining parent has remarried. A grandparent adoption or a private adoption is possible when both parents’ rights have been terminated. In...

Four Ingredients for a Texas Will – and Then Some

Your “Last Will and Testament” is when you legally put down your intentions on how you “will” matters to be handled after your death. A Will has 4 basic requirements. First, it must identify you, the testator. Second, you must mean to give instructions to take place after your death (this is called testamentary intent). Third, you must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind (this is called...

Non-compete Agreements in Texas

Non-compete agreements are usually enforceable in Texas, but are subject to being modified by a court.

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