The Big Ds: How to know it is time to reevaluate your estate plan.

The Big Ds: How to know it is time to reevaluate your estate plan.

The question is often asked, “How do I know when I need to update my estate planning documents?” While it is good practice to review and reevaluate your estate plan every year and no less than every five years, Houston attorney James E. Brill has provided the...
Transfer on Death Deeds

Transfer on Death Deeds

When a person has a will, that person’s property will pass through probate upon his/her death. There are certain estate planning tools, however, which allow individuals to bypass the probate process. The transfer on death deed is one such tool. A transfer on death...
Trustee Delegation of Powers

Trustee Delegation of Powers

In selecting a trustee, a settlor normally chooses someone who will administer the trust with sound judgment and faithfulness to the settlor’s vision for the future. It is common, nonetheless, for a trustee to find himself asking—can a trustee delegate certain powers...
Common Agricultural Liens in Texas

Common Agricultural Liens in Texas

A lien is a legal arrangement between a debtor and a creditor. It gives the creditor—a person who is owed money—the right to hold onto the debtor’s property until the debtor has paid his or her debt. Below, you will find brief descriptions of agriculture-related...
How hard conversations now, could avoid a competency dispute.

How hard conversations now, could avoid a competency dispute.

There are a number of factors which could lead to disputes about a will in a family. Unfortunately, there is a growing trend toward claiming a dominant family member is incompetent, and the beneficiaries need access to those funds or that power now. Three factors to...
Federal Tax Liens Against Real Estate

Federal Tax Liens Against Real Estate

Generally: Federal Tax Liens A federal tax lien is a legal claim against all current and future property, including but not limited to real estate, automobiles, wages, and bank accounts. 26 U.S.C. § 6321,...