Making a Fill-in-the-Blank Will

Making a Fill-in-the-Blank Will

The temptation is there. A fill-in-the-blank will is cheap—sometimes even free, while will drafted by lawyers generally costs four to five hundred dollars. But which really costs more? The Gamble In truth, using a fill-in-the-blank will is a gamble. If you decide to...
Why do I need a Will If I Do Not Have an Estate?

Why do I need a Will If I Do Not Have an Estate?

Contrary to what you may believe, you and everyone else you know will have an “estate” when you die. Simply put, an estate is a collection of all your property you own at the time of your death. The area of law that deals with what happens to your belongings after...
Durable Powers of Attorney and Recent Changes to the Law in Texas

Durable Powers of Attorney and Recent Changes to the Law in Texas

What are Powers of Attorney? In Texas, you can give another person the ability to handle certain legal affairs for you with documents referred to as “powers of attorney.” Powers of attorney are granted when you, the “principal” sign a document which specifies you are...
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...