Most people assume that their spouse automatically just gets everything when they die.  This seems reasonable enough, but apparently not to the legislature that produced the Texas Estates Code.  The Estates Code only gives your spouse all of your belongings automatically when there are no children, or all of the children you have are from…

Many people mistakenly believe that a last will and testament document is all they will need.  Of course, we at Youngblood Law, PLLC, do recommend having an up-to-date will, but we recommend executing several other documents as well.  The main risk to having only a will is simple.  If a person has only a will…

Did you know that minor children can inherit from your estate if you leave them any of your assets in your will, or under certain circumstances even if you die without a will?  This can be a blessing to the children, or a curse to your surviving spouse or other family members that receive a…

Every day we deal with products and services with expiration dates.  Coupons expire.  Medications outlive the printed “Use By” date on the box.  And of course food either outlives the expiration date on the packaging or grows multi-colored fuzz that lets the world know it is no longer fit to consume. But what about a…

In part one of this post, I discussed whether a will expires.  If you missed that post, you can see it here.  Hopefully, after reading that post, you will have reviewed your will to make sure it hasn’t “expired.” With luck, your will still does what you want it to do. But what if you…

Short Answer: Very Likely Many people have the mistaken belief that having a will is something that old rich people do.  However, having an up-to-date will is important for many people.  The solemn truth is that on any given day, there is not guarantee that any of us will make home to our family.  What…

Short Answer: YES! Being wealthy isn’t the deciding factor when determining whether or not you need a will. Having a will, and other supporting documents, is about the relationships we have and a desire to make sure our loved ones are provided for. It’s a deliberate choice to make certain that things are not left…

Many people like the idea of saving money by doing various tasks themselves.  Do-It-Yourself, or DIY for short, home projects are so popular, there is at least one cable TV network dedicated to DIY stuff.  Home improvement warehouses like Lowes and Home Depot cater to DIYers.  Even my teen daughter will be paining her own…

If you saw a person about to step in front of a bus would you act to save that person from certain disaster? Most of us would, thankfully. But what would you do if you saw someone about to make a disastrous mistake by representing himself in a legal proceeding? What if your friend or…

Short Answer: The Price Varies Once you realize that you need a will, the next question is often how much does a will cost. You may be tempted to purchase a do-it-yourself kit.  At Youngblood Law, PLLC, we never recommend self-help legal work, and testamentary documents are not an exception.  For more information on why…

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