We were shocked to see that Aretha Franklin, an incredibly talented singer and a person who has certainly earned a lot of money during her lifetime, died without a will. The technical term for dying without a will is that she died intestate. When someone dies without a will, the laws of the state in which the deceased resided will likely be what determines how their assets pass and who will be in charge of making sure that deceased’s debts are paid and remaining assets distributed. In Texas, this process
What will you do if a parent or other loved one is diagnosed with a disease, like Alzheimer’s, that will destroy that person’s ability to make decisions? Who will make medical decisions for your mom, if she didn’t sign a medical power of attorney? Who will sign the necessary paperwork if dad must be moved into a memory care facility, if he didn’t sign a statutory durable power of attorney? What will happen to your parents’ estate if they didn’t sign wills?
If this situation arises, you need to act quickly.
If you’d like to use your time off over Thanksgiving getting starting on your estate planning, here is a link to a worksheet we provide our clients. You can simply fill it out and set up a time to meet with us to discuss your particular situation. We hope that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.
This week of Thanksgiving, we here at The White Law Firm are giving thanks for all of you who voted for us as “Best Law Firm” in the 2015 Rockwall County Herald Banner poll. Once again, you selected us as the best law firm in Rockwall County, this time for the fourth year in a row. We cannot express how grateful we are to all of you. We pledge to work hard to keep your confidence in the coming year. In the meantime, we wish all of you a Happy
It is common for clients to bring us powers of attorney, wills, divorce decrees, and other documents that they have prepared themselves, with help from sources they have found on the internet. It is very rare that these forms are done well and even more rare that they actually meet all of the client’s needs. Here are some things to consider:
1. The laws of every state are different. What state’s laws were considered when that internet form was drafted? If it wasn’t Texas, then the odds that your form is