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John O. Yow Lawyer

John O. Yow

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts

John O. Yow, PLLC has a thorough understanding of Texas law. I work hard to help you get the best possible results. Our first priority is providing... (more)

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Eraka Childs

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Divorce & Family Law, Wills & Probate, Social Security -- Disability, Estate Planning, Medicare & Medicaid

Eraka Childs received her B.A. in Business in 1994 from Southwestern University, located in Georgetown, Texas, and she received her J.D. in 1997 from ... (more)

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Surendran K. Pattel

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Divorce & Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate

Surendran K Pattel, attorney and counselor at law, is the founder of the PKS Law Firm, a community-centered law office with unique ties to both Harris... (more)

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R. Gary Shapley

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Estate, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate
General Civil Practice with Special Emphasis on Wills and Probate and Elder Law.

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W. Brian Jones

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Estate, Family Law

W. Brian Jones opened WB Jones law office soon after completion of the Texas Bar Exam. Mr. Jones believed that in starting his own practice, he could ... (more)

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Paul  Kennedy Lawyer

Paul Kennedy

Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning

Mr. Kennedy is a native Houstonian with more than 13 years of trial and appellate experience. He built a practice that focused on family, criminal, pe... (more)

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Real Estate, Estate Planning, Estate, Business, Landlord-Tenant

Over 35 years experience, Michael Boltz has been securing the rights of individuals with legal issues concerning business, estate, trusts, wills, and ... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

CHARITABLE TRUST

Any trust designed to make a substantial gift to a charity and also achieve income and estate tax savings for the person who creates the trust (the grantor).

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

DEVISEE

A person or entity who inherits real estate under the terms of a will.

TAKING AGAINST THE WILL

A procedure under state law that gives a surviving spouse the right to demand a certain share (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's property.... (more...)
A procedure under state law that gives a surviving spouse the right to demand a certain share (usually one-third to one-half) of the deceased spouse's property. The surviving spouse can take that share instead of accepting whatever he or she inherited through the deceased spouse's will. If the surviving spouse decides to take the statutory share, it's called 'taking against the will.' Dower and curtesy is another name for the same legal process.

HEIR AT LAW

A person entitled to inherit property under intestate succession laws.

ABSTRACT OF TRUST

A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract... (more...)
A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract of trust to a financial organization or other institution to prove that you have established a valid living trust, without revealing specifics that you want to keep private. In some states, this document is called a 'certification of trust.'

DISCHARGE (OF PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR)

A court order releasing the administrator or executor from any further duties connected with the probate of an estate. This typically occurs when the duties hav... (more...)
A court order releasing the administrator or executor from any further duties connected with the probate of an estate. This typically occurs when the duties have been completed but may happen sooner if the executor or administrator wishes to withdraw or is dismissed.

TESTAMENTARY TRUST

A trust created by a will, effective only upon the death of the willmaker.

AB TRUST

A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of... (more...)
A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of the property goes to the beneficiaries named in the trust -- commonly, the grown children of the couple -- with the crucial condition that the surviving spouse has the right to use the property for life and is entitled to any income it generates. The surviving spouse may even be allowed to spend principal in certain circumstances. When the surviving spouse dies, the property passes to the trust beneficiaries. It is not considered part of the second spouse's estate for estate tax purposes. Using this kind of trust keeps the second spouse's taxable estate half the size it would be if the property were left directly to the spouse. This type of trust is also known as a bypass or credit shelter trust.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Smith v. O'DONNELL

... 192 SW3d 780 (Tex.2006). 234 SW3d 135, 138. In Belt, we held that an executor was in privity with the decedent's attorneys and could sue them for estate-planning malpractice. 192 SW3d at 787. A prior case, Barcelo v. Elliott ...

In re Townley Bypass Unified Credit Trust

252 SW3d 715 (2008). In re TOWNLEY BYPASS UNIFIED CREDIT TRUST. No. 06-07-00025-CV. Court of Appeals of Texas, Texarkana. Submitted February 13, 2008. Decided April 9, 2008. 717 William E. Wylie, William E. Wylie ...

In re Estate of Henry

... in the 1996 revocable living trust agreement. In 2004, Thomas Henry and Ms. Henry met with Warren Nystrom, an attorney whose practice included estate planning and preparation of wills. On October 19, 2004, at the office ...

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