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Charlie  Henke Lawyer

Charlie Henke

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Complex Litigation, Wills & Probate, Elder Law, Lawsuit & Dispute, Arbitration
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Charlie Henke is the founding partner of Henke Law Firm, LLP, the predecessor to Henke, Williams & Boll, LLP. The firm was founded in 1992. His practi... (more)

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Lee Keller King

Lawsuit & Dispute, Divorce & Family Law, Wills & Probate, Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate
Experienced trial attorney. Member of the Texas Bar College.

Lee King proudly serves Houston, Texas and the neighboring communities in the areas of lawsuit & dispute, divorce & family law, litigation, commercial... (more)

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Jad J. Stepp

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Industry Specialties, Civil & Human Rights, Accident & Injury, Power of Attorney, Wills & Probate

Jad Stepp is the Managing Shareholder of Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., a Houston-based firm that focuses on family, personal injury and business litigation,... (more)

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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General Practice

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)

Michael R. Tibbets Lawyer

Michael R. Tibbets

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Estate, Commercial Leasing, Wills & Probate, Business Organization

AREAS OF PRACTICE: Estate Planning; Probate of Wills; Administration of Estates; Drafting Wills; Drafting Trusts; Administration of Trusts; ... (more)

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Gregory G. Heffelfinger

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Administration, Trusts, Real Estate
Over 35 years experience in estate planning - wills, trusts, probate and estate administration.

Helping families in Houston and surrounding area for over 35 years. Services include wills, trusts, estate planning, disability planning, probate,est... (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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Paul  Romano Lawyer

Paul Romano

Estate, Wills & Probate, Business Organization

Paul Romano has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending claims against executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians in Harris County, ... (more)

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Julia Leigh Dean

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Elder Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Trusts

Ms. Dean's professional experience encompasses a broad range of legal matters. Her primary emphases are civil appeals, estate planning and probate. He... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES

An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For examp... (more...)
An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For example, a person would not be allowed to leave property to her husband for his life, then to her children for their lives, then to her grandchildren. The gift would potentially go to the grandchildren at a point too remote in time.

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.

SECONDARY MEANING

In trademark law, a mark that is not inherently distinctive becomes protected after developing a 'secondary meaning': great public recognition through long use ... (more...)
In trademark law, a mark that is not inherently distinctive becomes protected after developing a 'secondary meaning': great public recognition through long use and exposure in the marketplace. For example, though first names are not generally considered inherently distinctive, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream has become so well known that it is now entitled to maximum trademark protection.

TRUSTEE POWERS

The provisions in a trust document defining what the trustee may and may not do.

PREDECEASED SPOUSE

In the law of wills, a spouse who dies before the will maker while still married to him or her.

TRUST CORPUS

Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, t... (more...)
Latin for 'the body' of the trust. This term refers to all the property transferred to a trust. For example, if a trust is established (funded) with $250,000, that money is the corpus. Sometimes the trust corpus is known as the 'res,' a Latin word meaning 'thing.'

SPENDTHRIFT TRUST

A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the benefi... (more...)
A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the beneficiary as needed, and sometimes paying third parties (creditors, for example) on the beneficiary's behalf, bypassing the beneficiary completely. Spendthrift trusts typically contain a provision prohibiting creditors from seizing the trust fund to satisfy the beneficiary's debts. These trusts are legal in most states, even though creditors hate them.

EXECUTOR

The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's... (more...)
The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's left, as specified in the will. The executor also handles any probate court proceedings and notifies people and organizations of the death. Also called personal representatives.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Frost Nat. Bank v. Fernandez

... The principal issue on appeal is whether the district court had jurisdiction to render summary judgment when similar bill of review proceedings and applications 497 for determination of heirship were pending in the probate court. ... 3. Probate Code. ...

In re Estate of Gaines

... The will also named Green and his wife the guardians of Gaines's children. Davis did not submit an application to probate Gaines's will for over three years after Gaines's death. ... In response, Davis submitted an application to probate Gaines's will on October 13, 2006. ...

In re Estate of Walker

... They appeal from an order of the probate court denying them relief in their complaint regarding an amended inventory filed by the independent executor of the deceased's estate. ... Beasley filed an application to probate the deceased's will on August 18, 2003. ...