Preserving the Homestead Exemption with Living Trusts

Preserving the Homestead Exemption with Living Trusts Revocable Living Trusts are a popular estate planning structure in Texas, but when it comes to homestead property, owners should be aware that the trust’s language can mean the difference between preserving or forfeiting a homestead’s property tax benefits. Maintaining Homestead Tax Exemptions through a Qualifying Trust A […]

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Adoption By Estoppel

When a decedent with children leaves no will at the time of death (known as dying intestate), the children of decedent will generally inherit the estate. The Texas Estates Code specifies that a child includes an adopted child, whether the adoption occurred through formal proceedings or an equitable adoption. Tex. Est. Code Ann. § 22.004 […]

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Ancillary Probates in Texas

Probate is governed by state law, and each state has its own statutes in place to facilitate a probate court proceeding. Estates with assets in more than one jurisdiction may require multiple probate proceedings. Generally, the primary probate proceeding occurs in the state where the decedent was domiciled at the time of death. If the […]

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