• Rule Against Perpetuities

    Can I first just say, “WHEW!”  I am glad I am not still in law school.  The Rule Against Perpetuities was one of those subjects the law school professor loved to “hide the ball” with us on.  That is to say, confuse us to the point our heads hurt.  The rule Against Perpetuities is a …


  • WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?

    We all procrastinate.  However, when it comes to estate planning, and particularly drafting a Will, it seems to get worse.  Many couples think they are too young to need a Will or any kind of estate planning.  But, as I have discussed in earlier columns and this is driven home to me every time a …


  • Probate Without a Will in Texas

    We Americans relish our freedoms. We want to live how we like, spend our hard-earned money on what we want and carry automatic rifles if we so desire. And we resist when the government tries to interfere with our lives.  However, less than half of all Americans have even the most basic estate planning documents.  …


  • Landlocked Property Myth

    A common legal myth that is often heard in cafes and barber shops around Texas is that property cannot be landlocked because a neighboring landowner is required to allow entry. This is simply false. Understanding this can be important for both the landlocked owners and neighboring landowners so that each party understands his or her rights.


  • Steps for Landowner Liability Protection

    There are a number of steps for a landowner to consider in order to protect himself or herself from liability. Importantly, there is no magic solution that will ensure a landowner will never be liable for injury. Further, there is nothing a landowner can do to prevent a person from filing suit against the landowner.


  • Landowner Liability

    Landowner Liability

    A common concern for any Texas landowner is when they may be held liable if someone is injured on their property. Landowners often ask, “What can I do to protect myself in the event this occurs?” It is important for landowners to understand the duty the law imposes on them for each person entering their land. Additionally, there are a number of steps landowners can take in order to protect themselves and their operations from liability. This week I will deal with a look at the most common legal claims.


  • What Do You Own?

    Crazy question What do you own?  The starting point for any Texas landowner in considering the legal issues he or she may face is to consider what the landowner actually owns.  This week’s column will address some of the aspects of ownership. When land is acquired, through purchase or otherwise, a good starting point for …


  • Don’t Look Now, but its Estate Tax May be Changing

    As we watch the Houston Astros approach the end of the regular season, folks in Washington D.C. are talking about two significant changes that could affect us all. Senator Bernie Sanders has sponsored the 99.5 Percent Act (99.5% Act) and the Biden Administration is working on the Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion (STEP) Act.  While …


  • Building, Replacing & Maintaining Fences

    An area of law I am often questioned about revolves around building, replacing and maintaining fences. So I thought it would be an excellent subject for a column this week.  Texas law does not require neighboring landowners to share in the costs or future maintenance of a boundary fence, unless a landowner has agreed to …


  • CONTRACTS FOR DEED – A BAD OPTION

    In the past, a common method of seller financing was through a Contract for Deed. In this transaction the seller and purchaser enter into an agreement that the purchaser will make payments over time and once a certain amount is paid the seller will deed the property to the purchaser. If you have previously or …


  • DON’T BE A SHADETREE “ATTORNEY”

    You would not believe what I have found right here in Walker County, Texas with regards to property records. Hand written, homemade, or instruments that have nothing to do with what they state they are, all purporting to convey property. Just this week, I had a family trying to refinance their property. Issue was, a …


  • Texas Farm Animal Liability Act

    On June 4, 2021, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 365, which modified the Farm Animal Liability Act (FALA) to ensure that it does apply to working ranches and in situations involving injured ranchers and ranch hands, among other changes. All ranch owners should pay careful attention to the changes which modify the scope of application …


  • Dying Young Without a Will

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. Just this past week our community lost another young soul. Please remember …


  • IMPORTANCE OF HOME INSPECTIONS

    I enjoy reading my friend Mike Bradley’s Facebook post on home inspections. While they are humorous on the one hand, it is sad to think some homes are not inspected and expensive issues not found. Home inspections are a visual evaluation of a home from roof to foundation (Possibly basement, but rare in Texas). It’s …


  • Welcome to Texas! Have you reviewed your Estate Plan?

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstance. Texas is experiencing a great deal of influx of people from other …


  • DUTIES OF AN EXECUTOR

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. One of the most important functions a person can perform for their …


  • Medicaid in 2021

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. One of the greatest concerns for my clients is that they may …


  • Beware of Reverse Mortgages

    While I love Tom Selleck and his Sackett movies, I do not believe he (or anyone in Hollywood) should be giving me financial advice. There is currently a marketing blitz targeting seniors to entice them into reverse mortgages. But, like the old saying goes, “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.” …


  • Frequently Asked Questions About Guardianships

    While I am an advocate for the use of a Power of Attorney to avoid guardianships, I realize there are times when a guardianship cannot be avoided. Therefore, in this week’s column I will address some of the more frequently asked questions regarding guardianships. How does one go about initiating a guardianship? Any interested party …


  • So You Want To Build a House

    Last night I took my youngest son, Billy, to a Huntsville Independent School District Meeting. He is working on his Eagle Scout requirement and needed to attend a public meeting. Last night’s topic was on the recently passed bond and an overview of the construction process moving forward. While a very exciting time in Huntsville, …


  • What Should You Bring to Your Estate Planning Attorney?

    When making the first appointment with clients to discuss their estate plan we are commonly asked “What should I bring?” Therefore, I thought that would be a good subject for this week’s column. Your first meeting with an estate planning attorney can be daunting. Nobody really enjoys talking about their own death with a complete …


  • Experience and Training Make the Difference in Estate Planning

    Editor’s Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. This week I reviewed a client’s estate plan with her …


  • Do You Really Need an Estate Planning Attorney?

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. There is a widespread misconception that estate planning is simply a method …


  • ALZHEIMER DEMENTIA PLANNING

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. In previous columns, I explained the importance of having a Durable Power …


  • WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE, DEBT COLLECTORS

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. In a letter to a debtor intended to prompt payment of $250 …


  • BUSINESS START-UP CHECKLIST

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. Both heart and mind must be working well if the owners of …


  • TRIGGERS TO REVIEWING YOUR ESTATE PLAN

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstance. Future changes in your circumstances could affect the efficacy of your Wills …


  • Telecommuting and Unemployment

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. While telecommuting has been around awhile now, we live in a whole …


  • Being Prepared in an Emergency

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. Previously, I have written about the importance of having a Texas power …


  • The Comfort That Comes With Planning Ahead

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. While Will contests and trust litigation do not happen often, it can …


  • Importance of Reading Your Insurance Policy

    Recently a couple consulted with me regarding their bed and breakfast. While they normally do not go beyond the nightly bed and breakfast, they recently leased out their property for a wedding. Unfortunately, a guest has claimed to have been injured at the wedding. While their contract called for the lessee to provide insurance for …


  • Probating Your Spouse’s Will

    A common misconception is that you do not have to probate a Will when your spouse dies. Cheryl P. Rose’s column, Title Issues Can Complicate Real Estate Transactions, in the Senior Living section of this week’s Houston Chronicle, has some excellent points on why you must probate your spouse’s Will. Probate or estate administration is …


  • Clouds on Title to Real Estate

    What would you do if you found out someone filed a fraudulent deed with regards to your property? A deed filed by a minor or a person forging a signature of a deceased person purporting to convey the property. Such a fraudulent deed is a void deed, but that does not mean it has no …


  • What is a Trust?

    I am often asked to review out of state or older trust, so this week I thought I would discuss what a trust is and a few of the basic types of trust. A trust is a legal instrument that transfers title to designated property from the owner, called the donor or grantor, to a …


  • Estate Planning Is Essential

    I heard today on the radio that people who are perpetually late live longer. If that is the case, I’m going to live a long time. In fact, in study done in 2000 said there was a 75% probability for men living to the age of 78, 50% probability of living to 85 and a …


  • A Guide for Getting Started on Your Estate Planning

    You’ve heard all the arguments in favor of estate planning, you know it’s the right thing to do, you want to get your planning done… you just aren’t sure how to get started. This is understandable; estate planning can feel like an overwhelming endeavor when you’re presented with everything at once. The trick to getting …


  • THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, LEGALLY SPEAKING

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a smile during this holiday season.  Any readers with a legal problem should lighten up this week, life is precious, so enjoy your family and friends now and join the real world after January 4, 2021. It is time again for …


  • GET OUT AND VOTE

    The information in this column is not intended as political opinion or promotion but to provide an incentive to VOTE. Well, here we are in the middle of what may be the greatest voter turnout in history. It is exciting to see. For the next 2 weeks you can early vote in the 2020 election …


  • Alzheimer Dementia Planning

    In previous columns, I explained the importance of having a Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney and a Directive to Physicians, Family and Surrogates (commonly referred to as a Living Will). While I often advise clients on the benefits of these instruments, I want to stress the importance of these documents if you …


  • Amending the Irrevocable

    I see many clients who have created revocable trust, sold to them by someone promising tax and probate savings. However, the proper trust to achieve estate tax advantages is a lifetime Irrevocable Trusts. The assets in a Irrevocable Trust pass upon death free of estate tax. To achieve the estate tax advantages, the client needs …


  • The Danger of Homemade Wills

    A week or so ago, I read an obituary that reminded me that although the death of a loved one often brings families closer, it can often bring out animosities among family members that has long simmered. The unusual obituary started, “We are so grateful you have finally escaped the evil clutches of the greedy, …


  • Will Contest While Rare Are Messy

    While watching a law school classmate of mine handle a disputed estate in Fort Bend County, it occurred to me the best way to avoid a Will contest is to have a well written Will prepared by an attorney who can help you avoid potential conflicts. This week I will discuss reasons for contesting a …


  • Make Sure You Talk to Your Doctor and Family

    As hot as it is this summer, and its only the end of June, this maybe a good time to reorganize the closets, clean out those old files in the cabinet, and get rid of all those boxes in the garage. Call it “Extended Spring Cleaning” if you will. Anytime someone “Spring Cleans” seems to …


  • Steps to Help Get Started on Estate Planning

    You need an estate plan. This is true even if you don’t have a lot of assets. It’s also true if you’re young, or if you don’t have close family members. Estate planning means preparing for the inevitabilities of life. People get sick or hurt, and you need a plan in place to determine what …


  • What is a Survey?

    One of the more common questions I get asked is “Do I need a survey for this transaction?” or “Will my old survey work?” In true lawyer-fashion….the answer depends. It is very important to have a good legal description of the property when performing a title exam. A street address or Tax I.D. number are …


  • Frequently Asked Questions About Guardianships

    While I am an advocate for the use of a Power of Attorney to avoid guardianships, I realize there are times when a guardianship cannot be avoided. Therefore, in this week’s column I will address some of the more frequently asked questions regarding guardianships. How does one go about initiating a guardianship?Any interested party may …


  • Seller Financing The Deal

    Occasionally, I still run into an old Contract For Deed for clients. In this outdated form of a transaction, the seller and purchaser enter into an agreement or contract stating that the purchaser will make payments over time and once a certain amount is paid the seller will deed the property to the purchaser. I …


  • Do I Need To Probate This Will?

    One of the more common questions I am asked is “Do I need to probate this Will?” Many times, when a spouse passes away, the surviving spouse is given misinformation that they do not need to probate their deceased spouse’s Will because they were married. This is not the rule of law. Unfortunately, many surviving …


  • Gifting Is An Estate Planning Tool

    The wisdom of making a Will is well settled as sound legal advice, and rightly so. Less talked about, but equally advisable for many people, is the use of gifts during one’s lifetime as a method for estate planning. Apart from the intangible benefits that flow from the fact that, as the saying goes, it …


  • Double Trouble- Truth in Lending, Crooked Casino Loses Big

    Bait and Switch ScamIn a variation on the typical “bait-and-switch” scheme, a bank made a promotional offer of a “no annual fee” credit card, then changed the terms mid-year to require such a fee. A credit card holder sued the bank under the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). She alleged a violation of the …


  • Steps to Help Get Started on Estate Planning

    You need an estate plan. This is true even if you don’t have a lot of assets. It’s also true if you’re young, or if you don’t have close family members. Estate planning means preparing for the inevitabilities of life. People get sick or hurt, and you need a plan in place to determine what …


  • Buy-Sell Agreements for Small Business

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. I have handled many sales or purchases of small businesses. Therefore, I …


  • Purple Paint and Boundary Lines

    I am asked quite often “where do you come up with your articles?” or “Do you purchase your articles?” The truth is from my clients. Almost every article I have written came from a question one of my clients asked. It occurred to me long ago that if this person has this question, then someone …


  • Signing a Will is Important

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. About a year or so ago, I wrote an article explaining that …


  • Medicaid In 2020

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. One of the greatest fears of older Americans is that they may …


  • How to Avoid a Contested Probate

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. I, like many elder law attorneys, spend a large part of my …


  • Important VA Benefits

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. Millions of veterans and their families are eligible for Veterans Benefits but …


  • How to Help Get the Most for Your House

    The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. Despite the doom and gloom you hear on the national news each …


  • Business Start-Up Checklist

    Let’s face it, not everyone is cut out to be a captain of industry, or even captain of a small business. Maybe you need not subject yourself to an intensive psychological and life-experiences evaluation, but be honest with yourself about whether you have the necessary characteristics, skills, and experience. A few examples give you the …


  • What to do when your child turns 18!

    birthday cake

    A parent generally feels as though they are losing control of their teenage child. But when he/she turns 18, then the state considers your child to be an adult with the legal right to govern his or her own life. Yikes! Becoming independent is all part of growing up. However, most parents are still footing …


  • Now is not the time to panic

    Covid virus

    As we all watch the multiple news channels and reports coming out almost hourly, I recalled a scene from one of my favorite Pixar movies, Monsters, Inc. In this scene, a news correspondent says “It is my professional opinion that now is the time to panic!” As he raises his arms and waives them.


  • Common Types of Estate Documents

    will document

    Have you ever noticed that the names of many estate planning devices sound the same ? There are Wills, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Crummey Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Family Trusts, powers of attorney and powers of appointment.


  • Aunt Pearl’s Fear of the Dark

    coffin with lights

    Earlier this week, a good friend of mine sent me a joke that revolved around the death of Aunt Pearl. It seems Aunt Pearl was scared of the dark her whole life, so she asked in her Will that a light be put in her casket, an electric line run underground and a sensor put in place so if the light ever went out they could dig the casket up and replace it. I hear some pretty unique request for Wills, but nothing quite like Aunt Pearl.


  • Dying Without a Will in Texas

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    Many people may assume that if they are married and die without a Will in Texas, their surviving spouse will inherit their entire estate. This is not always the case. How their property is divided depends on whether it is characterized as community property or separate property.


  • Leading by Example and Estate Planning

    Whether or not you already have a family, getting your personal affairs in order is a must. None of us know what life has in store for us. Fortunately, I survived my 20’s, but the losses I have witnessed my friends and clients experience have taught me, the sooner you start planning, the more prepared you will be for life’s unexpected twists and turns.


  • Estate Planning for the Nontraditional Family

    Both unmarried opposite-sex partners and same-sex partners will want to provide protection for their relationship and for the other partner in the event one partner becomes incapacitated. Legally married or not, due to the controversial nature of these relationships, these partners will need to create legal documents which allow the non-disabled partner to care for and manage the disabled partner’s affairs. Unfortunately, many families are not ready to accept these lifestyles and the potential for conflict exists.


  • What is Philanthropy?

    As a legal entity, a private foundation has corporate and tax filings to maintain on a regular basis and myriad administrative tasks that go with any corporate endeavor. The overhead costs alone are typically too expensive and time-consuming for most of us, as individuals or as families, to establish such a philanthropic structure. You want your giving to achieve the most bang for the buck.


  • Worries of the Sandwich Generation

    I urge you, whether you find yourself taking care of parents and young children or even if you have no children, make the time to sit down with an attorney experienced in estate planning. Such an attorney should be trained and familiar with estate planning and probate. The advice they provide will assist you in making the best and least complicated plan to take care of both parents and children if that is the need.


  • Is a Change to the Estate Tax on the Horizon?

    President Obama has come out with a comprehensive plan for changes that could take away many of the strategies that save families estate taxes.  Annual exclusion gifts, generation-skipping trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and many more estate tax vehicles are in his target.


  • Medicaid Estate Recovery Program MERP

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    There is no free lunch. These words ring true when it comes to Medicaid. Since 2005, the state is allowed to recover some of the Medicaid money spent on individuals by tapping patients’ estates after they die. In most cases, the most valuable asset is the home.On March 1, 2005, Texas implemented the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program in compliance with federal Medicaid laws. The program is managed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.


  • ENSURE YOUR FINANCIAL PRIVACY

    There is a federal law that affords consumers significant say over the privacy of their financial information while still allowing financial institutions to share information for normal business purposes. This Act covers banks, savings and loan institutions, credit unions, insurance companies, securities firms, and even some retailers and automobile dealers that extend or make arrangements for consumer credit.


  • Co-Owning Property in Texas May Have Unforseen Issues

    Attorneys often face co-ownership issues when advising on inheritance and probate avoidance. Inheritance in such cases may be determined by express language in a deed or a last will and testament, or in the absence of either, by intestacy provisions of the Estates Code. In some circumstances a co-owner may have no survivorship rights at all.


  • Frequently Asked Questions About Guardianships

    While I am an advocate for the use of a Power of Attorney to avoid guardianships, I realize there are times when a guardianship cannot be avoided. Therefore, in this week’s column, I will address some of the more frequently asked questions regarding guardianships.


  • Stop Inheritance Feuds Before They Start

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak STOP INHERITANCE FEUDS BEFORE THEY START The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular …


  • What are Nonprobate Assets?

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak WHAT ARE NONPROBATE ASSETS The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.  One …


  • Business Start-Up Checklist

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak BUSINESS START-UP CHECKLIST The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.  Both heart …


  • HOW TO AVOID A CONTESTED PROBATE

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak How to Avoid a Contested Probate The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular …


  • Learning From Celebrity Mistakes

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak  Learning From Celebrity Mistakes  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstance.  Normally, …


  • CONTRACTS FOR DEED – A BAD OPTION

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak  CONTRACTS FOR DEED – A BAD OPTION  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their …


  • Pets ARE Family

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak Pets ARE Family The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Some of the information in this column was provided by the Humane Society of the United States.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those …


  • An Executor’s Role


  • Did They Really Do That?

        “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak Did They Really Do That? The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their …


  • New HIPAA Rule

      “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak New HIPAA Rule The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.  The …


  • MULTIPLE PARTY ACCOUNTS

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak Multiple Party Accounts The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. I have …


  • PLANNING TO LIVE LONGER

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak  PLANNING TO LIVE LONGER  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstance.  A …


  • When Do I Start Elder Planning?

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak When Do I Start Elder Planning?   The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their …


  • ESTATE PLANNING TO DO LIST

      “THE LEGAL CORNER”  By Sam A. Moak  ESTATE PLANNING TO DO LIST The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular …


  • Disposition of Remains

    “THE LEGAL CORNER”  By Sam A. Moak  Disposition of Remains The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. You might …


  • Danger of Adding Others to Your Accounts

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak Danger of Adding Others to Your Accounts The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their …


  • EXCLUDED HEIRS MAY STILL INHERIT

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak  EXCLUDED HEIRS MAY STILL INHERIT The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. …


  • THE IMPORTANCE OF THE “AS IS” CLAUSE IN EARNEST MONEY CONTRACTS

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak THE IMPORTANCE OF THE “AS IS” CLAUSE IN EARNEST MONEY CONTRACTS The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney …


  • Estate Planning with Long-term Care Insurance

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak Estate Planning with Long-term Care Insurance  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular …


  • Dying Without A Will in Texas

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak Dying Without a Will in Texas The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular …


  • Probate Options in Texas

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak PROBATE OPTIONS IN TEXAS The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Some of the information in this column was prepared by the State Bar of Texas and is reprinted in this column with permission.  Any …


  • AMERICAN TAXPAYER RELIEF ACT OF 2012

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak AMERICAN TAXPAYER RELIEF ACT  The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. At …


  • IS THERE A REASON I SHOULDN’T GIFT MY HOME?

    “THE LEGAL CORNER” By Sam A. Moak IS THERE A REASON I SHOULDN’T GIFT MY HOME? The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice …


  • COMMON LAW MARRIAGE

    “The Legal Corner” By Sam A. Moak Common Law Marriage   The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law.  Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances. The …


  • GRAVE CONSEQUENCES: 14th Court Says Graveyard Not Abandoned

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