Britney Spears Guardianship

Britney Spears Guardianship

Britney Spears reached the top of the pop music charts in 1998 at age 16. In 2008, a guardianship was set up that controlled her finances and personal life for the next 13 years. The guardianship, called a conservatorship in California, came after Spears experienced a...
Divorce at Death, IRA Impact

Divorce at Death, IRA Impact

A Texas appellate court recently included the surviving spouse’s IRA in the probate inventory and awarded half of it to the heirs of the deceased spouse. At death, the community estate divides 50/50 between the surviving spouse and the deceased spouse’s estate. That...
2021 National Pro Bono Celebration

2021 National Pro Bono Celebration

Please join us today from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Smith County Courthouse Annex as Lone Star Legal Aid and the Smith County Bar Foundation honor these six amazing Smith County Volunteer Attorney Recipients with their well-deserved pro bono awards. Our very own Steve...
You Can’t Have It All

You Can’t Have It All

Can a will beneficiary accept benefits under the will and then later contest that same will, hoping to receive more through the contest? According to a 2021 Texas Supreme Court opinion, the answer is no. 1. Facts The will beneficiary accepted a specific bequest of a...
Few Words, Big Impact

Few Words, Big Impact

Sometimes a few simple words can have a huge impact on how estates are distributed. That was true in two recent cases involving the meaning of “personal effects” and “personal property.”   1. Do personal effects include mineral rights? Most of you probably said...