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...
Heir Property Transfers

Heir Property Transfers

Texas has joined several other states by adopting the Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act.  The Act makes title determinations easier and makes fair market value transfers available. Title Determinations Clearing title to real estate held by multiple heirs, often...

Non-Probate Accounts Pulled Into Probate

In some situations, joint accounts that are otherwise non-probate assets can be brought into the probate estate. The estate executor can recover the non-probate funds from the beneficiaries who received them and can also force financial institutions to provide...