Why Most Adults Need an Estate Plan

Why Most Adults Need an Estate Plan

A will or an estate plan is important for most individuals to have. But unfortunately, it is considered an afterthought for many people. Surprisingly, the majority of American adults do not have a will. If tragedy were to strike, this could create a variety of...
No Tortious Interference in Texas

No Tortious Interference in Texas

Whether Texas recognizes a cause of action for tortious interference with inheritance has been unclear for years. This summer, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the cause of action does not currently exist in our state. Past History: The first Texas case to recognize...
Prince Estate Drags On

Prince Estate Drags On

It has been over two years since music star Prince died, and his estate has incurred millions in costs without any distribution to his heirs. Prince died in April of 2016 at age 57 from an accidental drug overdose. He did not have a will, and the litigation over his...
Bank Account Right of Survivorship Fails

Bank Account Right of Survivorship Fails

In a 2017 case from the Tyler Court of Appeals, a signature card on a commonly used form failed to establish a right of survivorship in a bank account. Brief Facts: Both parties to the account initialed the signature card next to the box that said “multiple-party...
New Texas Power of Attorney Act

New Texas Power of Attorney Act

Texas recently adopted much of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, resulting in a significant overhaul of the prior Texas power of attorney statutes. A few of the more significant changes are: Standing to Sue for POA Abuse: As discussed in the October 2016 edition of...