Category: Estate Planning

Larry King’s Holographic Will

Larry King’s Holographic Will Larry King, popular long-time talk show host, passed away on January 23, 2021 at the age of 87. At the time of his death, Mr. King had been married to Shawn Southwick for more than 20 years. The couple had filed for divorce in August 2019, however they were still married [..]

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Importance of a Residue Clause – Planning Your Will

A recent appellate decision (In re Estate of Ethridge, No. 11-17-00291-CV, 2019 Tex. App. LEXIS 9564) reinforces the importance of having a residue clause and of consulting an estate planning attorney when drawing up one’s will. In 1990, Mildred L. Ethridge executed a one-page typewritten will that she drafted without consulting an attorney. In her [..]

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What is a TODD?

For clients who want to avoid having their homes go through probate when they pass, a Transfer on Death Deed (TODD) may be something to consider. It is a deed that is filed while the transferor is still living and enables real property (houses and land) to pass immediately to their beneficiaries upon their death [..]

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Lady Bird Deed

The story goes that the “Lady Bird Deed” or the Enhanced Life Estate Deed, was created by a Florida attorney who was looking for a good tool for his clients to avoid Medicaid claims on their properties. He gave an illustration in a paper of the enhanced life estate deed and arbitrarily named it after [..]

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