Celebrity Divorce Train Wrecks

Forbes.com recently featured an article we wrote about our celebrity-based Trial & Heirs‘ Top Five Estate Planning Tips for Divorcees. Here is a shortened version. For the entire article, click here. Update your will and/or trust.  Life events like divorces are a critical time to update all estate planning documents with an experienced attorney. Don’t forget […]

How to Plan for the Future While Estate Tax Debate Continues in the Senate

With all the estate tax proposals currently floating around the Senate the future of the estate tax is anybody’s guess… but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying to figure it out. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal touches on some of the more recent (and more controversial) proposals floating around Washington. The proposal […]

“For Richer or For Poorer, Till Death Do Us Part” Includes Retirement

“I take you to be my lawfully wedded spouse, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.” These aren’t just sweet words designed to bring a […]

Can You Really Afford Long-Term Care Insurance?

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance recently released a report on the costs of long-term care insurance, and the results were surprising.  Most people mistakenly believe that long-term care insurance is going to be expensive and difficult; but in fact, according to the report, “over one-fourth [of buyers under the age of 61] paid […]

The Estate Planning Needs of Women

We’re all about equality, but the fact is that women have different estate planning needs than men.  Whether they’re single or married, have children or no children, women have different things to think about when it comes to estate planning. This means that women need to be involved in the planning process: Express their own […]

It’s a Dog’s Life

There seems to be some confusion nowadays about whether “a dog’s life” refers to a life of ease or toil, but for these wealthy canine heirs life is definitely the former!  Whether it’s a wealthy eccentric leaving millions to a dear canine companion or whether it’s a lover of animals leaving a portion of their […]

More News About the Repealed Estate Tax

Six months into 2010 and the estate tax repeal is still making news.  This time it’s a story about Texas billionaire Dan L. Duncan who died in March, leaving all of his billions to his spouse, family and various charitable organizations… and none to the government: “Had his life ended three months earlier, Mr. Duncan’s […]

Options Abound With Out-of-State Trusts

If you have a family trust—or are considering creating a family trust—to protect your assets you may want to ask your attorney about creating an out of state trust. It’s a grantor’s market (so to speak) and creating a trust these days doesn’t mean you have to simply accept the tax laws of your state […]

Getting a Divorce? There’s an App for That

Dallas divorce lawyer and Dallas app developer team up for iPhone Do It Yourself divorce apps. A Dallas family law specialist and a Dallas-based app developer have teamed up for a series of do-it-yourself divorce apps for the iPhone. You can read the story here. In May, the Divorceapps.com crew released the Divorce Cost & […]

How To Choose Your Executor or Personal Representative

Serving as someone’s executor or personal representative is a HUGE job, and not for the faint of heart.  Although it is commonly considered an honor, there is a lot of work involved, and an executor must have a great capacity for organization, attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and more.  You may be tempted to name […]