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Many people have expressed fear that this ruling will impact the rights of LGBTQ people in Texas
The marital relationship has wide-ranging impact throughout the legal world. Inheritance, creditor liability, personal liability, tax liability, employment benefits, Medicaid benefits, social security benefits—to name but a few—are all impacted by one’s marital status.
Texas is one of a relatively few states that continues to recognize common law marriage. Because marital status determines division of property upon death, whether you and your partner are in a common law marriage will impact your estate plan and the division of assets upon death.
There are three general ways of revoking a will in Texas: through subsequent writing, by a physical act upon the will, or by operation of law.
In Texas, when an individual named as a beneficiary in a will dies before the person who drafted the will, who takes the gift when this occurs?
Probate is the process of collecting and transferring title of an individual’s assets following his or her death, as well as settling debts owed by the estate.
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