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What is a Trust?

Most people have heard of trusts but few know exactly what they are. So, what is a trust? A trust is a method of ownership of property that divides management of trust property from ownership of trust property. The trustee holds trust property for the benefit of a beneficiary. The trustee has the fiduciary duty

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DSHS Announces Equal Policies for Vital Records, Birth Certificates

Since the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June, I have been working with several other attorneys on getting the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to update their policies to make them consistent with those of opposite-sex couples with regard to vital records, including birth certificates and death certificates. In August, DSHS released new regulations allowing

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Dying Without a Will in Texas

Dying without a will in Texas is also called dying “intestate.” When a person dies intestate, Texas laws determine who will receive the individual’s property. For property to transfer after death, it usually, though not always, must go through probate. Probate is the process of collecting and transferring title of an individual’s assets following his

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