Letters of Special Administration are used to avoid waste or loss in an estate, especially where an executor has failed to get a prompt start on proceedings.  Here is a real-life example of a question asked of me. My husband and I need to challenge executorship of my mother-in-law’s estate. Her husband is ill and… Read More

Deciding whether to purchase a living trust is difficult. You want to protect your assets for your beneficiaries. In evaluating attorneys or trust companies, try to stick to the facts and be wary of exaggerated claims about their products.  You want to be able to trust your lawyer, and know that they aren’t trying to… Read More

Let me try to summarize very briefly the bottom-line results of the gay-marriage rulings by the U. S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2013. 1. DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act): The court said that the federal government has to treat people who were legally married in their state of residence as a married couple, even… Read More

This morning the U. S. Supreme Court ducked the question of whether same-sex couples have a right to civil marriage under the U. S. Constitution. However, it did so in a way that will uphold a decision by a California District Court that the ban on same-sex marriage under Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. So… can gays… Read More

Not to rain on the anybody’s (pride) parade, but the Supreme Court rulings today did little to advance the goals of same-sex couples. Neither ruling addressed the underlying question: Do same-sex couples have a right to civil marriage? The Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA today is a victory for state’s rights, but not a victory… Read More

On June 25, 2013, speaking about Texas’ attempt to dramatically reduce the ability to obtain an abortion in that state, Governor Perry said: “In Texas, we value all life.” Today, Texas is scheduled to execute its 500th inmate, a woman named Kimberly McCarthy. Texas has accounted for about 40% of the U.S. executions since the… Read More

What should I do before I file for divorce? What estate planning changes should I make? Can I revoke our family trust? Do I need permission from my wife to change beneficiaries? Can I make a new will without my husband?   These are questions I hear from clients referred to me by family law… Read More

…a person does have the option to not to buy health insurance. If they do, their taxes will be raised by a penalty in order to help offset the amount we (the other taxpayers) have to chip in to cover uninsured medical costs every year.… Read More

Attorney Daniel K. Printz will be conducting this workshop that teaches you the ins and outs of wills versus living trusts. By the end of the evening, you will have completed your own holographic will with guardianship designations.… Read More