North Texas, especially North Dallas, is becoming the business startup epicenter that Silicon Valley was in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. People are moving here from all parts of the USA and from around the world for the big tech and healthcare companies that are relocating here. These are people that have a great work ethic, are highly intelligent in their field, and never stop having new ideas. They’re creating

I get several calls a month from people saying that they don’t understand why they need to probate their mom’s estate (or their spouse’s, dad’s, brother’s, sister’s estate) because before they died their mom signed a Power of Attorney naming them as their mom’s agent. Or, even worse, they call and say they’ve already taken care of their deceased loved one’s estate using the Power of Attorney. What they don’t

Payment on Death Beneficiary Accounts, also known as P.O.D. accounts, have been gaining in popularity over the last several years. A P.O.D. account designation is a contract between you and your financial institutions that upon your death, the financial institution agrees to pay whatever money is in the account at the time of your death to your listed beneficiaries. It acts the same way a life insurance policy does. It

Many people come into our office and are adamant that they need a trust. They aren’t sure what kind of trust, or what exactly a trust does, but they know they need one. More and more, I find myself explaining to them that they don’t really need a trust. Often, they will spend more money and more time in upkeep of a trust over the years than it’s really worth.

A lot of things end at the time of divorce, not just a marriage.   If you’ve been smart and had an estate plan prepared while you’re married, you now need to be proactive again. Upon divorce, many documents cease to have their same effect. That can often be a good thing, but it can leave holes in your estate plan if you’re not aware of the changes.   For

Besides the pride of owning your own home…along with the taxes, homeowner’s insurance, paying for your own repairs, mowing your lawn…you also get certain protections and benefits that aren’t given to renters. Most, though not all, of these protections and benefits are only available if you have filed a Homestead Designation with your local county appraisal district office. Once you’ve filed the Homestead Designation, then you’re entitled to a homestead

Here at Regan & Frisbie Law Firm, we try to keep you updated on new changes to the law that could affect you. Whether it’s Probate, Guardianship, Business Law, LLC formations, or Estate Planning, we try to keep you as informed as possible to the daily changes to the law. One of the new changes to the Texas Estates Code is the removal of the family exemption from the background

The Texas Estates Code attempts to protect the surviving spouse and minor children of the Deceased by listing specifically exempt property. This exempt property is set aside by the Probate Court despite the wishes of the heirs or directions of a Will. This protection is especially valuable in split families, where the adult children don’t like their dad’s new gold-digging wife or mom’s new dead-beat husband. If the dad were

The new Texas Estates Code replaced the thirty year old Texas Probate Code a few years ago and with it came many updates. One of the updates has been the Affidavit in Lieu of Inventory. This Affidavit can be filed by the Executor in place of the Inventory and provides greater privacy to the estate and to the heirs. As probate estate documents are normally public records, many people disliked

It happens more often than people think: Dad is sick and hasn’t seen his kids for years…his new wife encourages him to update his Will to reflect his new marriage status and love. Dad eventually dies and the children are less than happy to find out that their new Stepmom is the sole beneficiary of their Dad’s estate. Feeling robbed and outraged, they want to contest the new Will. Is