By: Jimmy Dupuis

In response to the COVID-19 disaster, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued two orders allowing parties to notarize certain documents without a physical appearance before a notary public.  The orders suspend multiple statutes that require a face-to-face meeting, and they set out procedures that must be followed using video conference technology.

Estate Planning

This dispute stems from a disagreement within a blended family: Norman married Linda. They subsequently divorced. Norman then married Patricia, who had two children from a prior marriage (the “Butlers”). Patricia then died testate in 2006; Norman never submitted her will to probate. Norman later died testate in 2015.

Linda, as Executrix of Norman’s estate,

Many people complete their estate planning documents, place them in a safe/drawer, and never think about them again. It’s an understandable pattern, but estate planning requires maintenance just like your house, your car, and the rest of your valuable assets.  So when should you review and update your will or trust?

In a perfect world,