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Where Adoption and Inheritance Cross Paths

When a Texan dies without a will, the decedent’s property passes to his or her heirs in accordance with the laws of intestate succession. Adoption may affect inheritance if either the decedent or an heir is a part of what is known as the adoption triad. The adoption triad consists of the biological parents, the […]

The Effects of Divorce on Wills and Estate Plans in Texas

Here is a guide to the legal effects of divorce on Wills, Trust instruments, and financial accounts in Texas.     Wills and Divorce in Texas.  When a person’s marriage is dissolved by divorce, the former spouse cannot receive any payments, benefits or inherit property from that person’s will unless it expressly states otherwise. Not […]

Adoption Law

Ten legal considerations for Texans considering adoption

This article is based on Texas law only. If you are adopting from another state or nation, you should seek appropriate legal counsel licensed by the jurisdiction from which you are adopting.   If you are considering adoption, you may feel excited, overwhelmed, and even concerned. While the excitement is expected and the paperwork is certainly […]