Facts You Should Know about Common Law Marriage and Estate Planning in Texas

Texas is one of a handful of U.S. states to recognize common law marriage. This means if you decide to live with your significant other and hold yourselves out to be married, Texas law may deem you to be husband and wife. If something happens to you before you have updated your will to include your … [Read more...]

Does a Surviving Spouse Have a Right of Election in Texas?

Under Texas’ community property rules, a spouse only has testamentary power over half of the community property assets which are subject to probate. A spouse can’t lawfully dispose of the surviving spouse’s ownership interest in community property, by will or otherwise. A surviving spouse may … [Read more...]