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Common-Law vs. Traditional Marriage in Texas

Many people have a vague idea about common-law marriage, but few understand the legal nuances that separate it from traditional marriage. While common-law marriage affords couples many of the same rights and responsibilities as the more conventional path, each state differs in how they treat common-law partners. Further, it is risky to assume you are in a common-law marriage...

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How Does a Texas Life Estate Work?

A life estate is an ownership agreement over a piece of property. It gives one person the right to remain in possession of the property for the rest of their life and another the right to own the property afterward. The person who holds the life estate for their life is called the life tenant. The person who owns...

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Do I Have to Pay an Inheritance Tax in Texas?

If you are receiving an inheritance, you are probably wondering: Is there an inheritance tax in Texas? Understanding the tax implications of passing down an inheritance is also critical when planning your estate. There is no inheritance tax in Texas. However, if you are inheriting property from a person who lived in another state, you might have to pay...

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Disadvantages of Common-Law Marriage in Texas

Texas law recognizes common-law marriage as valid and enforceable. And although there are a number of pros, there are a few cons of common-law marriage to be aware of as well.  Entering into any marriage is an important decision. Thus, before moving forward with common-law marriage, make sure you have a basic understanding of both the advantages and disadvantages....

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Can Same-Sex Couples Be Married Under Common Law in Texas?

Yes, under Texas law, same-sex common law marriage is permitted. That said, before you move forward with entering into a common law marriage, there are a few things you should know.  In this blog post, we will discuss the history of and requirements for same-sex common law marriage in Texas. When you have questions about common law marriage and...

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What Is the Difference Between Probate and Estate Litigation?

Litigation over inheritance is never pleasant. Families can be torn apart when someone believes they are not receiving their fair share, whether right or wrong. The best strategy is to avoid these situations before they happen by enacting a litigation-proof estate plan. Doing so will save your family money, time, and heartache. An experienced attorney at Robbins Estate Law...

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How Long Does Probate Take in Texas Without a Will?

Texas probate courts handle the distribution of a person’s property if they die and leave property that has not been transferred via trust, joint ownership with a right of survivorship, or direct payments. However, not all of a decedent’s property and debt must go through probate. How long does probating an estate without a will take? The answer depends...

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Common-Law Marriage Misconceptions

Myths and misconceptions about common-law marriage are everywhere. For example, some people worry that just because they live with someone for a certain amount of time, they’re automatically married under common law. Others assume they’re in a common-law marriage because perhaps they own property together. However, a valid common-law marriage in Texas requires proof that you and your spouse...

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What Damages Are Available for Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

A “fiduciary” refers to an individual or entity with a legal duty to act in the best interest of someone else (the beneficiary). These relationships typically arise in the context of a business or professional relationship. However, the idea of a fiduciary relationship has a broad meaning and includes technical and informal relationships that occur whenever one person trusts...

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6 Best Estate Planning Attorneys in Austin

The Internet is one of the most common methods to find an estate planning attorney. Search terms such as “best estate planning attorney in Austin” are among the top inputs. The results that appear toward the top are often directories that include a large number of estate planning attorneys. While some directories and lists may legitimately vet the attorneys...

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