Marijuana and your estate plan

Marijuana and Your Estate Plan

Wait a minute — marijuana is illegal, isn’t it? Why would it factor into your estate plan? Join us for an engaging podcast discussion with our friend Gerry Beyer. Professor Beyer teaches law at the Texas Tech University College of Law. He is a national authority on a number of topics — but especially on,…

Gun trusts

Gun Trusts: Do You Need One?

We occasionally get asked about “gun trusts.” Does everyone who owns a firearm need to think about setting up a gun trust? Or is this something only gun dealers need to worry about? For most casual firearm owners, there’s no need to worry about a separate trust to handle guns. But join us for our…

Springing vs. Surviving Power of Attorney

Springing vs. Surviving Power of Attorney

Springing vs. surviving durable financial powers of attorney: what’s the difference? Which is better? A “springing” power of attorney becomes effective only when the signer becomes incapacitated — lawyers talk about it “springing” into existence. A “surviving” power is immediately effective, and survives even if the signer later becomes incapacitated. Which do you prefer? Join…

Hello in There

Social Distance and “Hello In There”

John Prine was a giant. No one loves his work more than we do. His gems include “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise“, among dozens of others. But since his death last week (from complications of coronavirus), the one we keep hearing, and celebrating, is one that speaks to isolation and loss. “Hello in There” is…

Pet Trusts

Pet Trusts – With Prof. Gerry Beyer

We’re lucky to count Prof. Gerry Beyer among our good friends. He’s the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law at Texas Tech University College of Law. You can imagine that his business cards must be larger than usual — and that’s before he even gets to his academic credentials, accolades and identifiers. Prof.…

Simplify your estate plan

Simplify Your Estate Plan

Everyone wants a “simple” estate plan. But many have complicated notions about distribution of assets. We want to help you simplify your estate plan. We see many clients with fixed ideas about which assets should go to which beneficiaries. Do you have four children? Well, couldn’t you just open four accounts at different financial institutions…

Electronic wills in the era of coronavirus

Electronic Wills in the Era of Coronavirus

Arizona is one of the forward-thinking states authorizing some sort of electronic signing of wills. So what is the status of electronic wills in the era of coronavirus concerns? Turns out it’s not yet ready for the real world. Arizona (and most of the other states at the forefront) still requires witnesses to be physically…