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Do you need a trust if you have a will?

Even if you have a will, almost all estate assets are subject to legal proceedings before they are distributed. Long legal battles can quickly complicate financial matters. If you would like to ensure your estate is fairly and accurately distributed, a trust could be right for you. 

Judge's Ruling - Impacting High Speed Rail

A ruling made this month by a San Leon Judge, Deborah Evans, could have major implications for the proposed high speed rail between Houston and Dallas, by preventing the rail line developers, Texas Central, from using "Eminent Domain" for acquiring land for the project when landowners don't want to sell their land voluntarily. The company contends it has authority under the Texas law, but a Leon county judge disagrees. Texas Central isn't actually a railroad company; therefore they do not have the authority to sell or provide access to their properties. That ruling came in the case of a Leon county couple who sued after the company wanted to survey on their property.

Houston's Grand Parkway Receives $605 Million Federal Loan For Further Expansion

Upon completion, the Grand Parkway will make a 180-mile loop around greater Houston. Portions of the massive toll road are currently open, but to finance the next phase of construction, the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $605 million loan to Grand Parkway Transportation Corporation, to build the road. Funds will be used for two eastern segments between U.S. 59 and I-10 - that's the portion that goes into Liberty and Chambers Counties. The new lanes will add about 44 miles to the project and they're expected to be finished in 2022 as construction is already underway. This investment will aid regional and local agencies to develop the infrastructure that best meets the needs of their communities, increase connectivity, alleviate congestion, and enhance safety. Currently, drivers can take the Grand Parkway from Sugar Land north to the Eastex Freeway. A portion of the toll road is also open near Baytown. Please Call: (281) 341-5577 for more information.

When can a will be contested in Texas?

Losing a loved one is always hard. Maybe your loved was sick for a long time, or perhaps he or she passed suddenly. No matter how they passed on, it is impossible to prepare for such a tremendous loss. One comfort is knowing your loved one is at peace.

As you move through the grieving process, you are likely experiencing many emotions. However, surprise is not one emotion you expected to experience. But learning you were almost entirely cut out, or completely cut out, of your loved one's will is a surprise. You were close over the years, and he or she indicated you would be remembered in the will. Now you are unsure what to do. Here is what you need to know about contesting a will in Texas.

The Process of Eminent Domain

Eminent domain is a term that keeps coming up in the news but what does it mean? The power of eminent domain is the taking of private property by public entities, without the consent of the landowner. The process of eminent domain is called condemnation. Public entities include the city, county, state or federal government as well as private companies. These entities are referred to as condemning authorities.

Celebrity or not, estate planning is important

The recent death of Aretha Franklin highlights the importance of estate planning. Ms. Franklin died without a will or trust in place. Her attorney said that he constantly advised her to set up a trust. Ms. Franklin was not married at the time of her death and she is survived by four sons. Under Michigan law, her estate will be divided between her four children. While Ms. Franklin will Ms. Franklin may be the latest celebrity to die without a will but she is certainly not the only one.

Eminent Domain may close Texas park and butterfly center

The federal government is utilizing its eminent domain power to seize land for the U.S./Mexico border wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build thirty-three miles of barrier in Starr County and Hidalgo County. They have started notifying landowners in these counties of the government's plans to take the land.

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