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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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