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My mother received a phone call from someone claiming to be an Apple representative. The caller claimed that Apple had detected a breach in my mother’s iCloud account. She asked that my mother provide some sensitive information on the phone and authorize remote access to her computer.

My mother refused. She hung up and called a real Apple support representative,

A Texas durable power of attorney is an important document. It authorizes another person to handle financial affairs on your behalf.

If you don’t have a durable power of attorney and become incapacitated, guardianship may be necessary. Guardianships are expensive and cumbersome and can be avoided with a durable power of attorney.

Generally, you can amend your durable power of

I recently worked with a couple that wanted to make sure that all their worldly possessions passed to the surviving spouse upon their death, and then to their children when both of them died.

Rather than listing out every specific asset they owned, I used a residuary clause to accomplish their goals. They became alarmed when they read their Wills.

After reading a post I had written on the risks of do-it-yourself estate planning, a skeptical reader commented that his friend’s situation contradicted my article.

His friend had written a will on a paper towel leaving his entire estate to his girlfriend. His friend’s ex-wife and three children contested the will to no avail. Despite the efforts of four lawyers

NB: This post is part of a series highlighting wills that contain some interesting, and sometimes bizarre, bequests and stipulations. You can see all these posts here.

Leona Helmsley is often referred to as the “Queen of Mean”, but her dog might disagree.

During her life, she dressed her Maltese Terrier, Trouble, in pricey outfits, including a diamond collar, and

I received a note from someone who said he had gone to court to probate his grandparents’ Wills.

His grandparents signed their Wills in the presence of two witnesses; however, the Wills did not include self-proving affidavits. Consequently, the judge told them that the witnesses had to appear in court to prove the Will was valid.

Unfortunately, one of the

A self-proving affidavit is a sworn statement that accompanies a Will. In the case of an attested Will, the testator and all witnesses sign it in the presence of a notary.

The self-proving affidavit affirms that the testator properly signed the Will in the presence of two witnesses.

Is it Necessary to Include a Self-Proving Affidavit?

The absence of a