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  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: June 12, 2019

Star Wars fans in Texas might be interested in learning about the estate of Carrie Fisher, the late actress who played Princess Leia in the series. Fisher, who died at age 60 in December 2016, left some relatively specific estate planning instructions. According to news reports, she asked in her will that her estate should be placed in the Carrie…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: April 24, 2019

Being appointed the executor of a will brings many responsibilities. Texas residents who are appointed as executors often need to secure the will holder's home and other assets, notify beneficiaries, probate the will and file estate and income tax returns. Attorneys and financial advisors can help executors of wills with many of these tasks. It can be easy for an…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: October 10, 2018

Many people in Texas expect to inherit money from their families at some point. In Milwaukee, a family sued in probate court over a $1.6 million inheritance that had been left to the financial adviser of a deceased millionaire. The family was awarded most of the inheritance in a settlement, leaving the financial adviser with only about $150,000, enough to…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: April 10, 2018

Texas residents who have been selected to be the executor of an estate must complete several tasks. For instance, it will be necessary to obtain a copy of any existing will and submit it to the proper court. The executor will also need to account for and locate the entirety of the deceased person's estate, and this could mean searching…Read More