Texas Estate Planning


By Robin Apostolakis

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Texas Estate Planning provides you with the substantial collection of estate planning documents that every estate planning attorney needs. This book contains more than 90 wills and trusts with alternative clauses and ancillary forms. Lucid text offers ready answers, practical advice, and pitfalls to avoid. The discussion is supported with hundreds of citations to statutes, regulations, and cases. The latest edition of Texas Estate Planning brings you new and updated material—

Non-Probate Assets

  • Transfer on death deeds. §2:53
  • IRA and QRP distribution options after the participant's death. §2:142
  • Conduit Trusts. §2:150

    Durable Power of Attorney

  • Hot powers. §4:10
  • Agent's alteration of estate plan (subject to the grant of hot powers). §4:11
  • Grounds for refusing to accept. §4:22
  • Termination. §§4:60, 4:61

    Declaration for Mental Health Treatment

    • Purpose §4:183
    • Execution requirements. §4:184
    • Termination, revocation and disregard of declaration. §4:185


  • Revocation as a result of divorce. §10:56
  • Appointment of guardian. §10:111

    Tax-Planned Wills for Married Couples

  • Exemption amount. §13:02
  • Exemption portability. §13:04
  • Example: sample tax-planned estate (no portability election). §13:13
  • Descendants predecease spouse. §13:263


  • Problems with using trusts to avoid probate. §20:04
  • Validity of pet trusts in other states. §20:197

    New and Updated Forms

  • Form 2-3, Transfer on Death Deed Form
  • 2-4, Affidavit of Death Form
  • 4-4, Declaration of Mental Health Treatment Form
  • 23-7 Application for Certificate of Title
  • Texas Estate Planning