The Houston Family Law Blog

February 2014 Archives

How to Adopt a Child Abroad

In 2012, Texas had the most adoptions finalized abroad, according to the U.S. Department of State's Office of Children's Issues.

But how does international adoption, called "intercountry adoption," work exactly?

Intercountry adoptions involve two major steps: adoption and immigration.

Can Family Members Be Your Will Witnesses?

When drafting a will, it's important to know if family members can be witnesses to your will.

In most states, witnesses to a will aren't allowed to also be named as beneficiaries. Since most wills leave gifts to family members or heirs, having them witness your will could leave it open to challenges or force your family members to lose what you've left them.

So what are the requirements to form a will in Texas? And what happens if your family member is a witness?