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There are many flavors of motherhood, and I’ve been blessed to experience several of them as a working mother. Working mothers. Mothers with mothers still living. Mothers grieving their mothers. Mothers caring for aging parents. So when I think of Mother’s Day, I do it from...

We have the honor of meeting with hundreds of families each year. As a result, we frequently talk with people in non-traditional next of kin relationship structures. In these cases, it is extremely important for the people to understand what the law says, and doesn’t...

I loved the original version of the TV show “MythBusters.” My family was so captivated by it, we named one of our dogs Buster in the show’s honor. Of course, the concept of myth busting applies to more aspects of life than real-world mysteries and...

Would you like someone other than your Next of Kin make your final cremation arrangements? If so, you can and it is legal. Perhaps you would like a close friend or the future Executor of your estate be responsible. Or, if you have several children,...

Many times, families assume they know who the Next of Kin is but later come to find out they are incorrect. Knowing what Texas considers to be the Next of Kin is often helpful, especially when making direct cremation arrangements. Who is the Legal Next of...

A relative of mine recently found out her father has a terminal illness. They don’t have a close relationship but she’s the one the family designated for making his final arrangements and talking about death. They live outside of Texas but since I am a...