“No” Your Rights

I recently found myself discussing a local hospital’s approach to DNR status with a fellow Houston lawyer. He informed me that this hospital (which will go unnamed but let’s just say it’s one of the big three) does not subscribe to the Texas Health and Safety Code, and instead answers only to their in-house ethics committee and the edicts this board releases. One such edict was the subject of our discussion and involved the fact that said hospital automatically institutes …

Good “Will” Hunting

Following the death of Anna Nicole Smith, rumors have flown about whether she had a Will and, if so, what it said. Reports have been released recently that say that Smith drafted a Will that left her entire estate to her son, Daniel, who died approximately 6 months before Smith. Although the specific contents of the Will have not been released at this time, the Will purportedly contains a provision that would cut out any additional children if she bore …

Who’s Your Daddy?

The biggest news item of recent days has been the death of Anna Nicole Smith. As many remember, she was engaged in a messy probate battle of the Will of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. That battled raged in the Harris County probate court for nearly 6 months, and it definitely left its mark on the Houston probate process. Now, in the wake of Smith’s death, questions have arisen about the contents of her Will, the circumstances surround her …