Commentary

I sat on the deck here in Kemah and looked out over the Dickinson Bayou, a scenic part of Galveston Bay. The water was peaceful and smooth, the sky was blue, and the fish were jumping. Truly my kind of day. My attention was drawn to the next-door neighbor’s boat slip. The family had a beautiful boat, perfect for riding over the water or fishing with the family. A truck I didn’t recognize was in the yard, and a man I had never seen before was walking down the long pier.

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Q. My father recently passed. Question is, he had made a will with a lawyer but never had it registered. Is the will still valid? What happens if he did not have a will? Does all the property go to the state?

A. A will is valid and enforceable once it is properly prepared and signed. In most cases, a will also is notarized. This is not necessary, but it does make it easier and less expensive to probate the will. A will, however, does not have to be filed or registered to be valid. The attorney may now file the will for probate.

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Entering its second model year with limited changes, the 2016 Kia Sedona continues to offer an attractive design, amenities and value in the minivan segment. For 2016, Sedona offers seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations and is available in five trim levels: L, LX, EX, SX and SXL.

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Infiniti’s luxury crossover, the QX60

With a starting MSRP of $42,600, the popular Infiniti QX60 continues to stand out in the luxury crossover segment with its 3-row utility and premium features.

Seven-passenger luxury

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My mother, Flo Ella Cannon Davis, and Brendan Michael Jones, her great grandson

Mother’s Day has never been a favorite holiday of mine. There are many reasons, but the main one is that I felt I could never please my biological mother with any gift. She always found a way to make me (and others) know that she did not like it or that I did not do my best. That was just my mother.

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James  Holly, M.D.

April 19, 2016, Dr. Michael Oszczakiewicz asked if due to his surgery schedule, I could fill in for him and speak to the Lamar University Pre-Med Club, similar to the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). I agreed. It was great fun.

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James  Holly, M.D.

Join a team

In his remarkable book “The Fifth Discipline,” Dr. Peter Senge, addressed the value and the power of a team. He said:

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to cancer researchers at the Association for Can

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has launched an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on the National Cancer Moonshot effort. Submissions will be considered by a blue ribbon panel of scientific experts and patient advocates as they develop the scientific direction at NCI for the initiative.

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cracked windshield

Q. I was driving down the road when the large truck in front of me kicked up a small stone from the road into my windshield. I filed a claim with the owner of the truck, and it refused to pay. Do I have a case for small claims court? My friend was with me and can testify that she saw the stone thrown from the truck into my windshield.

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Albert Nolen

Taylor made … The oh-so-talented James Taylor was a huge draw at the recent Christus Southeast Texas Foundation 36th Annual Gala. The sold-out fundraiser was held at the Beaumont Civic Center with guests seated at 150 different tables (a huge coup for any fundraiser in this day and time). This humble velvet-voiced gentleman wowed the gigantic crowd for over an hour, and sang a career’s worth of favorite hits that brought back tons of memories for many.

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