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A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION WITHOUT THE

PRESENCE OF A WILL
NISANDI SILVA, ISM FALL 2017, MRS. CLICK

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MENTOR INTRODUCTION SLIDE

Mentors name: Tal Hammock


Facts about mentor:
Practiced for 22 years
Went to South Texas College of law- Houston
Has Doctorate of Juris Prudence.
Required to do 15 hours of continuing education every year
He enjoys helping people with their legal problems
He is very involved in youth sports leagues
location: Hammock Law Firm, 1002 Gemini Ave #100, Houston, TX 77058
Mentors profession: Law
Career of study: Law
WHAT IS ISM? AND WHAT ARE THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS?
What is ISM: Upper classmen students explore their career interests and work with a mentor to gain real world
experience as part of this course.
Course requirements:
1. Complete an in-depth mentorship/study in an area of interest (must be approved by ISM teacher)
2. 2. Document a minimum of 3 hours of mentorship each week (Mentorship Activity Log)
3. 3. Complete a Journal Entry each week documenting mentorship experiences (ISM Journal)
4. 4. Complete an ISM Professional Portfolio (online format/Weebly) showcasing assignments completed during the
course and the final project
5. 5. Complete all of the required assignments (See YAG and ISM Grading Sheet)
6. 6. Complete a Mid-Term Presentation (must include PowerPoint or Prezi)
7. 7. Develop a final product and presentation at the collegiate/professional level that is presented to a panel of
graders at the conclusion of the semester (must include PowerPoint, visuals, completed product, portfolio and
handouts (See Product Guidelines section for guidance). The final presentation will count as the FINAL EXAM
Grade for this course. The grade is based on the Mentors Evaluation 50% and Grader Evaluations 25% each of
the presentation.
WHY I CHOSE THIS CAREER CHOICE AND PROJECT TOPIC

Ever since my grandfather read me a book regarding Abraham Lincoln, I knew at age
five becoming a lawyer is what I wanted to do. Since that day, I read as many books
about Abraham Lincoln as I possible could. But later as I got older, I realized that I
idolized him because he helped so many people gain freedom. I chose this career to be
mentored in not only to gain experience on my life long career choice but to learn ways I
could make a difference in various peoples lives. I chose my project to be about probate
law because I always had questions about how a will would evenly be divided if the
deceased left a will or not.
MY PROJECT: A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION WITHOUT THE
PRESENCE OF A WILL

What is a will?

A will allows someone to distribute their


Property according to their wishes
MY PROJECT: A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION WITHOUT THE
PRESENCE OF A WILL

How important is a will?

Having a will allows you, rather than state


laws, to decide who gets your property when you die
MY PROJECT: A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION WITHOUT THE
PRESENCE OF A WILL
What happens when there is no will?

When you die leaving no will, that means you died intestate. How your property will
be distributed is based on the state laws in which you reside in. The laws of intestate
succession depends on if you were single, married or had children. Generally, your
property will be distributed to your heirs, but if you had no relatives, your property is
the states now.
MY PROJECT: A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION WITHOUT THE
PRESENCE OF A WILL

How is property divided when there is no will?


MY PROJECT: A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION WITHOUT THE
PRESENCE OF A WILL

What is real property, personal property, community and Sperate property?

Real property: Property that is physically stuck to the ground


Personal property: Everything else you own
Community property: Property you owned during a marriage
Separate property: property you owned before a marriage
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RESEARCH
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY?

Real property is anything that is physically stuck to the ground


It cannot be movable
Some examples are, houses, land, flowers until theyre picked, buildings
Personal property is everything you own
They are not attached to land
Some examples are car, furniture, bank accounts, clothes, flowers after being picked
A difference between the two is that personal can be hidden but real cannot
RESEARCH
HOW DOES ONE APPROACH A CASE NOT INCLUDING A WILL?

Every state has interstate succession laws that divide up property to the deceased persons next kin
There needs to be named an executor when there is no will
State provides a list of all eligible people
Most states names surviving spouse the executor
Only surviving spouse and blood relatives inherit
Unmarried partners, friends and Charites do not inherit assets. They get nothing
Surviving spouse usually inherits the largest shares
If there are no children, then the spouse gets everything
If there are no children or surviving spouses, then relatives inherit the assets
If there are no relatives, children or spouses, then the state gets everything
RESEARCH

RESEARCH
HOW IS PROPERTY EVENLY DIVIDED WHEN THERE IS NO WILL?

Community property
Income of both spouses
Property purchased during the marriage
All property is classified in Texas as community or
separate property Furniture bought during the marriage
Property someone owned before marriage is separate Cars bought during the marriage
property
Separate property
Property someone owned during a marriage is
community property Income earned before marriage
Property owned before marriage
Furniture bought before marriage
Cars bought before marriage
PRODUCT

I will make a case file for my supplement product


CURRENT EVENT
Heres who will most likely inherit Hugh Hefners millions, September 28, 2017
Summary
This article starts off by stating Hugh Hefners credentials and includes that day he died and his age. Hugh
Hefners estimated wealth at the time of his death was $50 million. Hefner owned 35% of the Playboy brand and a
100% of the magazine. He owned 70% of the Playboy stock but sales did decrease at a point in time. All that aside,
when he died, everyone questioned who inherits his fortune. His four children, David Hefner, Marston Hefner,
Christie Hefner, CEO of Playboy Enterprises until 2009, and Cooper Hefner, Playboys chief creative officer will
inherit his fortune. His wife, Crystal Hefner will unfortunately not inherit any of his fortune. She signed an iron-
clad prenuptial agreement.

Connection to essential question


My project is essentially a mix of family and probate law. Im discussing what happens when there is a will and no
will. In This case, Hugh Hefner did have a will and nothing about his fortune being divide was messy. This article
talked about who gets his fortune and who doesnt. I talk about in my project, how assets are divided equally when
there is no will and if there is a will. Since this article is about an inheritance, that means someone died, meaning
its probate law. Im currently studying probate and based on what I have learned already, he was lucky that he died
with a will. Otherwise, his wife could have inherited some of his fortune.
CONCLUSION

Many people, including myself, believed that when they become an attorney, its exactly
like what you see on television. I thought there are a lot of high profile cases and that
lawyers are in the courtroom all the time. During my mentorship, I learned that in
reality is there is so much paperwork! The day to day tasks are much more mundane
than what you see on television. I think it was probably for the best to learn that now
rather than later.
THANK YOU!!!!

I would like to thank Mr. Hammock for taking time out of his busy schedule to mentor
me, even though he didnt have to. For that I greatly appreciate it. Id like to thank
Kristin for also mentoring me when Mr. Hammock was busy. Id like to thank Ms. Click
for guiding me through this class. Id like to thank my parents for searching and
searching for a lawyer that was willing to mentor me. Finally, Id like to thank everyone
that came to watch my presentation. I had a wonderful experience and learn a lot of what
it is to be a lawyer!
WORKS CITED/REFERENCES

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