It depends on which movie! Clark Gable played Devereaux Burke in the 1952 classic western about the annexation of Texas. Then, in 1996, a movie by the same name but entirely different plot was released. The later film starred Chris Cooper as the county sheriff Sam Deeds. Sam finds himself exploring a murder that is directly linked to the previous legendary sheriff in town who just so happens to also be Sam’s estranged father, Buddy Deeds. Buddy is played by the one and only Matthew McConaughey. Though the two movies are different, Sam Deeds and Devereaux Burke might have had more in common than at first glance.
Both men wanted to set things right and, of course, to get the girl. However, the biggest commonality of our two heroes is their pursuit of the truth from a lack of evidence. Devereaux seeks a written document proving Sam Houston’s support of statehood. On the other hand, Sam tries to track down evidence to solve the case of murder in his troubled town. It would have been a quick movie if either man had had what he needed from the start. Estate planning is quite similar!
Dying intestate (without a Will) can cause a lot of trouble and confusion for those you love. The best thing you can do for your family is to leave a clear and well formulated set of instructions in a Will or trust. If you are in need of an estate plan, contact the Mendel Law Firm, L.P. for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.