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Q. I have a will that was prepared some time ago. It is not notarized. Is it still valid?

A. In Texas, a printed or form will is valid if it is signed and witnessed by two people. There is no requirement that a will be notarized. Having said that, however, there are two things in your question that suggest you might want to get a new will prepared.

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On a recent trip to Georgia to visit my relatives and to take care of some pressing business, I learned a valuable lesson from my longtime sister in law, Teresa Fowler Stancil. We have been in the same family for more than 40 years and have shared much humor, some illness, hundreds of Scrabble games, lots of other good times, a few sad ones, child rearing secrets, and years of life experiences. She is quite the teacher and I have found myself gleaning tidbits from her vast table of knowledge.

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Submitted by Don Dodd - An Examiner Editorial

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In last week’s column about Google’s Chrome 12, I mentioned how one prominent computer columnist was publicly chastised for writing about the “recent” release of Firefox 5 while it was still officially in beta (pre-release version). Well, In the brief period between my writing last week’s column and its publication, Firefox did officially release version 5.

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No one puts on a show like Mother Nature. Yesterday afternoon on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Ted and I were treated to a more than three-hour performance by the best she had to offer. We were fishing and happily catching lots of different “things” from the Gulf. I’ve always said the best part of fishing the Gulf is not knowing what might be on the end of that line when you feel a strong tug, work the catch, and finally see it break water. It could be a beautiful silver fish, some with bright colors glowing in the sun.

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I’m as much of a competitor as anyone I know. I love to play the game and win if at all possible, but I don’t always come out the victor. There are times when I play against someone that is simply more intelligent than I am or happens to get the better hand or draw. That’s what makes playing games, cards, contests, or quizzes so much fun for most people. If one is going to win every time, then really what’s the use of playing?

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Every day throughout the community, the question put to me is always the same: Are they ever going to indict this group at BISD?

Many believe nothing is happening beyond the Calvin Walker indictment and are asking why there isn’t a full-scale federal investigation of Beaumont Independent School District.

People want to know who can they write, call or go see. They are asking if we should form a contingent of concerned community members to go to Houston, Austin or even Washington, D.C.

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Erin Fluke, a 2008 graduate of West Brook High School and a double major in business honors and finance at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2011 internship in Washington, D.C. Erin will spend the summer as an integral part of the Department of Commerce's Office of Strategic Partneships.

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Q. I need to sue someone in small claims court. I know there is a “statute of limitations” for how long you have to file suit. What is the time period for small claims court?

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Strong competition is good for the consumer. In the heavily fought browser wars, Firefox 4 has been closing the gap with current industry leader Internet Explorer, partially since the new and improved IE 9 is incompatible with Windows XP while Firefox 4 will run on almost all platforms. Also in the race for browser supremacy is Google, which recently released version 12 of its popular Chrome browser. Chrome has developed a large and loyal following, and many have sworn off (and swear at) Internet Explorer, and to a lesser extent, Firefox.

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