Getting Divorced? Here Are 5 Ways to Break the News to Your Kids

Getting a divorce can be terribly difficult on any couple. When there are children involved, however, it can be even harder on them. Once you are 100% sure that a divorce is going to take place, you need to figure out how you will break the news to the kids. While this is certainly not going to be an easy task, it is important to do it right since you only get one shot. Depending on your situation, the following five Read More

Understanding Texas Whistleblowers and the False Claims Act

If you become aware of fraud or other illegal activity at your place of work and you want to report what’s going on internally, it is important to be aware of all your rights. It is illegal for your employer to punish you for blowing the whistle on unlawful acts that you have observed over the course of its business. If you believe that you have been fired, demoted, or otherwise punished for this type of thing, you Read More

Estate Planning 101: A Guide to the “in terrorem” Clause

An in terrorem clause is a provision that is put into wills and certain other documents to attempt to reduce the risk of someone challenging it in court. The term comes from the Latin for ‘In Fear” because these clauses can ‘scare off’ anyone who is thinking about filing a challenge against the contract in court. While most wills and other estate planning documents won’t include this type of clause, it is important Read More

Texas Divorce: Mediation vs. Litigation

Going through a divorce is never an easy process emotionally or legally. Doing everything you can to handle it properly, however, will help set you up to emerge from the divorce in as strong a position as possible. In Texas, most divorces are either handled through mediation or litigation. Learning about the pros and cons of each of these options can help you to determine which one will most likely yield the best Read More

Texas Estate Planning: Your Role as an Executor to an Estate

If you have been named the executor of an estate for a loved one, it can be overwhelming, especially if it is not something you’ve done in the past. In the state of Texas, those who are named as executor of an estate will have to go through a number of steps, and will have a lot of responsibilities that they are legally obligated to fulfill. Taking some time to learn about your role, and what to expect, can help Read More

5 Factors Texas Courts Consider When Making a Decision on Spousal Support

When getting a divorce, many people wonder whether spousal support (a.k.a. alimony) will be considered in their case. While spousal support is much less common than it once was, it is still an option that Texas courts can consider, so it is important to know what types of things they will look at when determining whether or not it should be awarded. The following five factors will be used in making this Read More

A Brief Introduction to Miller Trusts

If you or a loved one is having trouble meeting the means test to qualify for Medicaid, there is an option to look into. A Qualified Income Trust, more commonly called a Miller Trust, allows those whose income exceeds the income cap for Medicaid to qualify. This is most commonly used when someone needs to enter a nursing or assisted living facility. The costs of these facilities are often significantly higher than Read More

Employers: Why You Need a Policies & Procedures Manual

Many employers think of a policies & procedures manual as unnecessary since they can just manage day to day events as they come up without having to have every little thing written down. The fact is, however, that this type of manual is not only important for ensuring things are done efficiently and appropriately all the time, but also offers some legal protections in many cases. Standardization One of the Read More

Understanding the Key Differences Between a Military and Civilian Divorce

Getting a divorce is a complicated, confusing, and emotionally draining experience even in the most common of circumstances. When one or both parties is an active duty military member, however, things can get even more complex. Whether you are the military member, or a spouse of a military member, it is important to make sure you are aware of how things will proceed with your divorce. Working with an attorney who has Read More

Texas Elder Law: Understanding Lady Bird Deeds

When looking for the best way to pass any type of real estate, including your home, on to your loved ones when the time comes, it is a good idea to consider a lady bird deed, also known as an enhanced life estate deed. Lady bird deeds are a great way to help your loved ones avoid the costs and difficulties of going through the probate process in order to get their inheritance. This particular type of deed, however, Read More

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