Illegal Ways Your Employer May Try to Avoid Paying You Overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal wage and hours law that covers overtime. The law requires that nonexempt employees must be paid "time and a half" (150%) for any hours over 40 worked in one standard work week. The law prohibits employers from averaging hours worked in a two-week period, even if the pay period is every two weeks. For example, if you work 48 hours in week 1 and 32 hours in week 2 (for Read More

7 Key Indicators of Elder Abuse or Exploitation

Most of us grow up being taught that we should always respect our elders. Those who have reached an advanced age in their life are deserving of no less than dignity and kind regard. Unfortunately, due to the physical and mental decline inherent in the aging process, seniors are also one of the most vulnerable segments of our population, and there are always going to be people out there who seek to prey on the Read More

A Brief Introduction to Transfer-on-Death Deeds

For most average Americans, their home is their most significant asset. Few people will ever make a purchase larger than that of their home, and thus it is one of the most important assets to consider when you start planning your estate. You may want to consider understanding more about Transfer-on-Death Deeds. Many people go to great lengths to keep their home from passing through the probate process in order Read More

7 Potentially Important Factors in Texas Child Custody Decisions

Getting a divorce is always hard, but things become much more difficult and complex when there are children involved. Children automatically raise the stakes of a divorce, since few parents ever want to give up time with their little ones. When a divorcing couple cannot agree upon terms for custody and a parenting plan, custody decisions will be left to the courts. But how does the court make a custody Read More

Avoid Falling Through the Long-Term Care Cracks

In the US, millions of people require long-term care assistance every year. Long-term care is a wide variety of services, both medical and personal in nature, that are provided in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities to those who are unable to manage these needs independently. These facilities are usually incredibly expensive. According to a 2015 Genworth Financial Cost of Read More

Military Benefits & Divorce in Texas

The US military provides some of the best on-the-job benefits of any industry in the country, including excellent healthcare, retirement plans, and access to military base privileges like commissaries. By virtue of marriage, spouses of military service members are also granted access to these benefits. But what happens when the couple gets divorced? Divorce always stirs up difficult questions with regard to Read More

7 Things to Think About Before Naming a Guardian for Your Children, Part II

In our last blog, we discussed the vital importance of naming a guardian who will care for your minor children should anything ever happen to you. It’s a topic that no one likes to think about, but every parent should. Accidents happen every day, and you must do your best to plan for the unexpected. You owe it to your children to ensure that they will be kept safe, be loved, and be provided for if you are ever Read More

7 Things to Think About Before Naming a Guardian for Your Children, Part I

It is a scenario that no parent wants to think about, but every parent should: who will raise your children if something were to happen to you? For parents with children under the age of 18, naming a guardian is one of the most important aspects of creating a will. The guardians you name will be responsible for raising and providing for your children, and it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. In this Read More

Texas Estate Planning: The Advance Healthcare Directive

Death is one of the only universally shared aspects of human existence. We live in a diverse world full of people from various cultures, backgrounds, and belief systems, but one thing we all share is that none of us is immortal. However, while the eventuality of death is one of the most predictable aspects of life, when and how the end comes for each of us is rarely predictable. Nonetheless, though we may be Read More

Texas Employment Law: 5 Common Illegal Wage Practices to Watch For

So, you just received your paycheck and it’s looking a little light. You thought you worked way more hours than that! And what are those deductions? Far too many employers attempt to cut corners and cut costs by depriving their employees of the fair pay they are legally entitled to for the work they did. Illegal wage practices are pervasive, and it takes a vigilant eye to ensure you do not get taken advantage of Read More

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