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

6 Common Misconceptions About Estate Planning

There is a lot of misinformation out there about estate planning. We are inundated with mixed messages telling us to “do this,” and “avoid that!” As a result, many people have a skewed understanding of the purpose and process of estate planning. In this blog we will detail six of the most common misconceptions about estate planning to help you make an informed decision about protecting your legacy and providing Read More

10 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Child, Part II

In our last blog we detailed five important things you need to consider before you make the choice in adopting a child. The adoption process is difficult and intensive, and raising an adopted child comes with numerous challenges as well. But it can also be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do in your life. In Part II of our blog, we explain five more things every potential parent needs to think about Read More

10 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Child, Part I

Adopting a child is a complex, frustrating, emotional, challenging, terrifying, and even beautiful process. When an adoption is completed, you will have suddenly become legally and emotionally responsible for the life of another human being. Being adopted can make all the difference in a child’s life, providing them with opportunities for love and success that they otherwise may not have received. But it can also Read More

5 Reasons You Should Start Estate Planning ASAP

Many people are under the mistaken impression that, if they are young, healthy, or both, then they do not need to worry about estate planning. Why spend time and money when you don’t plan on dying any time soon, right? The key part of that last sentence is, “you don’t plan” on dying. The fact is, most people never do. It is never too early to start the estate planning process. You don’t have to be rich or have Read More

Understanding Qui Tam Lawsuits

The term “qui tam” is an abbreviation of an old Latin saying that means, “"[he] who sues in this matter for the king as well as for himself." In layman’s terms, it refers to an old common law practice whereby a citizen who aided in some form of prosecution could receive a share of whatever penalty was imposed. In modern context in the United States, qui tam is a form of civil lawsuit that can be filed under the Read More

Understanding Texas Child Custody Law

There are two important aspects of child custody in Texas. The first is conservatorship. Conservatorship is the right of parents to make decisions regarding a child’s education, medical treatment, and other important matters. One parent can make all decisions--sole managing conservatorship—or the parents can make decisions jointly—joint managing conservatorship. The court makes conservatorship decisions based on the Read More

Texas Probate: An Overview

Probate can often become a complicated and lengthy process. Texas attempts to make it simpler by using what is called the “independent administration of estates.” With independent administration, the executor doesn’t have to post a bond and doesn’t have to ask the court for permission before taking steps to settle the estate. The executor still needs to publish notices for potential creditors and make a list of Read More

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