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

5 Important Factors to Consider when Developing a Visitation Schedule

One of the most difficult parts of a divorce, or a break up when children are involved, is making a visitation schedule. In most cases, both parents are going to want to have as much time with the child as possible, which is why conflicts can so easily arise. If both parents work hard to put the best interests of the kids first, however, a good schedule can be made that will work for everyone involved. When creating Read More

Are You Eligible for Medicaid? A Brief Overview of the Income Criteria

Medicaid is a government health insurance program run jointly by the federal and state governments. It is the largest source of health coverage in the United States, with over 70 million people enrolled. The program is designed to help ensure those with lower income are able to get the health care they need. When trying to determine whether or not you are eligible for Medicaid, checking the income criteria is a great Read More

How the New Overtime Rules Affect Texas Workers

Many months ago, the US Department of Labor made some changes to their set of rules and regulations that cover overtime. These changes will impact approximately 4.2 million employees throughout the country, many of them right here in Texas. The changes were made to help provide additional protections to employees who were being classified by employers as executive, administrative, or professional, and therefore Read More

Who Gets the House? Understanding Property Division in Texas

If you live in Texas and are getting divorced, the fate of your property might not look exactly how you had imagined. Texas is considered to be a community property state, which means it has its own rules of what constitutes ownership of land, homes, assets, and even debts. Let’s take an in-depth look at what community property entails, and some of the possible outcomes after a divorce is finalized. What Is Read More