If you think that it is a possibility that your child may be taken outside of the U.S. by a parent, guardian or family member without your permission, there are steps you can take to prevent this. Don't wait, act now. Be knowledgable Know that there is not an "exit interview" to leave the U.S. Many people mistakenly believe that it would be impossible for one parent to remove a child … [Read more...] about Preventing International Child Abduction
If you have no spouse or children, you may wonder what will happen to your property if you die without a will in Texas. Will the state just take your money? What Does it Mean to Die Without Heirs? "Dying without heirs" is usually said when someone dies with no close relatives. But, under Texas law, even more distant relatives can inherit, if necessary. People often believe that if they die … [Read more...] about Are You Heirless?
Here is the situation. Let's say that you are still paying child support to your ex for your minor child. However, you have just found out that your minor child is about to be a parent. Do you have to pay child support for your grandchild under Texas law? First, Let's Talk About What Stays the Same Just the fact that your minor child is about to become a parent herself or himself does not … [Read more...] about Do I Have to Pay Child Support if My Minor Child has a Baby?
If you are ordered by a court to pay child support you may wonder how that obligation is affected when you go on disability. Does the Child Support Obligation Automatically Change When I go on Disability? If you have already been ordered by a Texas court to pay child support, that will not change just because you are now on disability. Any obligation that you have will not decrease on … [Read more...] about Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I go on Disability?
In 2020, a new law about residential leases took effect. Now, if a person enters into a residential lease and was the only occupant of the premises, and then dies before the lease is up, the lease may be terminated by the deceased person's personal representative. Why this is important Properly using this law can ensure that the estate of the deceased person is not liable to pay the rent … [Read more...] about Terminating a Residential Lease After a Tenant’s Death – Probate Tips
You are under court orders and your child decides they are NOT going to visit their other parent? What is the best way to handle this situation? Your Responsibility If you are under orders from the court to make the child available for visitation, you could be found in contempt of court if your ex decides to take this to a judge. Remember, court orders are in effect until they expire, or … [Read more...] about What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Visitation?
Some assets do not require probate court in order to pass to a living person. They can be passed directly to the beneficiary, with no probate order needed. Examples of non-probate assets Life insurance, retirement accounts, brokerage accounts. If you have these types of a accounts and have properly designated a beneficiary, that person should be able to get that money distributed directly … [Read more...] about Non-Probate Assets
There are a lot of factors to consider in whether or not it is worth it to file a probate case. A cost analysis should be part of the decision. Who Can File Probate? In order to file a legal case, you have to have "standing". Simply put, legal standing means that you have a right to file the case, and it affects you in some way. For example, here is a general list: You are a … [Read more...] about Is it Worth it to File in Probate Court?