A handshake to seal the deal may not be all that you need. Some people are proud of their handshake as a badge of honor. And they should be! After all, it is good to be honest and trustworthy. But there may be times when a handshake isn't enough, and the reason why may have nothing to do with "trustworthiness" and everything to do with the potential for misunderstanding. In every deal … [Read more...] about Do you Need a Formal Contract?
Adult Adoption is Rewarding for Many Families Adult adoption is a great choice for many families. There are several reasons why a person (or a couple) may choose to adopt an adult. In a step family situation, a stepparent may have raised a child, or been part of the family for many years. Perhaps the biological parent was unavailable or unwilling to allow an adoption while the child was … [Read more...] about Adult Adoption in Texas
If you are caring for a loved one who is ill and worrying about the future, here is some information that may help you. It can be difficult to know how to divide your time when a loved one is terminally ill. Providing for their medical and emotional needs comes first, and then you also must find some time to take care of yourself. Very often, the "business end" of things is an ever-present … [Read more...] about What to do When a Loved One is Terminally Ill
From Bob Kalish's 1984 TV Commercial on Woodlands Cable By Laura Kalish It is hard to believe that Kalish Law Office has been a fixture in The Woodlands for 35 years. So, on our 35th anniversary, I’m going to take a break from our usual informational blog posts and do a bit of reminiscing. Bob started the practice in 1984. There were relatively few law firms in The … [Read more...] about Where we Started From; a Look Back
If you find yourself suddenly in need of legal services, this article can help you understand various options that may be available: Employment Contract or Retainer agreements- It is common (and is recommended) that Texas attorneys have a client sign a written contract between the lawyer and client. In this document, the terms of the lawyer/client relationship are spelled out. A "retainer" is … [Read more...] about Paying for Legal Services
Did you know that if you got a divorce that some provisions of your will or trust may be ignored? It is true. Texas Estates Code Section 123.001 provides that the provisions related to your former spouse inheriting or acting as a fiduciary are treated as if your former spouse predeceased you (unless your will provides otherwise). This also applies to relatives of your former spouse. What this … [Read more...] about Newly Divorced? It is Time to Review and Update your Will!
In working through your legal case, you may have noticed that your attorney often includes one or more of his/her assistants and staff in emails, phone conferences, or meetings. There is a reason for this. In working on your case, the law firm will work together as a team. Even though your attorney is the one making the legal decisions on the case, there are an amazing number of … [Read more...] about Good Communication Between your Lawyer’s Team and You
“Step parent adoption” is the term used when a person adopts the child of their spouse. “Second parent adoption” a term that is commonly used to refer to a situation where a partner in a same sex relationship adopts the child/ children of their partner. You may hear the terms “second parent adoption” and “same sex adoption” used interchangeably. In Texas, the law states that a person … [Read more...] about Step Parent Adoption for Same Sex Couples in Texas