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
You've heard it over and over... how and why you should take care of your personal information. In this digital age, it takes effort to do so. SO..... I just want to take a moment to explain to our clients why we do the things we do. If you are a client at our office, you may have been told NOT to send certain information by a certain method, NOT to continue a conversation to us via text or … [Read more...] about Sorry, Not Sorry! Why we do the Things we Do to Protect Your Confidentiality
People always say that the holidays are a "time for family." But what if you are going through a breakup? Or you are new in town, working through the holidays? Or you just don't have any family close by? Have you experienced the passing of a loved one recently, or during a past holiday season? Or, the time with your actual family is just... too stressful? Those family movies and TV shows from … [Read more...] about Who will be There for you this Holiday Season?
Your attorney has told you that you need to fill out an "Inventory & Appraisement" form in your divorce case. You get tired just thinking about it. You also have a deadline which increases your anxiety. Why is this document so important? Yes, it will take some time to prepare. And you may not enjoy preparing it, especially if you aren't sure of the details. But it is crucial to your … [Read more...] about Why is my Inventory and Appraisement so Important to my Divorce Case?
Just in Time for The Renaissance Festival.... Once upon a time, in a mythical land, a princess and a prince fell in love and were wed. They had a few children, a large castle, and some pet dragons. But one day, the princess found that all was not as it seemed. After consulting with the wisest people in the kingdom, she knew that she was going to need legal help. She scoured all of the land for … [Read more...] about A Magic Tale from A Mythical Land (or, Why it Helps to Be Prepared)