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?
Well, storm season is here again. What is the best way to protect your important legal documents from damage or loss? Hard Copy of Documents We recommend that clients keep their important, original documents in a waterproof safe or waterproof box in their home, in a spot that is unlikely to flood (second floor, a high shelf). A safe deposit box is okay if that makes you more … [Read more...] about Hurricane Preparedness: What to do About Your Important Legal Documents
If you are thinking of filing for divorce, one of the things that you may be worried about is your spouse being served with the papers. The "how" and "when" of the service can be a real worry. There are different ways that your spouse can get the papers: It can be done by certified mail.It can be done with a process server.It can be done by a constable. You can give the papers to your … [Read more...] about Serving Your Spouse With Divorce Papers
If you were making a list called "Words That Everyone Uses but not Everyone Understands", the word "trust" would be on that list. Most people have a general idea of what a trust is, but not everyone understands when they should consider having one. Isn't a Trust Just for Rich People? No, it isn't! There are situations in which "regular people" benefit from having a Texas trust! In … [Read more...] about What is a Trust and What are its Benefits?