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?
It is important to understand how legal services and fees are billed. Although the invoices may vary from law firm to law firm, here is some general information that can help you understand your legal invoice. How do "services" differ from "costs"? When you pay for legal services, you are paying for the time that your attorney and staff spend on your case. Each person who is billing for … [Read more...] about Understanding Your Legal Invoice
About to file your income taxes? Review your court orders to see who gets to claim your child as a dependent. Where do I find this information? You can find this information in the Final Court Decree in your case. By the "final" decree, I mean the last order that the judge signed when your case was finished. The final decree may be called "Final Decree of Divorce". It can titled "Order in … [Read more...] about Who Gets to Claim My Minor Child as a Tax Deduction?
During partial and complete shutdowns, it is often difficult to know what is going on at any particular time. Be aware that if you need a restraining order or protective order in Texas, you can still file to request one from the court. How the courts are operating varies by Texas county, and also by the particular court. But, rest assured, there are provisions in place to deal with … [Read more...] about Even if the Courts Are Closed You Can Still File for a Protective Order
A divorce that involves a child who has special needs requires careful calculation of child support. The divorce decree and child support provisions should provide for future needs as much as possible. What Texas law says The Texas Family Code states that if a child has a disability then child support can be ordered for an indefinite period. That means that it can go on beyond age 18 if … [Read more...] about Child Support for a Child With Special Needs
There are certain times when you may need a power of attorney. The Texas Power of Attorney lets someone else legally "stand in your place" to get the job done. Power of Attorney basics The person you appoint is legally going to "act as if they are you". The appointed person is called your "Agent". Or, you can appoint "Co-Agents" to act together. In addition, you can appoint an "Alternate … [Read more...] about Why you Need a Well-Prepared Power of Attorney