If the U.S. government does shutdown temporarily the effects will be felt in various ways. This is a basic list of general effects that we can expect for the types of cases we handle at this firm. In general: all "nonessential" governmental functions will be shut down. This could affect your ability to obtain information from some of the informational "800" numbers operated by the federal … [Read more...] about Update for our clients; How a Federal Governmental Shutdown Might Affect You and Your Case
Running a business is demanding and business owners can use all the help they can get. I just attended my second TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) Business Conference for Texas Employers. Is it my opinion that many, if not most Texas employers don't know about the resources available to help them. For some employers, "TWC" may have a negative connotation because the agency is associated with … [Read more...] about Excellent Resources for Texas Employers
If you have a legal issue that may require you to hire an attorney, you will want to get the most from your initial consultation. Here are some tips to help you do that. When you first contact the law firm, be prepared to briefly state what issue you have. (For example: “I need to file for a child support increase”, or “I am thinking of starting a new business.” By stating what you … [Read more...] about How to Get the Most From Your Initial Consultation with a Lawyer
WARNING! Joining in the refinancing of a home previously owned by your spouse or significant other does not guarantee that you actually “own” part of the house. Signing the Promissory Note DOES mean that you are legally responsible to pay the mortgage on the property. However, it does NOT mean that the property is automatically in your name, or that if your spouse dies you will automatically … [Read more...] about The Risks of Refinancing Your Home With Your Spouse or Partner
Although a final divorce decree is supposed to “split” the property once and for all that is not always the case. There are a variety of reasons why a couple may find themselves dealing with property issues months or years after the final decree has been signed. Here are some of the most common: Retirement assets (401K, private and governmental retirement benefits and … [Read more...] about Dealing With Financial Issues Long After the Divorce is Final?
When a family returns to the United States with their child who was adopted in another country, there are often additional steps to be taken. When a Texas resident adopts a child from another country, that adoption is governed by Texas law, United States law, international adoption law and treaties, and the law of the country where the adoption took place. In addition, the area of adoption … [Read more...] about Completing Your Child’s Foreign Adoption in Texas
So, it's finally happened. You have no choice; you have to consult with a lawyer. Everyone knows legal fees can be expensive, but what everyone doesn't know is that there are ways to save money on legal fees. •1. Get a consultation. A good legal consultation is essential and well worth paying for. This 30 -60 minute block of time is going to help you decide the course of your entire legal … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Save Money on Legal Fees
It is easy to focus on just one piece of the puzzle, such as who will get the house or who will have to pay a particular bill. Don’t do this. It is important to look at the entire picture. It may be better to let your spouse have the house if you really will not be able to afford to stay there. Even if you want to keep the house for the sake of your children, you don’t want them to feel the … [Read more...] about Pitfalls to Avoid When Splitting Assets in a Divorce