New & Creative Solutions to Old Problems

“Insanity:  Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”- Albert Einstein. When the same legal problems keep happening over and over, it is normal to get frustrated.  This is especially common in situations where people must interact closely over a long period of time (divorce, custody,…

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Employers: What Questions Should Not be Asked in A Job Interview?  

Employers: This is for you! There are some questions that are legally impermissible to ask in a job interview.   Some questions are obviously impermissible, others are more “subtle”. Examples of  improper questions: How old are you? Will you require us to give you time off for certain religious holidays?…

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Texas Department of Insurance Can Help you With Your Insurance Complaint

How can the Texas Department of Insurance help you? The Texas Department of Insurance (“TDI”) can help you resolve insurance complaints such as property, title, health and workers’ compensation insurance.   The complaint may cover “claim and benefit disputes, false advertising, misrepresentation and suspected insurance fraud.” If you have a…

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Article on “Befriending your Ex” may be a helpful resource

“Divorce Magazine” offers an article on “Befriending your Ex” by Judith  Ruskay Rabinor, PhD. Although I know that some of you may be shaking your heads right now and thinking, “It will never work in my situation”, there are a few reasons why I think this article may still be worth a…

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Adoption Council Website a Valuable Resource- check out Children of Trauma article

The National Council for Adoption (“NCFA”)  maintains an excellent website with valuable adoption resources and information.  This can be found at www.adoptioncouncil.org  Every month, the NCFA publishes the “Adoption Advocate”.  You can subscribe to this publication by email.  Last month (September 2013) there was an excellent and well-researched article titled, “Children of…

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Why it is Important to Answer Discovery in your Case

Unhappy about Discovery requests in your case? Read on to see why it is important to take them seriously… 1. You can’t just ignore it- You are required by Texas law and procedure to answer discovery when you are involved in an active legal case.  If you are involved in…

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What Happens if an Adoption Does not Work out? (Adoption Dissolution)

The National Council for Adoption has estimated that between 1% and 10% of adoptions result in dissolution.  There is little support available for families in these relatively rare situations. Adoptive parents considering an adoption dissolution can find themselves facing very strong criticism. Those outside the situation may strenuously voice objection…

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Tax Problems of Actor James Gandolfini’s Heirs Illustrate Need for Estate Planning

Why go to the trouble of estate planning? The recent death of Soprano’s actor James Gandolfini illustrates the need for careful, individual estate planning.  The actor had a large estate, and he had a will.  But sometimes a will just isn’t enough! In this case, the will WAS enough to…

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Is Your Divorce and Family Law Attorney There for you in an Emergency?

Is your divorce and family law attorney “there for you” in an emergency?  What is a “true” emergency?  How should you handle an emergency in your family law case?    Legal problems sometimes do result in true emergencies.  There are also urgent situations that feel like emergencies because they are…

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Why Does my Divorce Decree Require me to Purchase Life Insurance?

Texas family law requires that divorces affecting children take “the best interests of the child” into account. Therefore, a divorce decree may require a parent to purchase and maintain life insurance in a particular amount for the benefit of the children.   Commonly, the parent who is paying child support…

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