Executors of Texas wills have specific duties and responsibilities. If someone that you know has asked if they can name you as their Executor, Co-Executor or Alternate Executor, you may want to know more about the job before you accept it. A Co-Executor is an Executor that serves at the same time as one or more other Executors. Sometimes the Last Will and Testament specifies that any … [Read more...] about You’ve Been Asked to be Executor of a Will – Now What?
Attorney Bob Kalish
It is easy to get busy with daily life and forget to leave time for review and updating. Whenever I am advising clients to periodically review certain information, I tell them to pick a certain time of year for review and use that same time every year. It is easier to remember that way. No matter what kind of calendaring or "to-do" lists you use, whether you use apps or a plain old paper wall … [Read more...] about Tax Time is Review Time!
Planning for an elder parent is difficult enough without old "baggage" showing up. However, that is often exactly what happens. The stress and uncertainty of dealing with an elder parent's future can activate old family issues and rivalries that everyone thought were long gone. Here are some tips to help ease the pain of sibling rivalry when a elderly parent is unable to make a plan for … [Read more...] about Sibling Rivalry and Elder Planning
If you are interested in vintage architecture or Texas history, you will be astounded at the beautiful and historic courthouses we have here in Texas. Our Texas courthouses have inspired books, websites, blogs and at least public television documentary. Leonard G. Lane, a Houston architect, maintains a site called "254 Texas Courthouses". He tells us that there are 254 counties in Texas and … [Read more...] about Texas Courthouses are Beautiful to Look at and Rich in History
If you have a final court order and your ex-spouse is ignoring the orders, you should consult a Texas family law attorney to discuss filing a Motion to Enforce. A Motion to Enforce the court's judgment is available to enforce a prior court order in a divorce case. The enforcement may be about the division of property, for example, turning over certain assets, money, real estate or property to … [Read more...] about Is your Ex Spouse Ignoring Court Orders? What to do
We often have clients come to visit us with legal troubles who shake their heads and say, “I KNEW I should have gotten that in writing!” In some situations, having a contract isn’t just a good idea, it’s a legal necessity! Under the law in Texas, and in many other states as well, there are some agreements that must be in writing in order to be enforceable. This law is called the “Statute of … [Read more...] about Get it in Writing!
If you are involved in a legal battle and have agreed to go to mediation (or have been ordered to go by the judge), it will be helpful to you to enter mediation with the right “mindset”. Mediation is entered into with the hope (or at least possibility) of settlement of the case. Some litigants (parties to the lawsuit), view that attitude as defeatist and feel that they are “giving … [Read more...] about Should you Settle your Business Case at Mediation?
What’s the first thing that you think of when someone asks you why you should have a will or estate plan in place? “To protect my family”, someone might answer. “To name a guardian for my child,” someone else might say. Someone else might answer, “My attorney helped me with a combination business plan and estate plan so that my personal assets were protected and separate from my business … [Read more...] about What Everyone Should Know About Texas Wills and Estate Planning