You’ve Been Asked to be Executor of a Will – Now What?

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…

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Sibling Rivalry and Elder Planning

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…

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Texas Courthouses are Beautiful to Look at and Rich in History

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…

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Is your Ex Spouse Ignoring Court Orders? What to do

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…

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Get it in Writing!

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…

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Should you Settle your Business Case at Mediation?

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…

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What Everyone Should Know About Texas Wills and Estate Planning

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…

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Problems with Splitting Retirement Accounts After Divorce?

We have gotten questions about retirement fund issues after divorce from some of our blog readers. Retirement fund issues can be difficult.   The final divorce decree will state how the property and debts are to be divided.   However, when it comes to retirement accounts, additional paperwork must be done in…

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Can you Really “Prepare” for a Divorce?

Can you really ever prepare for a divorce?  Although people handle divorce differently, you can do some advance preparation from a legal point of view.   It is harder to prepare emotionally, even if you are the one who desires the divorce, and even you know that it is the only option. Counseling…

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