Court is not the only way to solve legal disputes and it certainly isn't the cheapest. Two options outside of the courthouse are mediation and arbitration. In lieu of a judge, mediation uses an impartial guide or facilitator to help both parties come to an agreement. Though it is often ordered by a judge, whether or not you settle in mediation is completely voluntary. If you don't come to an … [Read more...] about Mediation vs Arbitration: What You Need To Know
It's great to make plans and it's great to start projects, but what good do they do if you never finish them? It isn't uncommon for us to regularly hear comments like these around the law office; I came to see you about this legal problem 2 years ago and never did anything about it and now I am getting sued; I meant to send this creditor evidence that I had already paid this … [Read more...] about Success Is In the Follow Up!
Depending on how long you have been married and when your spouse earned his or her retirement, you may be entitled to a share in your divorce. An individual may even have more than one retirement plan - (due to employment with the government/armed services, or multiple positions during working career). Some people know little to nothing about their spouse's retirement plan and may not even know … [Read more...] about Spouse Refuses to Share Retirement Plan Information
Divorce is hard on everyone, especially pets. Here are some things to consider if you are divorcing and have one or more pets: Pets can suffer greatly (and silently) when family life is upset. They can't tell you what's wrong so be aware of any changes in behavior. Talk to your vet when indicated. Keep pets safe. Animal cruelty is illegal, period. Threatening or hurting a pet is a form … [Read more...] about Divorce is Hard on Pets – Don’t Forget About Them
When you own property in more than one country, you will need to be certain that you adequately prepare for this fact when working on your estate plan. For instance, if you own property in Texas, Mexico and Italy, you cannot write a Texas will and assume that it will be good enough to transfer the property in the other countries too. Likewise, you should have a Texas will to bequeath your Texas … [Read more...] about Owning Property in Two Countries – What About Your Will?
Relocating to a new area can be exciting and challenging! The Woodlands Texas is growing fast. Exxon Mobil is expanding in the area, with a 365-acre campus currently under construction. This expansion will bring Exxon Mobil employees to the area and will also bring other business, and opportunities to the area, including new small businesses of all types. Here is an interesting piece in … [Read more...] about Relocating to The Woodlands Texas
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!
"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 look. Things do change with time. Even for the most stubborn and grudge-holding person, life goes on. New … [Read more...] about Article on “Befriending your Ex” may be a helpful resource