In Texas, abuse of an elderly person or disabled person should be reported to Adult Protective Services which is a part of the Department of Family and Protective Services. Adult Protective Services investigates allegations of abuse against elderly and disabled persons whether they occur in home or in a facility. If a person is found to be a victim of abuse they may be eligible for short-term … [Read more...] about How to Report Abuse of the Elderly or Disabled in Texas
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Whenever a case involves international law, it is wise to decide at the very beginning what needs to be done. For instance, some divorce cases involve two or more countries. Legal actions taken in the U.S. may or may not have an effect in the foreign country (or may have an effect that you didn't want to happen!). International family law is not uniform. there are many treaties that apply, … [Read more...] about International Family Law & Probate Law Not Simple
There's an old saying that "no [man] is an island". We are fortunately or unfortunately connected to those around us and they are affected by what we do. Especially in the case of two parents quarreling and affecting the children, in the case of employers making decisions that affect their customers and employees, and in the case of two neighbors fighting over property rights. Most of the time … [Read more...] about No One is an Island
Persons who are married have certain legal rights and protections that they don't even think about. However, there are other couples who have long-term, committed relationships who have things a bit more difficult. Persons who are involved in a marriage relationship without a ceremonial marriage In Texas, common law marriage is recognized. There are many couples who consider themselves married, … [Read more...] about Legal Protection of Marriage Relationship Not Readily Available for Some Couples! (Part I of II)
Stop Domestic Violence Domestic violence hurts, kills, and ruins lives. The effects are felt for years, generations even. Making a change requires determination and a willingness to ask for help. While traveling in Fort Worth, I happened to see the beautiful artwork above, which is located at Safe Haven of Tarrant County. At Safe Haven, help and resources can be found for dealing with … [Read more...] about Stop Domestic Violence – “It’s Never Too Late to Change the Road You’re On”
If you have been sued, don't wait to contact your lawyer! There are specific times limits that you are given and you must answer the lawsuit within that time. If you don't, you may lose your case. With no answer on file, and no one speaking up for you, the judge will see and hear only one version of the events. (NOTE: in Texas Justice of the Peace/Small Claims Courts the time period that you … [Read more...] about Don’t Wait to See Your Attorney if you Have Been Sued!
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 "emotional emergencies". When you have an attorney, it is normal to want and hope for answers … [Read more...] about Is Your Divorce and Family Law Attorney There for you in an Emergency?
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 (Payor) will be required to buy and maintain the insurance on his or her life for the … [Read more...] about Why Does my Divorce Decree Require me to Purchase Life Insurance?