November is Adoption Month!

November is adoption month.  All month long, national awareness is turned towards adoption and adoptive families everywhere are remembering the events that shaped their families and made their lives complete. November 18th is National Adoption Day, a day which is “a collective, national effort to raise awareness of more than…

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Lawsuits over Same-Sex Benefits – City of Houston

Legal cases currently in the news deal with questions of equal rights & protection, and State versus Federal law An important and fascinating issue is currently working its way through the court system.   Here is a summary of what has happened so far: November 20, 2013:  Houston Mayor Annise Parker…

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The Risks of Refinancing Your Home With Your Spouse or Partner

WARNING!  Joining in the refinancing of a home previously owned by your spouse or significant other does not guarantee that you actually “own” part of the house.  Signing the Promissory Note DOES mean that you are legally responsible to pay the mortgage on the property. However, it does NOT mean that…

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Divorce and Downsizing in Difficult Economic Times

Divorce is difficult and emotionally taxing, even when the economy is stable. Added to the already overwhelming financial stress that some families are already experiencing, it can seem like an insurmountable burden.  Divorce and business downsizing have a lot in common.   In both processes the principals involved must analyze their…

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