If your elder loved one is in the process of getting settled in Texas, or is thinking about it, this blog may help. I know there is a LOT of information here! It is longer than our usual blogs and is intended to be a kind of checklist for you, the caregiver, to use. Some of it may not apply to your loved one's situation. Please SHARE this with someone you know who may be helped by it. I would … [Read more...] about Helping Your Elder Loved One Move to Texas
Losing a loved one is already upsetting. Finding out that their will is nowhere to be found can make things seem overwhelming. If this has happened to you, there are some things that can be done. First, find a copy of the will. A copy of the will may be able to be probated. This will require you to prove to the judge that the copy is legitimate. Witnesses will be needed to come to court, to … [Read more...] about Help! My Loved One Died and I Lost the Original Will!
The Americans with Disabilities Act (the "ADA") is an important civil rights law. If you have not been involved directly with the law in any way, you may be uncertain about what it is. Even if you have had reason to use or refer to this law, you may want to have a handy summary of the basic points, and a list of links for more information. If you own a business, you should be familiar with the … [Read more...] about The Americans With Disabilities Act – A Quick Summary of Where to Find Information
In last week's blog, we discussed the difficulties that are faced by some couples who are in a marriage relationship but did not have a legally recognized ceremonial marriage. That blog discussed "common law" marriage in Texas. The blog also detailed some situations in which the partners may not even know for certain whether or not they are "common law married". This blog will discuss another … [Read more...] about Legal Protections of Marriage Not Readily Available for Some Couples in Texas (Part II of II)
The Texas family code gives courts the specific authority to order the parties in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship to take a parenting class. (a divorce with children, custody/visitation case, and paternity case are all examples of suits which affect the parent-child relationship). The parenting class requirement is found in Texas Family Code Section 105.009. Over stressed and … [Read more...] about Sio’s Family Law Tips… All About Parenting Class Requirements
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!
The Texas Young Lawyers Association has resources for legal information to the general public. The following excerpt answers questions about Texas guardianship. GUARDIANSHIP What is a guardianship? A guardianship is a court-supervised administrator designated for an incapacitated person. There are two types of guardianships: 1) of the person; and 2) of the estate. Legally … [Read more...] about Want to Know About Texas Guardianship?
Family law is a complicated area of law, even when the subject is a nuclear family in which the two people involved are both biological parents of the children in the family. However, even more complications can arise when venturing into areas of law that are different from what most people in our society have come to think of as “the traditional family”. Specifically I am speaking of situations … [Read more...] about Why it is so important to have a legally valid Donor Contract or Gestational Agreement