Help! My Loved One Died and I Lost the Original Will!

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…

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The Americans With Disabilities Act – A Quick Summary of Where to Find Information

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…

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Legal Protections of Marriage Not Readily Available for Some Couples in Texas (Part II of II)

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…

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Sio’s Family Law Tips… All About Parenting Class Requirements  

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…

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Don’t Wait to See Your Attorney if you Have Been Sued!

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…

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Want to Know About Texas Guardianship?

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…

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Why it is so important to have a legally valid Donor Contract or Gestational Agreement

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…

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Finding Your Ex in Contempt of a Court Order Involving Children

What is contempt? Contempt is an action that can be used by the court to enforce an order, or to punish disobedience.  Contempt can be used by the court “on its own” (Judge says, “I am going to find you in contempt for your misbehavior in this courtroom”) or can be…

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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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Five Ways to Save Money on Legal Fees

So, it’s finally happened. You have no choice; you have to consult with a lawyer. Everyone knows legal fees can be expensive, but what everyone doesn’t know is that there are ways to save money on legal fees. •1. Get a consultation. A good legal consultation is essential and well…

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