You are under court orders and your child decides they are NOT going to visit their other parent? What is the best way to handle this situation? Your Responsibility If you are under orders from the court to make the child available for visitation, you could be found in contempt of court if your ex decides to take this to a judge. Remember, court orders are in effect until they expire, or … [Read more...] about What if My Child Doesn’t Want to Go to Visitation?
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If you were making a list called "Words That Everyone Uses but not Everyone Understands", the word "trust" would be on that list. Most people have a general idea of what a trust is, but not everyone understands when they should consider having one. Isn't a Trust Just for Rich People? No, it isn't! There are situations in which "regular people" benefit from having a Texas trust! In … [Read more...] about What is a Trust and What are its Benefits?
It is important to understand how legal services and fees are billed. Although the invoices may vary from law firm to law firm, here is some general information that can help you understand your legal invoice. How do "services" differ from "costs"? When you pay for legal services, you are paying for the time that your attorney and staff spend on your case. Each person who is billing for … [Read more...] about Understanding Your Legal Invoice
About to file your income taxes? Review your court orders to see who gets to claim your child as a dependent. Where do I find this information? You can find this information in the Final Court Decree in your case. By the "final" decree, I mean the last order that the judge signed when your case was finished. The final decree may be called "Final Decree of Divorce". It can titled "Order in … [Read more...] about Who Gets to Claim My Minor Child as a Tax Deduction?
There are certain times when you may need a power of attorney. The Texas Power of Attorney lets someone else legally "stand in your place" to get the job done. Power of Attorney basics The person you appoint is legally going to "act as if they are you". The appointed person is called your "Agent". Or, you can appoint "Co-Agents" to act together. In addition, you can appoint an "Alternate … [Read more...] about Why you Need a Well-Prepared Power of Attorney
If you are in need of a deed to transfer a piece of real property, it is important to have it professionally prepared. Times when you may need to request that a deed prepared If you are buying or selling a home with the assistance of a realtor and title company, this will be taken care of for you. But there are some situations where people may be tempted to create a "DIY" (do-it-yourself) … [Read more...] about Professionally Prepared Real Estate Deeds
If you have a meeting, hearing, or mediation set for video conferencing, it is important to get ready in advance of the meeting. Most Likely to be Used There are many different ways to have the conference, but in the legal field the most common for virtual meetings are Zoom and Cisco Webex. We usually use Zoom at our firm, but have backup options. Other available software Other … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for your Virtual Meeting, Mediation or Hearing
Abra esta publicación para ver el enlace en español. Covid-19 has turned our world upside down. Even things that we take for granted have to be thought through carefully. Our office has had inquiries from concerned parents about how to handle child visitation during covid-19. Understand that whatever court orders you have now are still in effect. This includes custody and visitation … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Tip #18: Child Visitation During Covid-19