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?
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What’s the first thing that you think of when someone asks you why you should have a will or estate plan in place? “To protect my family”, someone might answer. “To name a guardian for my child,” someone else might say. Someone else might answer, “My attorney helped me with a combination business plan and estate plan so that my personal assets were protected and separate from my business … [Read more...] about What Everyone Should Know About Texas Wills and Estate Planning
Economic worries tend to make people angry, bitter and distracted. In tough times, people are more likely to complain, blame, and be generally unappreciative of others. This is evident when driving down the road, standing in line at the store, and observing the tense, unhappy looks on the faces of people. There is no question that times are tough. Feeling it, believing it and saying it … [Read more...] about Take It Easy
My last blog post dealt with caring for and helping senior adults, and mentioned some of the challenges that you are likely to encounter. Now I want to share my review of a book that I discovered. ”How to Say it to Seniors; Closing the Communication Gap with Our Elders” by David Solie (Prentice Hall Press © 2004) is an excellent guide to communicating with senior adults. I highly recommend … [Read more...] about Practical Advice for Dealing With Senior Adults
Pets are part of the family, often have jobs to do in our homes, and provide us with love and companionship. Yet, many people do not make plans for what would happen to beloved pets after the owner’s death. Providing for pets is different than providing for minor children. Pets may be provided for informally (by agreement between parties), or formally (by naming the pet in a will or … [Read more...] about What Would Happen to Your Pet if You Died Unexpectedly?
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 requested by a party who files a motion with the court (a parent files a suit against the other parent for non-payment of child … [Read more...] about Finding Your Ex in Contempt of a Court Order Involving Children
If the U.S. government does shutdown temporarily the effects will be felt in various ways. This is a basic list of general effects that we can expect for the types of cases we handle at this firm. In general: all "nonessential" governmental functions will be shut down. This could affect your ability to obtain information from some of the informational "800" numbers operated by the federal … [Read more...] about Update for our clients; How a Federal Governmental Shutdown Might Affect You and Your Case
Running a business is demanding and business owners can use all the help they can get. I just attended my second TWC (Texas Workforce Commission) Business Conference for Texas Employers. Is it my opinion that many, if not most Texas employers don't know about the resources available to help them. For some employers, "TWC" may have a negative connotation because the agency is associated with … [Read more...] about Excellent Resources for Texas Employers