International Adoptions down due to Many Factors

According to Time Magazine, the number of international children adopted by American families has dropped 60% since 2004, due to changes in the developing world. These changes include 1) reform efforts; 2) economic growth; and 3) resurgent nationalism. (Time, January 21, 2013, “The Baby Deficit“, by Kayla Webley)  Stricter laws and policies…

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Get it in Writing!

We often have clients come to visit us with legal troubles who shake their heads and say, “I KNEW I should have gotten that in writing!” In some situations, having a contract isn’t just a good idea, it’s a legal necessity!  Under the law in Texas, and in many other states…

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Can a Copy of a Will be Probated in Texas?  

Once a Texas will has been properly drafted and executed, the original should be kept in a safe place.  This should be a place that is dry and safe, such as a fireproof box.  The will may also be kept in a safe deposit box, however, this is not always…

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Update for our clients; How a Federal Governmental Shutdown Might Affect You and Your Case

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…

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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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What if you Don’t WANT Child Support for Your Child?

There are times when a parent may be entitled to collect child support for a child, but still would choose not to do so.   Here is a list of the statements that we usually hear:   “I don’t want any child support because my ex is dangerous or a bad…

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Do YOU Need a Premarital Agreement?

 Premarital agreements are also called Prenuptial Agreements, or “Prenups”.   Most couples who decide on a premarital agreement do so for one or more of the following reasons; a) there is a disparity in their assets; b) there is a disparity in the amount of debts owed; c) they want to preserve…

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What Everyone Should Know About Paying “Old Debts”

If a creditor wants to sue, they must do so within the time periods allowed by law. This time period varies from state to state.  However, even if this time period has run, a consumer may “reactivate” the debt by taking certain actions. (Such as promising to pay, corresponding about…

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