Determining Child Custody in Texas Using “Best Interests” Standard

When determining child custody in Texas, a court will seek to determine what living arrangement is in the “best interests” of the child. The trial court is given wide discretion in making its decision. The court considers the following factors in its analysis: 1. The parental abilities of the individuals seeking custody; 2. The programs available to assist these individuals …

Texas Estate Planning Attorney: Why Millennials Need to Start Planning

As a Texas Estate Planning Attorney, I can tell you that you don’t have to be rich or own a lot of valuable assets to have an estate plan. That’s good news for millennials, most of whom haven’t had the time or financial means to save for retirement. Many of them are still paying down their student loans. But even …

5 Questions to Help Your Family Have the Estate Planning Talk

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw Estate planning is a touchy subject for many families. It’s not fun to think about death, and it’s even less fun to talk about it with your parents or your children. Going about the talk the wrong way can lead to conflict, …

4 Topics New Parents Need to Discuss with an Attorney

Becoming a parent—either by birth or though adoption—is one of the most significant things that you can do. As a new parent myself, I know just how much love there is that goes into caring and raising a child. No matter how our families came together, whether we carried our newborns to term, adopted a child through Child Protective Services, …

10 Things to Think about When Choosing a Guardian

Choosing a guardian is an important part of estate planning. Whether you have minor children, an adult child with special needs, or an aging loved one who needs someone to look after them in case you pass away or become incapacitated, if you don’t feel comfortable letting the courts decide for you, there are several things you need to consider …

Texas Divorce Attorney: Back to School Tips for Divorced Parents

As a Texas divorce attorney, I understand how difficult it can be for divorced parents, or parents who are in the middle of a divorce, to get on the same page. You’ve got to coordinate work schedules to make sure the kids are supervised. You’ve got to maintain your cool, even when the other parent makes it difficult. When the …

Will Your Estate Go to Your Family? 4 Ways to Avoid Probate in Texas

Probate court can be a long, costly, and confusing process. Imagine that one of your loved ones has just died. The last thing that you probably want to do is worry about whether the court is going to distribute their estate properly. That’s why so many people want to avoid probate in Texas. Want to keep your estate out of …

Texas Guardianship: You Can Plan for These 2 Situations

Telling your kids that you’re getting a divorce is one of the most difficult conversations you can have, but doing it right can put your family on the path to healing quicker. Your children will most likely remember how you handle it for the rest of their lives. There is no perfect or easy way to do it, but it’s …