The last thing you want to worry about is what will happen to your family and estate when you pass. Maybe you have been concerned about this idea for a while or maybe it is a passing thought you have never considered deeply. Regardless of how many assets you possess, small or large, an estate plan can give you peace
There’s rarely an ideal time to file for divorce. While a family law attorney can handle your case’s legal aspects, the ensuing emotional weight and stress create plenty of tension between spouses. You might worry about asset division or child custody. Maybe you need to find new work or living arrangements. Whether you have had an amicable or bitter split,
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
Guardianship is a legal proceeding in which the court gives a responsible party (usually a family member) full or partial decision making-power (authority) for an adult to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated person (the ward). There are two types of guardianship in Texas—guardianship of the person and guardianship of the estate. The guardian of the person must provide
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
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,
When a child becomes an adult at age 18, they gain the right to make decisions about their life, their finances, and their health. In some cases, however, obtaining a special needs guardianship as their parent or caregiver is necessary for their well-being. Such a guardianship can control some or all of the legal decision making power for the adult
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,
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
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