Starting a Business in Texas

With spring in the air and a somewhat stable economy beneath our feet, the time may be right to strike out on your own and give life to your business idea. Whether you desire flexibility in scheduling your time, increased earning potential, or both, give yourself a greater chance of success by … [Read more...]

As a Texas Employer, How Does the Lilly Ledbetter Act Affect Me?

Political candidates in Texas are still wrangling over whether Texas will pass an equal-pay-for-women act similar to the federal law enacted in 2009. Proponents of the bill say it is necessary to help reduce gender discrimination in the workplace, while opponents argue the bill will open the … [Read more...]

How Does Guardianship of an Adult Work in Texas?

There are many situations where you might need to seek legal guardianship of an adult in Texas, such as when your aging parents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s or another illness which prevents them from handling their personal affairs. Another example could be a mentally disabled child who needs … [Read more...]

Safeguarding Your Last Will and Testament

As soon as you cross making a will off the to do list, take a little more time to wrap up the task by storing it in a safe place. Many people keep their wills in a safe or firebox in the closet at home. While that's a safe place most of the time, have a back up plan in case your safe is stolen or … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean to Be the Personal Representative of an Estate?

 If a Texas resident passes away, whether or not they left a will, the authority to oversee the administration of the estate lies with the Texas probate court located where the deceased resided or where the decedent owned real estate. The personal representative of the estate is the person … [Read more...]

Is a Crummey Trust Right for My Situation?

A Crummey trust can be an efficient, tax-saving way to transfer your assets incrementally, potentially avoiding both estate taxes and gift taxes. Depending on the value of your assets, your tax savings can be significant, especially if your trust operates as planned for a number of years. How does … [Read more...]

My Spouse Is Being Transferred — Can My Ex Stop Me From Moving with the Kids?

The process of moving your family to start a new job can be stressful enough, without the added complications of moving outside the geographically restricted area defined in your Texas divorce decree or custody order. These situations need to be handled carefully to avoid violating the court order … [Read more...]

There Is Plenty of Time to Make a Will — Until There’s No Time Left

More often than not, we go about our daily routines, allotting blocks of time for items on the to-do list. We think we have plenty of time to get everything done, and by the end of the day we look back to see that each task took more time to finish than we anticipated. The old adage rings true — a … [Read more...]

Despite Persistent Unemployment Rates, One Economist Warns Businesses to Expect Labor Shortages

The national unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high since the recession, even though some states are reporting lower unemployment. While many argue the unemployment rate does not accurately reflect the number of Americans out of work since it doesn’t include workers who have given up and … [Read more...]

What Do I Need to Access My Father’s Safe Deposit Box?

This question comes up in estate cases quite frequently. Many people keep important documents in their safe deposit boxes, along with valuables, and a will is undoubtedly one of the most important documents you can have. But, unless you have a co-owner on your safe deposit box, you may be making … [Read more...]