As a Beneficiary, Do I Have a Right to Question the Executor?

We receive a number of calls from beneficiaries having problems dealing with executors in probating an estate. Conflicts seem to arise most often when the executor is a step-parent of the beneficiary. These situations can be difficult, but it is important to know that as a beneficiary of an estate, … [Read more...]

Should I Ask My Fiancée to Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement can be difficult to bring up in conversation with your significant other, especially if you are in the midst of planning a wedding. Will your fiancée take it in stride, having confidence that your love for each other will never end, or will asking for a prenup put a stop to … [Read more...]

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...]