General Rules for Spousal Maintenance in a Texas Divorce

This article provides an overview of the general rules that govern a spouse’s eligibility for spousal maintenance, factors affecting the award of spousal maintenance, and the amount of spousal maintenance in a Texas divorce. No Alimony Texas is a “no alimony” state. This is a public policy that is important to keep in mind when… Continue Reading

General Rules for Child Support in a Texas Divorce

This article provides an overview of the rules governing child support in a Texas divorce case. It touches on subjects such as the duty to support, calculating child support based on statutory guidelines, basis for deviating from statutory guidelines, as well as medical and dental support. Duty To Support By law, a parent has a… Continue Reading

General Rules of Child Custody in a Texas Divorce

This article is intended to provide a broad overview of the general rules governing child custody decisions in a Texas divorce. I will note that the law doesn’t use the term “custody” in a Texas divorce. Instead, the law uses terms such as “conservatorship,” “possession,” and “access.” Let’s begin by looking at the different types… Continue Reading

How Do I Probate a Will If I’ve Been Appointed Executor

Many times people are appointed executor under the terms of a will but have no idea how to start the process of probating the will and opening an administration. This article provides a brief overview of the process of probating a will and the initial steps in administering the estate. Step 1: Meet With An… Continue Reading

Key Child Custody Terms in Texas

The legal terms used in child custody proceedings are different from the every day terms such as “custody” and “visitation.”  This article provides definitions for some of the more common terms you will likely encounter during a divorce proceeding with children in Texas. If you would like more information on how child custody decisions are… Continue Reading

Estate Planning 101

Most people hear the term “estate planning” and either don’t know what it involves or don’t fully understand what an estate plan accomplishes.  This article is an Estate Planning 101 to help explain what estate planning is all about, including what an estate is, the goals of estate planning, what an estate plan does, and… Continue Reading

Four Probate Options When Someone Passes Away Without A Will

When someone passes away without a will, family members are often left unsure what to do when it comes to settling the person’s estate.  In general, there are four options: (1) a small estate affidavit; (2) an affidavit of heirship; (3) a determination of heirship; and (4) a dependent or independent administration of the estate. … Continue Reading