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

What To Do After You Are Served With A Divorce Petition

Unexpectedly being served with a divorce petition is difficult.  You are faced with the loss of a relationship that you may not have been expecting.  Or maybe you thought it was possible but you didn’t expect it to actually happen. You may be worried about your children.  Or your property.  You have so many thoughts… Continue Reading

Key Estate Planning Documents in Texas

There are numerous documents used when putting together an estate plan.  Each plan is different and focused on the individual client’s needs so one client may have documents in his or her estate plan that are not necessary to address another client’s estate planning objectives.  However, certain documents are common to most estate plans. It… Continue Reading

What Does It Mean to Probate a Will as a Muniment of Title?

A Muniment of Title is an alternative method of probating a will that is unique to Texas.  Probating a will as a Muniment of Title is more efficient than a full probate appointing an independent executor which often results in significantly lower costs.  Like most things, there are advantages and disadvantages to the Muniment of… Continue Reading

Preparing For Your Consultation With A Divorce Attorney

Preparing For Your Consultation With A Divorce Attorney

After you make the decision to retain an attorney and file for divorce, or after you are served with a petition for divorce, you will soon find yourself preparing to meet with divorce lawyer.  There is a lot going on at this point.  You may be mentally or emotionally fatigued just making the decision to… Continue Reading