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January 31, 2018

5 Changes that May Require You to Modify Your Estate Plan

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While many estate planning tools offer the flexibility to automatically address certain changes in your life (such as the accumulation of wealth or the death of a family member), there are a variety of circumstances under which it may still be necessary to revisit your estate plan. Failing to address significant changes can leave your loved ones without guidance to resolve difficult questions; and, in many circumstances, it can result in your estate plan not accurately reflecting your final wishes. Read More

Categories: Estate Planning

January 19, 2018

Practical Tips for Parenting After a Divorce

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As a parent, adjusting to a custody and visitation schedule and maintaining regular contact with your former spouse are likely to be among the most-difficult aspects of life early after your divorce. While certain challenges are going to be inevitable, there are steps you can take during and after your divorce to make this transition as comfortable for you and your children as possible. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce

December 28, 2017

What the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Means for Alimony

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When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, several aspects of the federal tax code changed significantly. For spouses contemplating divorce, one of the most sweeping changes is a reversal of the tax treatment for spousal support (commonly referred to as “alimony”).

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Categories: Family Law & Divorce

December 14, 2017

7 Reasons (Besides Distributing Your Estate) to Have an Estate Plan

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Why should you have an estate plan? While having an estate plan is crucial to ensuring that your assets will be distributed according to your final wishes, this is only part of the equation. A comprehensive estate plan will serve a number of other important purposes as well, all of which are focused on providing certainty and financial stability for your loved ones no matter what the future holds.

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November 30, 2017

Caring for a Loved One with Special Needs: Considerations for Adoption and Guardianship

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If you are seeking the legal right to care for an adult friend or family member with special needs, you potentially have a few different options available. Choosing between these options requires an assessment of your unique circumstances, and it requires you to have a clear understanding of how each option will impact you and your loved one’s lives. Read More

Categories: Guardianship

November 10, 2017

Avoid These Mistakes if You are Preparing to Go Through a Divorce

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When preparing to go through a divorce, there are both steps you need to take and mistakes you need to avoid. Here are seven common mistakes that can negatively impact the outcome of your divorce, including some that can potentially get you into legal trouble. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce

October 27, 2017

What Factors Should Influence When to File for Divorce?

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When contemplating a divorce, there are several questions you need to answer. From legal questions (i.e. “Which assets do I want to protect most during my divorce?”) to those that are more practical in nature (i.e. “Am I prepared to devote the necessary time and attention to the divorce process?”), all of these questions are important, and your answers will help to shape what you can expect both during your divorce and once your marriage is over. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce

October 20, 2017

What Do Divorcing Parents Need to Know about Child Custody Evaluations in Texas?

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If you are preparing for a divorce and have been doing some research online, you may have come across the term, “child custody evaluation.” Most divorces can be resolved without a child custody evaluation. In fact, the Texas courts consider these evaluations a “last resort,” and they are generally only used for establishing parenting rights and responsibilities when there are unique issues at play and the parents cannot arrive at the terms of an acceptable custody arrangement on their own. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce

September 29, 2017

Estate Planning for Millennials: Why You Need an Estate Plan in Your 20s and 30s

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Although many people believe that they only need to worry about estate planning later in life, this is a common misconception. Regardless of your age, there are a number of important reasons to have an estate plan – not only to protect your personal assets, but to protect your family and other loved ones as well. If you are a millennial in your 20s or 30s and are wondering if it is time to put a plan in place, it will be well worth your time to speak with an attorney. Here are just a few of the reasons why: Read More

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September 22, 2017

Understanding Your Obligations to the IRS After a Divorce

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Getting divorced has a number of financial implications, and this means that it also has potential implications for divorcing spouses’ obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). When going through a divorce, it is important to keep in mind that various aspects of your divorce can have tax consequences; and, for many separating couples, tax planning can be a key component of the divorce process. Read More

Categories: Family Law & Divorce


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