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Co-Parenting During Divorce: How to Work Together for Your Children

Divorce can prove to be a contentious time for you and your former spouse. Dividing assets can lead to heated disagreements. If you have children, you need to figure out custody arrangements, which could heighten the tension even further. Co-parenting during divorce can prove frustrating, but here are a few tips to make it work for you and your children....

Financial Planning for Special Needs Children

Special needs children present a unique challenge for estate planning. Optimizing your estate to use, enhance, and enrich assets for your special needs child while maintaining their enrollment in public benefits programs requires careful planning. An estate planning attorney can prepare a special needs trust to accomplish these and other goals you have...

Considerations for Including a Family LLC in an Estate Plan

A limited liability company (LLC) exists structurally between a partnership and a corporation. Most small business owners are aware this hybrid legal entity is beneficial for financial management, yet an LLC is also a powerful estate planning tool for much the same reason. In the case of estate planning, a Family LLC permits the transfer of assets to...

You Don’t Always Have to Give to Receive

If there is a possibility that a loved one might need Medicaid assistance in the foreseeable future, that person should not be giving gifts. This can be sad if that person gets joy out of generosity. But gifts in that situation can turn out to be very, very expensive. (New) Giving gifts to a loved one who is likely to need Medicaid assistance...

Probate with a Will or Without

People commonly know that probate occurs in probate court after someone passes away, and that it is something that happens after someone dies. Many people don’t realize that the process can be long and complicated. Sometimes, it may take months or years to complete. The probate process can be necessary whether or not a person dies with a Last...

Special Needs Guardianship: A Short Guide for Parents

When a child becomes an adult at age 18, they gain the right to make decisions about their life, their finances, and their health. In some cases, however, obtaining a special needs guardianship as their parent or caregiver is necessary for their well-being. Such a guardianship can control some or all of the legal decision making power for the adult...

Matagorda County Attorney: How to Handle the Holidays for Kids of Divorce

As a Matagorda County attorney, I hear about it all the time. The holidays can be a difficult time for children whose parents are divorced or separated. No matter how co-parents schedule their time with their child—for example, splitting time on Christmas or one parent taking Christmas Eve and the other Christmas day—the holidays can be a confusing...

Obtaining Guardianship of an Adult Child in Texas

Guardianship is a legal proceeding in which the court gives a responsible party (usually a family member) full or partial decision making-power (authority) for an adult to make decisions on behalf of an incapacitated person (the ward). There are two types of guardianship in Texas—guardianship of the person and guardianship of the estate. The guardian...

How to Find a Divorce Lawyer Who Is Perfect for Your Case

Divorce is difficult enough without having to find a divorce lawyer who is the right fit for your case. Most people have no experience when it comes to searching for an attorney who practices family law, so searching for someone to take on your case can seem daunting. Getting divorced is not a decision that people take lightly, and rightly so....

Managing Special Needs Children’s Money Throughout Their Lifetime

The estate planning process is more challenging for children with special needs. Optimizing your estate to use, enhance, and enrich assets for your special needs child while maintaining their enrollment in public benefits programs requires careful planning. An estate planning attorney can prepare a special needs trust to accomplish these and other goals...

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