We were shocked to see that Aretha Franklin, an incredibly talented singer and a person who has certainly earned a lot of money during her lifetime, died without a will. The technical term for dying without a will is that she died intestate. When someone dies without a will, the laws of the state in which the deceased resided will likely be what determines how their assets pass and who will be in charge of making sure that deceased’s debts are paid and remaining assets distributed. In Texas, this process
It’s Spring Break time in Rockwall, Texas. If you are divorced and have kids, you know what this means. It means that you need to get out your decree of divorce (you do know where it is, right?) and remind yourself who gets the kids this year. The Texas Family Code sets out what lawyers call a Standard Possession Order. Part of that Order says that, “[T]he possessory conservator shall have possession in even-numbered years” and the “managing conservator shall have possession for the same period in odd-numbered years.” So,
Many times, we have new clients in divorce cases who have just been served with a divorce petition. Often, this is a shock to them. We understand how upsetting this can be. We urge you, though, not to let being served with divorce papers stun you so much that you do not take action. Time is now your enemy and you need to react appropriately.
Needless to say, we suggest that you consult with an attorney as soon as you can. We put a high priority on meeting with people who
A power of attorney should be a part of your estate plan. In Texas, the document most commonly used is referred to as a statutory, durable power of attorney. In this document, you can and should name a person (and at least one alternate) to serve as your agent to take care of your business matters, such as paying bills, filing taxes, making bank deposits, and other activities that are necessary in all of our lives.
Some people put off signing a power of attorney, because they are worried about losing
We are happy to welcome Tisa L. White to the firm. Tisa is graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was a member of, and was published in, the Texas Tech Law Review. Tisa practiced litigation with Jackson Walker, L.L.P. upon graduating from law school and now is returning to active practice after taking time to care for her four children. Look for more about Tisa coming soon on our firm website.