I have been asked this question many times over the years. The answer is – it depends. According to the Social Security Administration, if you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's ... » Learn More about Am I Entitled To My Ex-Spouse’s Social Security Benefits After They Die?
Sometimes divorce happens. It could be because one spouse is unfaithful, the couple fights all the time about money or a myriad of other reasons. Unfortunately, in many of the saddest and ugliest cases I’ve seen, a relationship is brought to an end ... » Learn More about Protecting Yourself with a Protective Order in Cases of Domestic Violence
Father’s Day can be a difficult time for many children due to many factors, including divorce. As a result, many children don’t have the opportunity for what many consider a “traditional” Father’s Day. I’d like to share some thoughts about the ... » Learn More about Father’s Day-From a Family Law Attorney’s Perspective
Maybe I am just getting old - or perhaps 30 to 40 years ago all this talk about 401(k)’s, IRA’s, QDRO’s and the like were misunderstood by everyone. Whatever the reason, a lot of new clients are coming to me with questions and problems about ... » Learn More about Retirement Lost! Yes, It Can Happen.
Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for many children due to many factors including divorce. As a result, many children don’t have the opportunity for what many consider a “traditional” Mother’s Day. I’d like to share some thoughts about the ... » Learn More about Mother’s Day – From a Family Law Attorney’s Perspective
Sometimes the last wishes of a loved one or family member outlined in their Will just don’t make sense to you, and you want to challenge the Will in court. My partner Bill Neal wrote another article recently about the legal grounds for challenging a ... » Learn More about That’s Not What Dad Wanted! Can I Contest His Will?
For the last few years in my practice of Family Law, it seems every case involving children there has been the issue of equal (50/50) possession. I applaud both parents wanting to step up during or after a divorce and share the tremendous rigors of ... » Learn More about Equal Possession (50/50) does not Equal No Child Support
Folks that come to see me for consultations about divorce with children are always worried and always have the lingo down wrong. They have talked to their neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, or a family member living in another state who has been ... » Learn More about Know the “Legal Lingo” of Child Custody
Do you know what is expected of you if you are the Executor of an estate or a will in Texas? There are quite a few duties and obligations that are the legal obligation of the Executor of an estate, so let’s look at the process step by step. Taking ... » Learn More about Your Job as Executor of an Estate
If you have a family member or loved one die, you may be surprised or even shocked to find that their Will is very different from what you were expecting. Especially if you had seen a copy of the Will previously, but the Will being presented now is ... » Learn More about What Makes a Will Invalid?