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August 2012 Archives

What NOT To Look For When Hiring A Lawyer

Choosing a lawyer can be challenging. First, the need for a lawyer is usually infrequent, less frequent than choosing other professionals like doctors or dentists. Secondly, it is difficult for lay people to assess the technical competence of professionals like doctors or lawyers. We usually make those judgments based on their "bedside manner" and whether we feel we can trust the individual. Finally, the need for a lawyer is frequently associated with a stressful situation, and it is well known that stress and anxiety can affect the quality of our decision-making.

13 Reasons To Update Your Will In Central Texas

Whenever I give I talk, I ask for a show of hands regarding who has a will. It is usually much less than half. When I ask how many have updated their will in the last 3 years, I get 1 or 2 hands, or none. Most of us postpone doing a will because it reminds us of the inevitable. Yet it is probably the most important legal document you will ever be a party to. If you own anything or have children and die unexpectedly (few of us expect to die unexpectedly!), a stranger, a judge with no personal knowledge of you, will oversee the disposition of your assets and your children.

Why Do I Need A Prenuptial Agreement In Central Texas?

Many people see prenuptial agreements (prenups) as a poor way to start a marriage because they seem to anticipate its failure. Prenups are also incorrectly viewed as the exclusive province of the rich and famous. But with roughly half of all marriages ending in divorce, getting married without a prenuptial agreement can be a riskier than actually bringing the subject up with your partner.