Texas Business Law: The Advantages of Organizing Your Business as a Corporation

When you started out as a business owner, you probably registered your company as a sole proprietorship. This type of legal identity is straightforward and provides a young enterprise and its owner with immediate advantages. For example, there are few formalities or paperwork; your business losses can be deducted from your personal tax return; and tax filing, in general, is relatively uncomplicated. As your company Read More

Thinking About Going Through the Stepparent Adoption Process in Texas? Read This First!

Stepparent adoption is a way to provide legal recognition for the relationship a stepparent has with their spouse’s children, particularly when the other parent is not involved. The official legal status of an adoptive parent provides practical benefits for the child. In addition, it protects the rights of a stepparent who has become the sole other parent in the upbringing of their spouse’s child. At the same, it is Read More

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Guardian for Your Needs

Choosing the right guardian for your children or special needs family member is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. The idea of someone else raising and caring for them is heart-wrenching and naming that person is an uncomfortable reminder that accidents and terminal illnesses happen. They could even happen to you. Perhaps you are holding off on naming a guardian because you assume that if Read More

4 Things to Know About the Chapter 7 Trustee

When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the court appoints a bankruptcy trustee to oversee and administer your case. Although there are technically different parties involved in your filing, none of them have a greater impact than your trustee. Therefore, their powers and responsibilities are important for you to understand. Here are four things you should know about your Chapter 7 trustee and their Read More

Resources from Texas Young Lawyers Association

The Texas Young Lawyer's Association has featured a short video designed to emphasize the impact of parents' behavior during divorce. Through dramatizations and interviews with children, parents, judges, and counselors who have been impacted by divorce or work in the family law field, the video gives parents a road map of behaviors to avoid and suggestions for improving communication and minimizing stress on Read More

Texas Family Law: How Child Custody is Determined

Divorce is always difficult, but when there are children involved, things become much more complex and emotional. Even in an amicable divorce, both parents usually want as much time as possible with their kids, so custody arrangements can be hard to agree on. In some cases it’s impossible. When this happens, the court will have to make these decisions for them. Texas has few systemic rules when it comes to Read More

4 Ways a Divorce Affects Your Estate Planning

When you’re in the process of divorce, revising your current estate plan is not usually foremost in your mind. You’re more likely to be concerned about how marital property will be divided, who will have primary physical custody of the kids, and how the divorce will affect your finances. However, it is also a perfect time to review your Will and powers of attorney, or set them up if you have not already done so. Read More

The 4 Best Ways to Protect and Support Your Kids During Your Divorce

As parents, we count the well-being of our children as a top priority, which is one of the reasons why many of us stay in unhappy marriages for so long. As we lie awake at night, we wonder, “How will a divorce affect them?” Even if divorce is the best solution for everyone, your children will initially be concerned, upset, and anxious when you and your spouse sit down to tell them. This is a normal reaction, and Read More

4 Common Encumbrances on Real Estate You Should Know About

When you’re trying to close on a residential or commercial property, the last thing you want to hear is that there are encumbrances against it. An encumbrance is a claim or liability against, or limitation on a piece of real estate. Depending on the type, it can lessen the value of the property, affect its use, and even limit the seller’s ability to transfer title to it. Below are 4 common real estate Read More

Thinking About Starting a New Business? Learn About These 4 Business Structures First!

When you’re starting a business in Texas, one of the most important decisions you will need to make is what legal structure to use. Your choice will affect how much you pay in taxes, the amount of recordkeeping you are required to do, and the degree of personal liability you face for business debts. Here’s a quick overview of the four most common business structures and the pros and cons of each. Sole Read More