Family

Disinheriting A Child – What You Need To Know

Disinheriting a child in a will can be tricky. You have every right to do so, of course, but your action will be seen by outsiders as unnatural. That is why you want to take the right steps to make the disinheritance stick.   While no method is litigation-proof, there are a couple of strategic points that you may want to consider. Make Your Intentions Clear on Disinheriting You want to be clear...

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage… Or does it?

By Kendra Rey Just what is your relationship with your Valentine?  In this month of l’amour, do you know if that person you are cozying up with is your spouse or just a close friend? And what is the legal effect of that? (Leave it to a lawyer to make “Love” something debatable!) If you have gone through a ceremonial marriage with your significant other, then you know you have a...

5 Myths about Texas Divorces

Off With Their Heads:  5 Myths about Texas Divorces Has your divorce case spiraled into the underhanded and ugly? Do you loathe your ex?  Do you ever think to yourself, “they cannot possibly act any more crazy”? Let me tell you, they can. In January of 2020, an Iowa man named David Ostrom requested that the judge presiding over his divorce case enter an order allowing Ostrom and his ex-wife to...

When Does Child Support End In Texas?

What a strange and difficult year 2020 has been for families! Determining whether to home school children or send them back to a face to face learning environment in the midst of a pandemic has been challenging. Loss of earnings and stability has been something parents and children alike have been forced to handle. And through it all, parents have the obligation to emotionally and financially support their minor children,...

How to Modify a Divorce Decree When Children Are Involved

As we have discussed in earlier articles, divorce is a very common occurrence in Texas, with about 75,000 couples in the state ending their marriages each year. That’s an average of almost 290 divorces every weekday. However, the fact that it is a common occurrence does not mean it is uncomplicated. There are always financial issues to be addressed in every divorce proceeding, which experienced family law attorneys can...

Child Custody Mediation Advantages: Full Checklist

Issues related to child custody can be especially difficult, often involving the services of a family mediator. If you’re involved in divorce proceedings which include child custody, we hope you’ll reach out to Hammerle Finley Law Firm and let one of our experienced Family Law attorneys provide you with invaluable assistance. What Is Mediation In Family Law? Mediation in family law is a confidential, problem-solving process in which a neutral, skilled...

7 Things to Know About Getting a Divorce in Texas

Sometimes despite our best intentions and the initial seriousness of our vows, marriage just does not work out, and divorce becomes the wisest course of action. In fact, approximately 75,000 couples divorce every year in Texas. If this is a situation you’re facing, we would like to provide answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about securing a divorce in Texas. 1. Do I have The Grounds to...

Everything You Need to Know About Marital Trusts

With all the different kinds of trusts available, as well as the specific ways they differ from state to state, it can be hard to figure out exactly what a marital trust is, much less whether or not you and your spouse need one. What is a martial trust? Let’s start with the basics. A trust is a legal arrangement that allows a third party to hold valuable assets — like...

Medicaid Planning – Paying For Nursing Homes

Planning A Must Have you priced nursing homes lately?  In Texas, you are looking at an average annual cost of $50,000.  And we are on the low end; nationally, the average annual cost is closer to $75,000.  New Jersey costs a whopping $109,500 annually.   Who the heck can afford that?    Hello Medicaid.     Medicaid provides several programs that are funded through a state-federal agreement.  One of the programs provides long-term nursing home care benefits...

How To Pay For Long Term and Nursing Home Care

Paying For Long Term Care Through Medicaid and VA Pensions There are two primary public benefits programs that can help pay for nursing home or long-term care:  VA Pension and Medicaid (there is another VA program for veterans with a service-connected disability).  Both programs have strict requirements for qualification and they are, to put it mildly, complicated. What is a VA Pension and How Is A Veteran Eligible? VA Pension is a federal...

What To Do If Someone Dies

The Body in the Library Clues to Your Next Step There are few things more disconcerting than waking up to find a dead body in your home.  It might be helpful to know what you should do next.   What To Do If Someone Dies If you are certain that the person is dead, then do not move the body or otherwise disturb the scene. If the deceased was enrolled in hospice, then call the hospice...

Cemetery Plot Sales and Laws

Picture yourself walking through a peaceful cemetery at dawn, light filtering through the leafy canopies of ancient oaks onto an array of crumbling carved gravestones.  In the distance you see a small mausoleum fronted, jarringly, with a white sign saying FOR SALE BY OWNER.   That’s probably not going to happen, at least in Texas where cemetery plots are controlled by a confusing mixture of state law and local rules.  When you...