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2018 – A Year in Review Veteran’s Benefits, Fiduciary Rules and More

Circa 2018 was a busy year for elders. New rules came in, old rules went out, and courts issued opinions that shocked. Here are just a few of the changes. Investors beware, again.  The Department of Labor rule that required financial professionals to put their client’s best interests first was blown dead by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in March 2018. The SEC has now picked up the ball and is...

The Laws They are A-Changing: New Year Rings in the 86th Legislature

Take a moment and savor that holiday spirit.  You will need it when the Texas Legislature saddles up on January 8, 2019, to kick off its 86th session. The Texas Legislature meets for 140 days every two years, whether it needs to or not.  There are some scrooges who claim that theschedule is the result of a huge misunderstanding and that the original intentwas for...

Electronic Wills in Texas

An Idea Before its Time Sometimes it seems as if you can do anything online – order groceries, close on your home sale, buy a gift and have it delivered in time for your mother’s birthday.   Electronic signatures are even more ubiquitous.   There is no question that online commerce provides convenience and uniformity in transactions. Yet your estate plan still requires the use of pen and paper. How is it possible that...

Appointing An Agent to Manage Your Finances

So you need some help managing your financial affairs.  Let’s look at your options. A Power of Attorney is a document you sign that gives another person authority to handle all or some of your financial transactions.  In the Power of Attorney, you are the principal and the person you appoint is the agent.  The document describes the types of transactions the agent is authorized to handle. The Power of...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Making Your Case

"Tis the season for carbon monoxide poisoning and resulting personal injury cases. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is caused by the incomplete combustion of natural fossil fuels - natural gas, propane, oil, coal, kerosene, gasoline, wood and other flammables.    Some common causes are running a generator in an enclosed room, a clogged chimney, cracked heat exchangers, and  faulty pipes. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are difficult to detect, because they masquerade as the flu. ...

Children’s Rights – the Criminal Search in Texas

Your child just called you to report that she has been “searched” at her Texas school.  Was it lawful?  Who did the search and to what extent was she searched?  What was found?  Are they allowed to use what was found against your child? The legality of a Texas search on a child  is determined by both Texas Law and Federal Law.   The first thing to realize is that children...

Is Your Juvenile “Under Arrest”?

You have just been notified by the local authorities that your juvenile has been taken into custody.  Does that mean he or she has been “arrested” for a criminal offense?  For juvenile defense, Denton County attorney Craig Price turns to the Texas Family Code.  Texas Family Code Section 52.01(b) provides: (b) The taking of a child into custody is not an arrest except for the purpose of determining the...
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