Most people assume that their spouse automatically just gets everything when they die.  This seems reasonable enough, but apparently not to the legislature that produced the Texas Estates Code.  The Estates Code only gives your spouse all of your belongings automatically when there are no children, or all of the children you have are from…

Many people mistakenly believe that a last will and testament document is all they will need.  Of course, we at Youngblood Law, PLLC, do recommend having an up-to-date will, but we recommend executing several other documents as well.  The main risk to having only a will is simple.  If a person has only a will…

Did you know that minor children can inherit from your estate if you leave them any of your assets in your will, or under certain circumstances even if you die without a will?  This can be a blessing to the children, or a curse to your surviving spouse or other family members that receive a…

Every day we deal with products and services with expiration dates.  Coupons expire.  Medications outlive the printed “Use By” date on the box.  And of course food either outlives the expiration date on the packaging or grows multi-colored fuzz that lets the world know it is no longer fit to consume. But what about a…

In part one of this post, I discussed whether a will expires.  If you missed that post, you can see it here.  Hopefully, after reading that post, you will have reviewed your will to make sure it hasn’t “expired.” With luck, your will still does what you want it to do. But what if you…

Short Answer: Very Likely Many people have the mistaken belief that having a will is something that old rich people do.  However, having an up-to-date will is important for many people.  The solemn truth is that on any given day, there is not guarantee that any of us will make home to our family.  What…

Short Answer: YES! Being wealthy isn’t the deciding factor when determining whether or not you need a will. Having a will, and other supporting documents, is about the relationships we have and a desire to make sure our loved ones are provided for. It’s a deliberate choice to make certain that things are not left…

Many people like the idea of saving money by doing various tasks themselves.  Do-It-Yourself, or DIY for short, home projects are so popular, there is at least one cable TV network dedicated to DIY stuff.  Home improvement warehouses like Lowes and Home Depot cater to DIYers.  Even my teen daughter will be paining her own…

If you saw a person about to step in front of a bus would you act to save that person from certain disaster? Most of us would, thankfully. But what would you do if you saw someone about to make a disastrous mistake by representing himself in a legal proceeding? What if your friend or…

Short Answer: The Price Varies Once you realize that you need a will, the next question is often how much does a will cost. You may be tempted to purchase a do-it-yourself kit.  At Youngblood Law, PLLC, we never recommend self-help legal work, and testamentary documents are not an exception.  For more information on why…

In recent weeks we have discussed the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here , here and here.  At Youngblood Law, we are excited about offering the collaborative divorce process to our clients, but if collaborative divorce is so awesome, then why have so…

For the past five weeks we have discussed the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here , here and here, and here. Part 5 of 5 discussed why so many people haven’t heard of collaborative divorce in Texas.  One of those reasons was that…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process. If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here , here and here. Part four discussed some things to expect in a collaborative divorce, and one of those things is the fact that your friends and family won’t…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here, here and here.  If the collaborative divorce method is so different from the traditional adversarial divorce, what are some things the parties should expect in a collaborative divorce?  The following…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here and here.  Last week we briefly discussed that the collaborative divorce process uses a holistic approach to divorce by using a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.  Who are these professionals? Financial…

In recent weeks we have begun discussing the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed the previous installments in this series, you can find them here and here.  Last week we briefly discussed the professionals who make up the collaborative team. In my last blog I discussed that the Financial Professional (FP) and the Mental Health…

Last week we introduced the concept of collaborative divorce.  If you missed that short essay, you can find it here.  This week we discussed some of the cool features and benefits of the collaborative divorce process.  If you missed it, you can read it here.  In that essay I mentioned safety as a feature of…

Before Your Next (Make Sure This Spouse is Your Ex!) Did you know that most people who file for a divorce have been thinking about it for two years before going to an attorney?  Most people will file a divorce when they finally accept that the marriage is no longer serving a legitimate purpose, but…

Last week we introduced the concept of collaborative divorce.  If you missed that short essay, you can find it here.  This week we will explore some of the prominent features of the collaborative process relative to the traditional adversarial divorce process most people know and fear. Team Effort. The collaborative divorce process uses a holistic…

Many people have never heard of collaborative divorce.  For most folks divorce is associated with negative feelings such as anger, embarrassment, fear, and regret because divorce is generally associated with pain, despair and losing.  In many ways, a divorce is often an excellent opportunity for both parties to lose, whether it is losing assets, losing…

Single for the Holidays, Pt 2. Last week we discussed the 60 day waiting period that Texas requires between the date of filing for a divorce, and the day the divorce can be final.  So what happens during the 60 day waiting period?  One of the most common events that can take place in many…

Single for the Holidays, Pt 1. Every year it seems the retail stores put their holiday items out on the shelves for sale earlier than the year before.  When it’s 100 degrees outside in mid-August, I find it hard to think about Halloween much less Thanksgiving or Christmas!  However, if you or someone you know…

In a divorce there are typically three main concerns for our clients.  First and foremost are the kids, and understandably so.  Second is the division of the assets the parties own now.  Last, but certainly not least, are assets owned now that the parties will depend on in the future—retirement benefits.  These “future benefits” are…

A divorce does more than just formally end a relationship.  It literally redefines the structure of a family unit.  This restructuring has numerous and serious ramifications.  Many ladies will need obvious changes made to their driver’s license to reflect their name change if their maiden name was restored as part of the divorce.  Same with…

When you or someone you know needs a lawyer, there are many options.  But how do you know if a lawyer is a good fit for the client and fact of the case?  When an attorney is needed, Youngblood Law, PLLC,  recommends setting aside a day to meet with a few attorneys to discuss the…

Obviously, the only place to get legal services is from a lawyer, but how do you choose the right lawyer for your needs? This series will look at some items to consider when selecting the right lawyer for you. Here is some insight into the legal profession to help you choose a lawyer. Big Law…

Do you ever do something so often that it just becomes second nature? Whatever this activity is, you can do it backwards and forwards. Then you try to explain the activity to someone else, and they ask questions that are so foundational you are amazed that the person didn’t already know the answer! But why…

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