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An excellent comment from my friend Drew Gibbs…

June 18, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on An excellent comment from my friend Drew Gibbs…

In light of this letter from a bunch of misinformed pastors, and Gov. Abbott’s “Pastor Protection Act,” which deliberately panders to the misinformed, I just want to share some information for my concerned Christian friends. The gay marriage movement, and the decision coming this summer from our Supreme Court, deals with forcing our gov’t to acknowledge […]

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Goodbye Probate Code, Hello Estate Code

July 29, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Goodbye Probate Code, Hello Estate Code

Effective January 1, 2014, the Texas Legislature recodified the Texas Probate Code as the Texas Estates Code.  This change came about as a part of the legislature’s ongoing project, which began in 1963, to revise and reorganize Texas statutes.  The revisions put the statutes in a more logical order and a more user-friendly format, eliminate […]

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United States v. Windsor

February 20, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on United States v. Windsor

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court handed down a highly anticipated decision striking down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013).  This controversial case began when the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple was denied federal tax benefits. Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, […]

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2014 Update: Affordable Care Act (ACA)

January 16, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on 2014 Update: Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act, the health care reform legislation passed in 2010, originally mandated health insurance coverage for everyone starting January 1, 2014. But the law’s complexity soon made it evident that the requirements would have to be revised. The first change was the one-year delay in the requirement that companies with 50 or more […]

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Texas West Oaks Hospital v. Williams

July 15, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Texas West Oaks Hospital v. Williams

The Texas Supreme Court recently expanded Health Care Liability Claims (HCLCs) coverage under the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA) to include claims by non-patients against health care providers. In Texas West Oaks Hospital v. Williams, 371 S.W.3d 171 (Tex. 2012), a technician at a mental hospital had an altercation with a patient, which resulted in […]

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2012 Tax Act

February 21, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on 2012 Tax Act

After months of negotiating, Congress and the President finally reached an agreement regarding income taxes and Federal spending. The new laws are contained in a bill known as the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the “2012 Tax Act”). The 2012 Tax Act also addressed estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes, and those changes […]

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529 Accounts: What Every Parent Should Know

August 23, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on 529 Accounts: What Every Parent Should Know

You have a number of options when it comes to saving for college. There are Uniform Transfers to Minors Accounts, education IRAs, and prepaid tuition plans, just to name a few. All the options have their advantages, but have you considered a 529 account? A 529 account combines great features to make a fairly good […]

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Texas Order of Non-Disclosure

February 10, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Texas Order of Non-Disclosure

Did you receive a POM at age 19? A DWI at age 21? Or is there some other small smudge on your criminal background record? If you have been successful on deferred adjudication probation, you may be able to control access to your criminal record through an Order for Non-Disclosure. Once sealed, you may legally […]

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Texas “Loser Pays” Bill

December 20, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Texas “Loser Pays” Bill

On May 25, 2011, the Texas Legislature passed H.B. No. 274 (a.k.a. “Loser Pays” Bill).  The law went into effect on September 1, 2011, and applies to civil suits filed after that date.  Despite its name, the “loser” of a suit only pays if it “loses” at an early stage of the litigation process.  Specifically, […]

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Should I give out copies of my Will?

November 03, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   Comments Off on Should I give out copies of my Will?

For some people, their estate planning documents are as private as their income tax returns, and nobody is ever given copies. For other people, estate planning documents are no different than a spare key to the house, and every family member and executor and/or trustee named in the documents is given a copy. If you […]

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