Seventeen. That is how many business days a person can delay accepting a valid durable power of attorney. Eleven. That is how many different reasons a person can use when refusing to accept a durable power of attorney. Seventy-four. That is how many sections there are in the new law governing durable powers of attorney. Now that’s out of the way, let’s focus on some … [Read more...] about Duties and Deadlines – Texas Power of Attorney Packs a Punch
November was National Adoption Month, so let’s talk adoption! While adoption laws differ from state to state and the procedures vary depending on the situation, here are some of the basics of Texas adoption. The parental rights of the biological parents must be terminated. This termination can be involuntary or voluntary, which happens through an affidavit that is signed no sooner than 48 … [Read more...] about Family is Stronger than Blood – Basics of Texas Adoption
“The first casualty of war is truth.” Sherwood Eddy and Kirby Page, The Abolition of War. Probate and estate planning are difficult enough without having to wade through the flotsam of advertising materials for promotional seminars, do-it-yourself forms, and product salesmen. Here is a bit of unvarnished truth. If you have a trust, then you still need a will, but if you have a … [Read more...] about Trust vs. Will – The War Continues
Let’s talk deeds, as in Warranty Deeds, Special Warranty Deeds, Deeds of Gift and Lady Bird Deeds. It can be a bit mind-numbing. A deed is the document used to transfer title to real estate in Texas. When you sell land, the typical form of the deed used is a warranty deed. There is a basic form in the Texas Property Code. This type of document gives the property with a covenant of … [Read more...] about A Deed, Indeed – Words Make the Property
From all of us here at Hammerle Finley Law Firm, we would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving Day! Want to receive our monthly email newsletter or book one of our attorneys for a speaking engagement? Email LegalTalkTexas@Hammerle.com and let us know how we can help. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal … [Read more...] about Happy Thanksgiving!
Imagine that you could remember every person who has impacted your life – starting with your parents and ending with the grocery store checker from yesterday. That is a mind-boggling number of people. Now imagine that you had the ability to remember your interaction with each and every one of them. You would rapidly discover that each memory would be accompanied by an emotion - happiness, … [Read more...] about Thanks For The Legacy – The True Meaning of Thanksgiving