If you hire a lawyer to represent you, then chances are pretty good that the lawyer will expect to get paid for his or her services. You need to get the payment arrangement worked out at the very beginning. There are 3 typical types of attorney fee arrangements: hourly, contingent and flat fee. Sometimes the agreements are a hybrid of these 3. An hourly fee agreement means the attorney … [Read more...] about Attorney Fee Agreements: A Cheat Sheet for Clients
Know your roles. They are key to deciphering your rights under contract and statute. A good example is found in the Texas Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Ferreira v. Butler case. Here is the background. Norman divorced Linda. He then married Patricia, who had children from a prior marriage. Patricia died in 2006, leaving a will that left her entire estate to Norman. Norman never … [Read more...] about Roles In Probate and Is the 4 Year Rule Gone?
The Social Security Administration is not going to call you out of the blue and threaten you with arrest if you do not press a number and give your personal information. Your grandchild does not need you to send $10,000 in small bills, folded inside magazine pages, via federal express to get him or her out of legal trouble. Funds donated through a GoFundMe page set up after a natural disaster … [Read more...] about Scams with a 2019 Twist: SSA, Grandchildren and Disasters
If you own a home with a mortgage, then you need to know about 12 U.S. Code Section 1701j-3. More commonly known as the Garn-St. Germain Act, this federal law contains a list of exemptions from a due-on-sale clause for the sale of residential real property. A due-on-sale clause is a tricky little provision that authorizes a lender to accelerate payment of a note if the collateral is sold … [Read more...] about The Due-On-Sale Clause: Exemptions are Limited; Liability is Not
Texas real estate law can be pretty confusing, especially when it involves community property. Read on for a cautionary, and all-too-common, tale. Carol and David Smith, married for 25 years, moved to Texas and bought a house. The title company attorney initially prepared the property deed identifying them as “Carol and David Smith, husband, and wife.” David, being a shrewd man who knew a … [Read more...] about Deed for Death: Texas Twist for Survivors
It is easy to criticize a state government, but we should also give credit where it is due. Texas has been recognized as a model for other states for its Guardianship Abuse Fraud and Exploitation Deterrence Program. That is guardianship reform, folks, and it is a good thing. The population of Texans 65+ is projected to double to 6 million by 2030. Since 2014, the Texas Judicial Council has … [Read more...] about Guardianship Reform at the Forefront of State Policies