Estate planning is important to everyone. You do not need to own a big house or have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank to plan an estate. No matter how much or how little you own, everyone can follow the same essential steps to estate planning.
If you are to die without a will, Texas statutes will determine how all your assets will be divided. So the first step to planning an estate is the preparation of a will. It can be done on your own, but it is not recommended since a will of that kind may not hold up in court.
The next step to follow is the Texas durable power of attorney. This allows you to appoint someone to manage your assets in the event that you can no longer manage them yourself. If your physical health or mental well-being is deteriorating, there is a pressing need to have someone you trust handling your finances. If there is no durable power of attorney, the court will order the guardianship and decide who handles your affairs.
The third step is similar in that it also involves the power of attorney but from a medical standpoint. The Texas medical power of attorney is a document that permits you to choose someone to make medical decisions on your behalf.
The next step is place to further protect people in a medical setting. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, also known as HIPPA, sets limitations on exactly who can view your medical records. Gaining a HIPPA authorization lets you name a person who can access your medical records and enable them to share information with health care providers.
The last step is to create a living will, which is also referred to as the Texas Directive to Physicians. This document clarifies your instructions to physicians when it comes to the use of artificial methods that will keep you alive should you experience a terminal condition.
Each step was created to make sure your life unfolds to your exact wishes. Estate planning is a careful process that can be made easier with the help of the professionals at Hixson Law Firm. Our probate attorneys are available to assist people young and old in Arlington, Grand Prairie, Mansfield and other neighboring communities.
In the state of Texas, mechanic liens need to be filed in a certain time frame. There are also different contractors eligible to file a mechanic’s lien and time limitations, and procedures differ for each group.
Original or general contractors are the ones who deal directly with the property owner. Their affidavits need to be filed by the 15th day of the fourth month after the contract was terminated, work was finished, or the site was abandoned. The liens also have to be filed with the clerk in the county where the work was performed.
First-tier subcontractors are individuals who have agreed to terms to do work on the property with the original contractor. First-tier subcontractors need to send a certified letter to the original contractor for unpaid services in the same time frame, by the 15th day after the fourth month of service.
Second-tier subcontractors do not have any type of dealing with the original contractor. Their agreements are arranged with the first-tier subcontractors. They must follow the same guidelines as first-tier subcontractors but must also send the original contractor a preliminary notice before filing a lien. That preliminary notice must be sent before the 15th day of the second month in which they supplied labor or materials.
Liens can also be filed by material suppliers. Any first-tier fabricators must provide the property owner with notice by the 15th day of the second month after the order for materials were received. An affidavit must then be filed by the 15th day of the fourth month after materials were received or from the time the contract was breached.
There are many steps to take before actually filing an affidavit for a lien and then there is another process that comes afterward. No matter what kind of contractor you are, Hixson Law Firm can help with your mechanic’s lien or construction project dispute. Contractors in Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie can lean on our experience to walk you through every part of the process and help find the best possible outcome for you.
Most divorce cases seem pretty cut and dry. A couple wants to separate so they go to court, and it is off their separate ways. There is much more to it than that. There are also plenty of truths many people do not know about divorce in the state of Texas.
Should a married couple be expecting a baby, mostly all courts in the state of Texas will not finalize the divorce until the baby is born. The reason for this is due to the need of an eventual child support order which will be included as part of the final divorce decree.
A divorce can also be done without any feedback from the party being served with divorce papers. From the time respondents are served with divorce papers, they have 21 days to respond with an answer. If an answer is not provided, the case becomes default and the process can be finished without the respondent.
Once a divorce is final, neither party can marry someone else for the next 31 days, unless they can show a just cause to the court. However, the divorcing parties can remarry each other within that 31-day period.
Texas is a no-fault divorce state which means that a divorce can be granted without having to put any kind of blame on the spouse. However, there needs to be grounds for a fault-based divorce.
According to Texas law, a spouse is granted the right for a fault-based divorce if their spouse has been convicted of a felony and incarcerated for up to a year. One year of abandonment also gives a spouse grounds for a fault-based divorce. Couples who have lived apart for at least three years can file for a fault-based divorce as well.
Children who are at least 12 years old have the right to declare which parent they would like to live with, though the court still has the final say in the matter.
Divorces happen for many reasons. Whatever those reasons may be, it’s important to have an experienced divorce attorney working for you. Hixson Law Firm has helped many spouses through the divorce process in the Mansfield, Arlington and Grand Prairie areas. The help you need to move on with your life is waiting for you at Hixson Law Firm.
Any matter of child custody rarely fails to include child support. With more than half of marriages ending in divorce, many children need child support from their non-custodial parent.
This also holds true with unwed parents, who share a child together. Both have certain obligations to fulfill as parents.
Many people are obligated to make child support payments every month. But just how much should those payments be?
It differs from person to person and depends on the amount of income earned. In the state of Texas, the non-custodial parent of a child is required to pay child support. How much is contingent upon a number of factors. Those factors include the non-custodial parent’s net income, net resources and any other resources. It also includes the number of children the non-custodial parent is currently supporting.
Those non-custodial parents making an income of $8,500 a month or less are responsible of paying out 20% of that income if they are paying support for one child. The number jumps up to 25% for two children and then up to 30% for three children. The scale increases to 35% for four children and 40% for five children. Parents with six or more children have to pay out no less than 40%.
If a non-custodial parent pulls in a monthly income of more than $8,500, a higher amount of payments can be ordered by the court.
Those numbers are not permanent and can be subject to change. Should a change or termination of employment occur, there can be modifications made to the child support order. A raise or drop in salary could also prompt the need to make some modification,
If you find yourself on either end in this kind of circumstance, it is advisable to seek counsel from a family attorney.
John A. Hixson, Attorney at Law, can point you in the right direction when it comes time to handle your child support case. Hixson Law Firm will work toward getting you the most favorable results. Residents of Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie now have a qualified child support attorney they can trust.