Family law legal issues are often highly emotional and deeply personal issues. Divorce, paternity, custody, and adoption are some of the more common issues resolved with the assistance of a family law attorney. Representing clients who are facing family law issues requires a delicate blend of experience, skill, and compassion. Robinson Law is dedicated to helping clients navigate the often-complex family law legal system.
The end of a marriage is often a highly emotionally charged period of time where both parties are on edge. Although it is never wise to make important decisions during times of stress and heightened emotions, the law requires decisions to be made when a couple decides to end a marriage. The assistance and advice of an experienced attorney during this time period can be invaluable.
Custody lawsuits can be fraught with emotion. Often, everyone involved – including the children – suffer until the matter is resolved. When custody of minor children is at stake it is imperative that the matter be resolved as quickly and judiciously as possible to lessen the emotional trauma to all involved in the lawsuit.
Sometimes, the terms of a divorce decree need to be revisited. This may be because one party’s income has substantially changed or because the children are older and require more financial support. The terms of visitation may also need to be changed because one party has moved or because there are concerns about the children’s safety when visiting with the non-custodial parent.
Welcoming a child into the family is a joyous experience; however, when that child is adopted it can seem like a never-ending maze of legalities are required before the child can become part of the family.
When the parents of a child are not married at the time of the child’s birth the State of Texas requires paternity to be established to give the father legal rights and responsibilities regarding the child. Paternity can be established easily if both parties agree that the putative father is, indeed, the child’s father. If there is a question as to who the child’s father is, the legal system can also be used to find out with certainty.
A name change can be sought for a wide variety of reasons, the most common being a divorce, to add a father’s last name to a child’s birth certificate, or to change the name or gender. The requirements and procedures vary depending on the reason for the name change. To ensure the name change is legal in the eyes of the law those requirements must be met and procedures must be followed.
Wills, trusts, and estates is the area of the law that covers estate planning and the probate of an estate after someone dies. A well-drafted, comprehensive estate plan goes a long way toward avoiding a long, drawn out, and costly probate process upon the death of the testator. A better understanding of the estate planning strategies and tools available may help an individual understand what estate planning can accomplish.
Estate planning provides the legal framework necessary to manage wealth during the lifetime of an individual and then pass down that wealth after death. Although the foundation of any estate plan is a Last Will and Testament, an estate plan often incorporates a number of other tools and strategies aimed at accomplishing a wide variety of goals.
· Retirement planning
· Incapacity planning
· Asset protection
· Special needs planning
· Long-term care planning
· Business succession planning
· Probate avoidance
· Tax avoidance
· Medicaid planning
· Pet planning
· Advanced directives
· Power of attorney
· Living trust
· Testamentary trust
· Buy-Sell agreement
· Life insurance
· Partnership agreement
· Payable on death, or Transfer on death accounts
One of the most common secondary goals of estate planning is probate avoidance. Probate is the legal process that an estate must pass through after the death of the estate owner. The purpose of probate is to locate and value assets owned by the decedent at the time of death, pay creditors of the estate (including the federal and state government), and effectuate the legal transfer of estate assets to the intended beneficiaries or legal heirs of the estate.
Even a relatively small estate can take months, even years, to conclude the probate process. The larger the estate, the longer the probate process will take if the decedent failed to leave behind a thorough estate plan aimed at decreasing the estate’s exposure to probate.
Starting a business and successfully operating that business takes skill, dedication, and drive. Regardless of the size, scope, or focus or a business, one key to its success is access to exceptional legal advice and assistance. Robinson Law provides legal representation to small, medium and large businesses and non-profit organizations from start-up through dissolution. A business venture may face a wide variety of legal challenges, including:
Before any business gets off the ground the groundwork must be laid. Deciding on a structure for the business (sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation) and then executing the proper legal documents to create that structure must be accomplished properly and in accordance with all local, state and federal laws.
Failing to properly plan for the myriad of tax obligations a business incurs can sink a fledgling business before it ever gets off the ground. Proper tax planning can prevent this from occurring. If the worst happens, and the business does end up with a hefty debt to the IRS, Robinson Law may be able to negotiate an offer of compromise for the business.
As a business grows it often expands. Expansion may include business acquisitions which typically entail a seemingly never-ending maze of legal documents that must be executed and filed with the proper authority.
Despite following all the rules and taking steps to avoid litigation, almost all businesses end up in litigation if they stay in business long enough. Litigation can be costly, both in terms of time and money. Having an experienced and skilled attorney representing the business is the key to minimizing both the time and expense of litigation.
At some point, the decision may be made to dissolve a business entirely or an owner/partner may wish to sell his or her interest in the business. To avoid issues after the fact, the dissolution or buy-out should be handled with the assistance of an experienced business attorney.
Not-for-profit organizations operate under a different set of laws, rules, and regulations than for-profit businesses. Understanding, and adhering to, the non-profit laws and regulations means maximum profit for the organization.
Robinson Law understands how important a business is to the owners of the business as well as to those employed by the business which is why the team at Robinson Law is dedicated to ensuring the success of the business through careful planning and ongoing legal support.
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