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How Social Media Posts Could Impact a Divorce Case

Have you ever posted something on social media and wished you hadn’t? Sure, you can quickly delete a Facebook or Instagram post and pretend it never existed, but how many people saw that post (text, photo, or video) before it was deleted? What if they grabbed a screenshot and forwarded the post to someone who…

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Executor vs Administrator

Executor vs Administrator — What’s the Difference?

The building blocks of any estate plan start with a last will and testament. By leaving behind a specific list of instructions in a will for your loved ones, you control how everything plays out after you are gone — from who gets what assets and when to who should care for your minor children…

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Decided in a Divorce

5 Key Areas That Need to Be Decided in a Divorce

As much as you’d like your upcoming divorce to move quickly, the reality is that even the most nip and tuck cases won’t be decided in a few days or weeks. They may not even be resolved in five or six months — especially when you factor in Texas’ 60-day waiting period before you can…

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Burial Directives

What Are Burial Directives?

One of the many benefits of a well-crafted estate planning strategy is the ability to account for nearly any need and circumstance you and your family may face. For some clients, that means sharing specific end-of-life wishes they want to be carried out soon after they’re gone — wishes that traditionally aren’t covered by a…

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Benefits of Joint Custody

5 Benefits of Joint Custody

In divorce cases with children stuck in the middle, the Court will always favor your child’s best interest concerning custody and do its best to determine a stable home and each parent’s role and responsibilities moving forward. In a perfect world with fit parents, that could mean having both parents still equally involved in the…

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Prepare for Divorce

5 Ways To Help You Prepare for Divorce

When you’ve never been divorced, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the legal process and your valid emotions. The good news is that you’re not alone. Millions of people divorce every year, and anyone who has gone through it will tell you it’s a stressful time made worse by the fear of the unknown and…

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Adopting a child

What Are the Basic Adoption Requirements in Texas?

Adopting a child into a loving and stable home is an incredible gift that will undoubtedly bring your existing family full circle. With that said, you likely have plenty of questions if you are considering adopting a child and may have wondered what the adoption requirements are in Texas. After all, adoption laws constantly change…

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What Is an Attorney-In-Fact and What Is Their Role?

A Power of Attorney is unique in your overall estate planning strategy because it allows for decisions to be made on your behalf at key points in your life, especially if you were to become incapacitated due to a car accident or illness. To ensure everything is handled appropriately, you need to name someone who…

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Termination of Parental

Termination of Parental Rights — Defined

The focus of any family law case is to preserve and protect the long-term best interests of children and families. And despite what you see on television or read online, most cases do reach a diplomatic conclusion — even in situations where all hope appears lost. With that said, there are disputes where the family…

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Pre-Marital Agreement

7 Benefits of a Pre-Marital Agreement

You’re getting married, and things couldn’t be better between you and your significant other. That is until they approach you about signing a pre-marital agreement. Also known as a prenuptial agreement or “prenup,” this agreement serves as a contract between you and your soon-to-be spouse that sets rules on things like property, assets, and certain…

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Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts

Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts — What’s the Difference?

When you decide that adding a trust makes the most sense for your estate planning strategy, one of the next steps is to choose between a revocable or irrevocable trust. It’s understandable for clients to have questions about the differences between revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts. The attorneys at Christman Attorneys, PLLC realize that while…

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Estate Planning Is Only for the Wealthy

Is it True That Estate Planning Is Only for the Wealthy?

When many people hear the word “estate,” they think of an individual or family with more money than they know what to do with. They have visions of the older, high-net-worth businessman or businesswoman with a mansion in Los Angeles, a summer home in Italy, and five sports cars. So naturally, conversations about estate planning…

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What Is Family Law

What Is Family Law?

When faced with a legal issue for the first time, it’s understandable if you don’t immediately know which area of law it falls under. Take family law — many people assume family courts only do divorces. So even if they have a closely-related issue, they may waste precious time chasing resources that won’t help. Or…

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Common-Law Marriage

What Is Common-Law Marriage?

Many people think of marriage in the traditional sense. In other words, they fall in love, there’s a heartfelt proposal, and they get a marriage license. There’s even a beautiful wedding ceremony. But what about couples who’ve been together and lived under the same roof for years? They don’t have a marriage license, nor have…

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Delaying the Divorce Process

4 Reasons Why Your Spouse Is Delaying the Divorce Process

After years of having a marriage on the rocks and never seeing eye to eye, you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce. You have both visited with attorneys, and you’ve even been living apart. So why is your spouse suddenly delaying the divorce process? There are several ways a spouse can delay…

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HIPAA Releases Impact Estate Planning

How Do HIPAA Releases Impact Estate Planning

As we’ve written about before, a living will, also largely referred to in estate planning terms as advanced healthcare directives, allows you to name the person(s) who can make medical decisions should you become incapacitated and can no longer do so for yourself. Think of them as a list of instructions related to life-sustaining or…

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Probate Attorney

What Does a Probate Attorney Do?

Family members having to navigate the probate process after the death of a loved one often worry that they’re on their own with whatever to-do list and responsibilities are involved. This can be overwhelming when you consider 1) they aren’t legal pros, and 2) they’ve heard there aren’t many legal processes more confusing, complicated, drawn-out,…

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Estate Plan Should Be Reviewed After a Divorce

Why Your Estate Plan Should Be Reviewed After a Divorce

It’s a safe bet many people don’t think about having their estate plan reviewed after a divorce. Rather, their minds are fixated on meetings with lawyers, impending custody disputes, concerns over how all the assets will be divided, etc. We get it; there’s a lot to think about when you are in the thick of…

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Divorce Myths

5 Common Divorce Myths

Divorce is a confusing and tumultuous time for you and your family. And when you’ve never gone through it before, it’s easy to believe pretty much everything you hear or see on television. Even the people around you who think they know all the ins and outs rarely do — which inevitably breathes new life…

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Busiest Divorce Month

Is January Really the Busiest Divorce Month?

Sometimes, we see things mentioned on the Internet and wonder if they’re true. Take divorce in the New Year, for example. You may have read from a variety of sources over the years that more divorces happen consistently in January than at any other time of the year. And being that the calendar is flipping…

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New Year Estate Plan

The New Year Is a Great Time to Review Your Estate Plan

A common misconception many people have about estate planning is that it’s a one-time event. In other words, they think there’s nothing more to do once they have their will, trust, and power of attorney in their hands. The reality is that your estate plan and the documents that are included should be updated every…

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Holiday Possession Schedule — A Refresher

The holidays are here, which means many parents who went through a divorce recently undoubtedly have questions about their Standard Possession Schedule and how that might change with Christmas and New Year’s on the horizon.  The quick answer is that it depends on your final order, along with any special agreement you’ve made with the…

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Co-Parenting During the Holidays

6 Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

Despite getting divorced eight months ago, you and your former spouse have breezed through what has thus far been an amicable co-parenting relationship. You’ve kept the kids top of mind in every decision, honored the agreed-upon possession schedules, and handled the occasional surprise with grace and flexibility. More importantly, the kids feel loved and are…

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Fund Your Trust

What Does It Mean to Fund Your Trust?

You’ve successfully set up your living trust, and you feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. You feel accomplished because you’ve taken an important step toward letting your wishes be known while at the same time protecting yourself, your assets, and your family’s future. But now, your estate planning attorney…

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Living Will

What Is a Living Will?

Many people who hear “living will” automatically think of their last will and testament and assume they are one and the same. But the reality is that these are two separate and important documents that serve unique purposes, and when it comes to creating an effective estate planning strategy, you should strongly consider having both…

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Estate Planning Benefits

Estate Planning Benefits You Need to Know

Estate planning is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for both you and your loved ones. And yet, so many people delay putting that plan in place. Perhaps it’s because it’s uncomfortable and even a little sad to think about or discuss the day we die. It could also be that…

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Co-Parenting After Divorce

10 Benefits of Co-Parenting After Divorce

Parents are responsible for maintaining a sense of normalcy for their children after a divorce through well-intentioned and amicable co-parenting whenever possible. Granted, this can be easier said than done when navigating what is undoubtedly a turbulent and emotional time for everyone. On top of that, you may not be too thrilled to work with…

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Petitioner or Respondent

Am I the Petitioner or Respondent in My Family Law Case?

Not every party in a family law case has been down this road before. Often, this is their first time standing in a courtroom and making decisions on matters such as divorce, child custody, and asset division. It’s also likely that this is the first time they’ll hear various legal terms, many of which only…

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Misconceptions About Estate Planning

6 Common Misconceptions About Estate Planning

When diving in for the first time, estate planning can be confusing and a little scary. Even families who think they know all the ins and outs of the process rarely do. This is why seeking professional guidance from a qualified attorney is so essential. Not only will they craft legal instruments that honor your…

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Divorce and Annulment

How Are Divorce and Annulment Different?

When most people decide their marriage needs to end, they get a divorce. Both parties are content going through the legal process, however contentious or amicable it may be, and then they go their separate ways once the dust settles. But what about those who don’t believe being legally “divorced” is enough for their unique…

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special needs trust

What Is a Special Needs Trust?

As a parent of a child with special needs, there are many things to think through and plan when considering your child’s long-term care needs. A special needs trust is often one of those important pieces. You’ve likely read our previous blogs on trusts, which was written within the context of your estate planning needs.…

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what is power of attorney

What Is a Power of Attorney?

Your estate plan should be carefully crafted so that all your needs are taken care of, and your family is protected should anything ever happen to you. More often than not, this means going beyond writing a will to include important legal instruments such as revocable trusts, healthcare directives, and the all-important Power of Attorney.…

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divorce papers

What to do When You’ve Been Served

Not every divorce case involves couples who mutually agree to end their marriage. Often, one party is aware of problems in the relationship but is caught off guard when they are suddenly served with a divorce petition. Having those papers in your hand can be emotionally overwhelming, and often, you aren’t quite sure what to…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

Not every legal dispute has to end up in court. Everyone wants to achieve the best result possible for their situation, but not everyone wants a contentious, drawn-out trial. This is what alternative dispute resolution is for. Despite the drama you might see unfold on television, many civil disputes — divorce, child custody, child support,…

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what is probate

What Is Probate?

When you’re struggling with the death of a loved one, it can be challenging trying to turn your attention to something like probate. Not only are you not prepared to discuss it, but many clients want to avoid the process entirely because they’ve heard it can be confusing, complicated, drawn-out, and emotionally draining for everyone…

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Who Can Be a Beneficiary

Who Can Be a Beneficiary?

Naming a beneficiary is one of the more important steps in anyone’s estate planning strategy. After all, you want your assets and other belongings to end up in the right hands after you die — whether that be money, cars, your home, or a priceless family heirloom like jewelry or an antique grandfather clock. But…

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Temporary Child Custody Order

What Is a Temporary Child Custody Order?

Divorcing parents have a lot of questions when it comes to child custody. After all, getting a divorce doesn’t change the fact that you love your kids and want what’s best for them, and the thought of what happens next can be scary. The Court also wants what is in your child’s best interest and…

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How Long Does a Divorce Take

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

If you and your spouse have decided it’s time to end your marriage, it’s not uncommon for one or both of you to wonder how long a divorce takes. It’s a question we hear a lot. Though we have to admit that it is not an easy question to answer. The fact of the matter…

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Child Support and Spousal Maintenance

What Is the Difference Between Child Support and Spousal Maintenance?

When it comes to the often confusing financial issues that arise both during and after a divorce, it is only natural to want to know ahead of time who is entitled to certain payments and what that money represents. For example, Texas allows for child support and spousal maintenance — but many individuals and families…

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What Is Child Support

What Is Child Support?

If your upcoming divorce involves children, determining which spouse pays child support and the amount of those payments will be a big piece of the proceedings. But what is child support, exactly? And how is it calculated? Child support typically involves regular payments made by one parent to the other parent, for the benefit of…

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do i need a trust

Do I Need a Trust?

A Last Will and Testament is typically seen as the first step in an estate planning strategy. It is meant to express your final wishes, whatever they might be, and the amount of control you have can be pretty extraordinary. But rarely are they the best and final option for every individual and family. More…

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Grounds for Divorce

Do I Need Grounds for Divorce?

Many couples considering divorce might think a judge will automatically grant it when the time comes with no reasons required and no questions asked. While true in a manner of speaking — you may divorce your spouse without explanation — you do need to provide at least one reason or “grounds” for divorce on your…

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Property Division

How Does Property Division Work in a Texas Divorce?

If you’ve been married for any length of time, you and your spouse have likely acquired a lot of “stuff.” For example, there could be large property and assets like homes, cars, land, and even a joint business venture. And then there’s everything else — furniture, collectibles, shared bank accounts, investments, airline miles, etc. It…

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Difference Between a Will and a Trust

What Is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

So many families admit they’ve put off talking about their estate planning for far too long. They are eager to finally set up that long-overdue will, but they’ve also heard about trusts and how they play a critical role in protecting their assets, loved ones, and legacy. So which one is right for them? Is…

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if I Don’t Have a Will

What Happens if I Don’t Have a Will?

You have likely heard and read about the benefits of having a Last Will and Testament in place sooner rather than later. Having a will is easily one of the more important decisions you will ever make for both you and your loved ones. Yet, so many people continue to delay the conversation or underestimate…

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Extended Summer Possession Schedule

Extended Summer Possession Schedule — Defined

Summertime usually means days full of sunshine, vacations, pool parties and no school. But what does this mean for co-parenting families? It depends upon your final order, but in Texas, this often means that one parent has a standard possession schedule and will exercise summer possession per the schedule that is outlined in the Texas…

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What Is a Will

What Is a Will?

It would be easy to assume that everyone has heard of a Last Will and Testament. But the reality is that many individuals and families either do not know what a will is or underestimate the importance of having one in place before they die. A will is a legal document that spells out all…

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What Is Mediation

What Is Mediation?

Many clients we work with who are considering a divorce cringe at the thought of going through a nasty, contentious process where both parties hire lawyers and battle it out in court. They would rather communicate openly, settle various matters like child custody and property division amicably, and go their separate ways. Thankfully, mediation can…

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Collaborative Divorce

Is Collaborative Divorce Possible?

When many of us think of divorce, our minds turn to the sensationalized courtroom dramas depicted in movies as examples of how things will likely play out. We may have even heard first-hand accounts from people we know who bickered with their spouses over every little detail. Granted, someone eventually got what they wanted, but…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Economic Injury Disaster Loan vs Paycheck Protection Program

Chrisman, Ramsey & Foster PC handles a wide variety of complex business issues for corporate clients and small business owners across the country. Protecting our clients’ rights while preserving their valuable resources and time is one of our highest priorities. Our team is here to help business owners navigate the ever-changing legal landscape during the…

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Many of you have been keeping up with the ever-changing legal landscape as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds across America and the world. Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a recent passed federal law, may affect you, whether you are an employer of less than 500 employees or an employee. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA…

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Faithful to the Course

Did you know that Drew Christman, managing partner of Chrisman, Ramsey & Foster PC aspired to be an attorney since second grade? Check out this article to learn more about his’ passion behind practicing law & how how he has been faithful to the course. Faithful to the Course/ Argyle Living Magazine

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Partnerships and LLCs

What is the Difference from a Business Partnership, Corporation and LLC?

So you’re thinking about buying or starting a business and forming a partnership or LLC. Congratulations! You are on the verge of starting something that most people can only dream of. You want to make sure your dreams don’t turn into a financial headache and expose your personal assets. But how? You can protect your…

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