The Best Blawgs Out There

In my personal life, I am a huge fan of taking time to relax with family and friends, especially if that includes a good conversation and some tender cut of smoked meat to ingest. I’d like to think I’d feel the same way even if I wasn’t raised in Texas.

And, as I have come to expect when I spend time with family/friends, I am invariably asked what strange/funny/just-plain-crazy legal stories I have heard or been involved in lately. I have come to suspect that some of the people close to me want to hear about someone doing something so ridiculous or unhinged just so that they don’t feel so ridiculous or unhinged about the things going on in their lives. I don’t blame them.  It’s all relative.

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Power of Attorney – Your Best Friend (and Worst Enemy) Part 1

Sorry for the absence, but I figure it just makes your heart grow fonder.

One of the most essential estate planning tools available is the Power of Attorney. In fact, in my practice, I recommend 2 different PoAs for my estate clients: 1) a Durable Power of Attorney and 2) a Medical Power of Attorney. These are two separate documents, with two very different goals.

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Divorce Don’ts; or The Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Do During Your Divorce

As a family law attorney who handles divorce cases regularly, I’ve seen some pretty foolish things done by my clients, and by their spouses, during the proceedings. I could fill a book about what not to do while your divorce is pending, but I’ll give you 5 big no-nos, in no particular order, that cause serious problems.

Also, please understand that these little tips are gender neutral. If I use one gender or another in any example, it applies equally to the opposite gender. Continue reading

Kids in the Middle 2

Another Case of Children in the Middle – Criminal Style

A Florida woman was just last September sentenced to a year in jail on a felony charge of abusing her child, after she took a load of photos of her son in a series of dangerous situations. Her five-week-old boy, who was determined to not have been harmed by his mother’s antics, was placed in a toilet, between a mattress and box springs, and upside down in a trash can.

That’s right, a 5-week old placed on his head. Continue reading