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Monday, November 16, 2020

The Role of a Forensic Accountant in Divorce


Divorce is stressful even under the most amicable, honest, and open of circumstances. Throw in complex financial matters and spouses that are being less than forthright and transparent with critical pieces of information and things can get tumultuous fast, to say the least. Financial matters can be some of the most heated, contentious matters to be addressed during a divorce.


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Monday, November 9, 2020

The Benefits of a Premarital Agreement


A prenup, prenuptial agreement, or premarital agreement often gets a bad name. People can have some very strong opinions of a premarital agreement and, commonly, these opinions are not favorable, to say the least. Premarital agreements, however, have many benefits that are often overlooked. A legally binding contract that can establish how spouses will divide assets and liabilities in the event of a


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Thursday, October 29, 2020

What Are the Differences Between a Jury Trial and a Bench Trial?


Should you be facing the possibility of a criminal trial, you will need to decide whether or not you want a jury trial or a bench trial. The basic difference between the two is easy enough to state. A jury trial is when a criminal case is presented before a jury and the jury decides on the verdict.


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Thursday, October 22, 2020

What Is a Plea Bargain?


While the focus on many shows about the criminal justice system may be on the courtroom battle, most criminal cases end up getting settled out of court, before the need for a full-blown trial. This is because the defendant and prosecutor have come to a plea bargain regarding the criminal defendant. What exactly is a plea bargain? We will discuss it in more detail here.


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Co-Parenting Struggles in the Time of Covid-19


Co-parenting can be difficult in the best of times. Throw a pandemic into the mix, and things can become exponentially more complicated and tough to handle. Know that you are not alone. Co-parents across the country have been faced with new and heightened challenges underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, we will not only discuss some of these challenges but also offer possible solutions to help overcome them.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

How Is Paternity Established in Texas?


Paternity, in the legal sense, refers to a child’s legal father. Being the legal father of a child comes with important rights and responsibilities. In Texas, when parents are married to each other at the time the child is born, the husband is automatically established as the child’s legal father.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Benefits of Divorce Mediation


Divorce proceedings may call to mind images of soon to be former spouses battling it out in the courtroom. Fights about alimony, child support, division of assets, and more may be associated with this. This, however, is not how divorce needs to be.


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Should You Submit to a Breathalyzer Test in Texas?


If you are pulled over in Texas on suspicion of DUI/DWI, then you may be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Law enforcement officials administer such a test to driver’s whom they believe to be operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Some people may refuse to take a Breathalyzer test to avoid having evidence of their intoxication that could later be used against them.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Factors Considered in Child Custody Cases


Divorce involves the resolution of several complex and, often, emotional issues. Spousal support, or alimony, needs to be addressed. Division of the marital property also needs to be resolved. One of the most difficult and personal issues that must be decided, however, is


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Overview of White Collar Crimes


Crimes are categorized in a number of ways. Some are violent and some nonviolent. Sometimes crimes are referred to be level of severity such as a misdemeanor or felony. Other times crimes fall into other specific categories. Have you ever heard of a white collar crime? Here we go into more detail into what exactly a


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Adoption Requirements in Texas


For many people, adoption is an answer to prayers. Individuals or couples seeking to have a baby and unable to do so, those eager to provide a home for a child in need, a stepparent who can’t wait to be the legal parent of a child already loved, or pregnant teenagers seeking adoring parents for the baby they can’t take care of -- all find solace in the possibility of adoption. All also have concerns about the variables and complexities involved in the adoption process. For this reason, they all require the services of an


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