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How to say, 'I want a divorce,' to your spouse

People put a lot of thought into a marriage proposal. They realize that a proposal is an emotional event, so they want to set the mood and get everything just right. Unfortunately, people seldom think that way when they're on the opposite end of the situation and want to ask for a divorce. They may blurt it out in a moment of anger or in some other way that makes the discussion harder.

That's bad. Mishandling the initial conversation with your spouse about divorce can lead to unnecessary hard feelings and make a difficult situation worse.

Is a wrongful death claim worth the effort?

The sudden loss of a loved one is often tragic. You may have anticipated seeing your loved one later or at least talking to him or her soon, but before you could, you received the news that he or she was gone. To make matters worse, someone else's negligence or recklessness contributed to the accident that resulted in your loved one's death.

At times, you may still turn around to say something to that person before you remember that he or she is not there. It can take time to find closure after such a life-changing event, and for many Texas residents, filing wrongful death claims against the parties considered at fault for fatal accidents can help them on the way to finding that closure.

Can you keep your heirs from losing an inheritance in divorce?

If you're a grandparent developing your estate plan, you may choose to leave some of your assets directly to your grandchildren rather than leave it to their parents to pass on a portion of their inheritance.

Whether your grandchildren are toddlers or young adults, you may have some concerns about these assets being taken by their spouse in a divorce. You've worked hard for your money. Perhaps some of it has been passed down for generations. You want to make sure it stays in the family -- and specifically with the grandchildren you're bequeathing it to. What can you do to help ensure that?

Driver jailed in August deaths of three young Texas women

A 33-year-old driver who police say is responsible for the deaths of three recent Texas high school graduates has been charged in their deaths.

The man, from Fort Worth, Texas, allegedly was speeding as he drove his black Buick on Aug. 18 along Riverside Drive in the city and crashed into a car containing five young people. Three 18-year-olds, who graduated this summer from Trimble Tech High School, died from the injuries suffered in the crash.

Starting your own company? These tips can help

Starting your own business may give you a chance to capitalize on a dream you have always had somewhere in the back of your mind. It's an exciting time as you finally watch things come together. You cannot wait to get this off of the ground.

That said, maybe this is your first business. You are well aware that a critical mistake could ruin the entire enterprise, but you don't necessarily have the experience to avoid it. To help you, here are a several key tips:

  • Understand that you have to fully focus on the business. You need to go after it 100% from the very first day. Prepare to set other things aside, especially at the beginning.
  • Consider your own skills and your personality. Are you good at certain things but lacking in other areas? You must figure out how to overcome that, perhaps by finding a business partner with the opposite set of skills.
  • Write down your specific business plan. Just having a vague idea is not enough. Writing it out allows you to focus and forces you to think critically about each step.
  • Set goals for yourself. Don't worry about how big or small they are. Just give yourself things that you can work toward.
  • Make sure the legal side is in order. Do you need to register the name of your company? Do you need to apply for patents? Do you have any trademarks to protect?

Why people don't even talk about estate planning

There's an interesting issue in the United States where everyone knows they'll need an estate plan, but many people never write a will. Similarly, children often understand that their parents need to talk to them about estate planning -- four out of five people claimed these conversations were important in one study -- but less than one out of three families actually sit down to have that talk.

Why do they avoid these critical conversations? Reasons include:

  • Trying not to confront undesirable possibilities
  • Not wanting to talk about death
  • Worrying about how family members are going to react
  • Lacking the knowledge needed to start the conversation
  • Feeling that it's just not the right time for that conversation

Increasing financial security for older women post-divorce

Divorce brings financial changes to each spouse, and sometimes these changes can have a negative impact on a person's future for years after the divorce is final. It's inevitable that the end of a marriage will require adjustments, and for older women, it's hard to overcome post-divorce challenges. It's particularly important for older individuals to secure a final order that allows for security in retirement.

In the past, older women often struggled significantly after divorce. If you are an older women and you are facing divorce, you probably have overwhelming concerns about what your future will look like. Thankfully, the news isn't all bad. Studies find that financial confidence for older women post-divorce is higher than ever.

18-year-old, mother killed in catastrophic Texas collision

The Nacogdoches, Texas, community is in mourning after a traffic accident left a teenager and her mother dead, and her 21-year-old brother critically injured.

The family had been celebrating a happy occasion – the girl's impending departure to study at Mississippi State – and was en route home when the accident occurred.

Texas investors say property manager collected rent and kept it

Several Texas real estate investors say they are out thousands of dollars, accusing a property manager of alleged property management fraud.

Now, the Texas Real Estate Commission has been left to investigate the woman's alleged actions.

What information may help you as the executor of an estate?

When Texas residents begin estate planning, they often consider who they would like to act as the executors of their estates. In a best-case scenario, if your loved one wants you to take on this role for his or her estate, you will know in advance because you will have discussed the topic with your loved one.

Not only does knowing about the role and accepting it in advance prevent you from unexpectedly finding out your loved one named you as executor in the will, but it also allows you to prepare for the role while your loved one is still living. As the executor of the estate, you will handle many personal affairs for the person after his or her passing, so discussing those affairs ahead of time is wise.

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