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Pursuing a settlement after a drunk driving accident

Perhaps you were driving home after a long day at work, shuttling children around to extracurricular activities and then running errands. Even so, you remained vigilant and obeyed the traffic laws. Sadly, another driver failed to do the same.

The next thing you knew, you were waking up seeing flashing lights and emergency responders gathered around you, assessing your injuries. As you fully regained consciousness, you began to feel pain and realized you were seriously injured. While in the hospital, doctors told you that you face a long recovery. At some point, you began to consider the financial ramifications of the crash.

Why doesn't a person have testamentary capacity?

When writing a will, you want to consider the fact that people may challenge it. You can take steps to help ensure that your will is followed properly.

One of the main reasons that people challenge a will is on the grounds that the person who wrote it did not have testamentary capacity. This is something that it's assumed adults have, and it means they understand the process and the consequences while drafting the will. If someone claims you didn't have testamentary capacity, they're basically saying that you did not fundamentally understand the will and so it should not stand up. It doesn't reflect what you really wanted.

Did you read that purchase agreement?

As the housing market and the economy continue to recover across the country, including here in Texas, you may be among the many people ready to purchase a home. In fact, you may discover that you aren’t the only one looking to buy a particular home. Perhaps your realtor told you to put in a good offer and get it in quickly.

The problem with that is that it may not afford you the time you need in order to thoroughly review, understand and negotiate the terms of the purchase contract, called a One to Four Family Residential Contract here in Texas. Did you know that you don’t have to blindly sign the first draft of the contract handed to you? There are certain points of that contract that you may want to negotiate in order to ensure that you start the transaction on the right foot. 

Man hits teen jogger, stops his car and then drives away

According to reports, a 21-year-old man was driving near a 16-year-old jogger when he ran into her with his car. He reportedly told authorities that he knew he hit her, stopped his vehicle and got out, but then ran from the scene when he saw that she was badly injured.

That left the young jogger lying on the side of the road, without medical assistance, until a child in a passing car saw her and alerted the adult driver. The authorities were then called and responded to the scene.

What are my options if the seller backs out of our deal?

Unlike the images on TV of carefree house hunters who find the perfect home with little effort, your experience hasn't been as easy. The long search for a new home was only the beginning of your frustrations. Next came the struggle to find appropriate financing, the home inspections and the dozens of legal bases to cover before the property becomes yours.

The purchase of a new home is stressful enough without having to worry about whether the owner of the house will follow through with the deal. However, if this is the situation, you may be wondering if you have any rights. Depending on the circumstances, the seller of the house may have clearly violated your rights, but you will have to decide if you want to pursue the cause.

Why you should update your will frequently

Many people all across the country naively think that they don't need a will to ensure that their estate plan is secure. Actually, many people just don't even consider a will, and they assume that all they have worked for throughout their lives will simply be taken care of naturally. This is an unfortunate reality, but there is another side to this fact: many people do have a will, and they take the necessary steps to protect their estate.

Having a will is so vital to your well-being, and the document goes a long way towards protecting your nest egg, your beneficiaries, and your loved ones.

Dealing with concerns related to breach of contract

If you own a business in Texas, you know that any type of threat to your financial well-being and continued operations should be addressed immediately. This includes matters related to breach of contract. Contracts are a form of protection, legally binding two parties. When one party deviates from the agreed terms, it is more than just bad form, it is grounds for legal action.

How can you minimize divorce-related expenses?

Going through divorce means that your life will face a myriad of changes. For years, you may have built your life around the relationship you shared with your now soon-to-be ex-spouse, and extracting your personal life from a combined life could prove difficult. However, dissolving your marriage does not mean that you have to feel lost and out of control, and taking certain approaches to your proceedings could help you keep your priorities straight.

What damages should I seek after a car accident?

A Texas car accident can change your life in an instant. Even a relatively minor collision can have serious consequences, leaving you in pain and facing overwhelming medical bills. The damages that a car accident can cause are much more than just physical-they can be mental and emotional as well.

What will you do with your vacation home?

Having a vacation home is something many Texas families dream of obtaining, but few are fortunate enough to make it a reality. If you and your spouse have such a home, you likely worked hard to deserve it and spent many years loving and maintaining it.

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