Bob Leonard Law Group Blog & News

10 Things To Tell Your Legal Team

Top 10 things you don’t keep from your legal team: 10. That you have been convicted of any crime; 9. That you have or have had a drug problem; 8. That you have had mental health problems in the past; 7. That you are currently under the care of a mental health professional; 6. That [..]

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Cohabitation Agreement Needed! Are You Living Together?

Why do I need a cohabitation agreement? Partners do not begin a relationship expecting it to fail, but unfortunately many relationships fail.  It is important to be prepared.  If you are living together and not married, a cohabitation agreement may help you avoid financial pitfalls and future emotional stress.  A cohabitation agreement can protect you [..]

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Community Property or Separate Property?

Community Property or Separate Property ? Yours, Mine and Ours. People going through a divorce often come in our office and say something along the lines of, “The house is mine and the truck is mine.  The car is hers and the jet skis are hers.  We bought the boat together, though.”  Even more commonly [..]

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Retroactive Child Support or Child Support Arrearage?

Retroactive child support, child support arrearage,  What kind of child support is that?    There is a distinct difference between retroactive child support and a child support arrearage. These are two terms that non-lawyers (and the occasional lawyer) frequently confuse: retroactive child support and child support arrearages.   A child support arrearage occurs when there is [..]

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Child Possession Orders| Scheduling Events

CHILD POSSESSION-SCHEDULING EVENTS Some parents who have children but are not together strictly stick to their child possession schedules.  Others are very flexible. Texas child possession orders typically provide that child possession shall be as the parents agree, but if they fail to agree, then there is a schedule that must be followed.  Most professionals, [..]

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Rule Change effecting Estate Plan

Rule Change!  IRS ANNOUNCES NEW RATES Many provisions in the Internal Revenue Code are indexed for inflation.  The amount of taxes that you pay will change when these rates change each year. The most important rule changes for estate and gift taxes are the amount excluded from taxation depending on the size of the estate [..]

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Win Your Case!

Want To Win Your Case?  You Best Be Humble.   Imagine that you had been involved in a law suit for a long time and your case finally going to trial.  Your attorney has all the documents that help to prove your case all lined up and in proper form for admission in the trial.  [..]

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Divorce Reality | Divorce Is Inconvenient

DIVORCE REALITIES  There are a lot of changes in the lives of people getting divorced or who have been divorced.  Many of them are obvious.  Some are positive and some are negative.  DIVORCE IS INCONVENIENT One change that most people don’t think about is that divorce is inconvenient.  This inconvenience manifests itself in several ways: [..]

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Trial Separation and Temporary Orders

“Trial Separations,” and Temporary Orders I am occasionally asked how does one get a trial separation.  In some states, spouses can get an arrangement either judicially (through the courts) or privately to have provisions to regulate their lives while the parties are sorting out their lives.  These orders or agreement can provide for child support [..]

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Should I have an attorney send a letter?

  CAN YOU JUST SEND A LETTER FOR ME? Being a family law group we get that request occasionally.  Sometimes people think that if the person who is giving them trouble gets a letter from a lawyer, they will quake in terror and completely capitulate. Rarely is that so. Typically a letter will have one of two [..]

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