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Is Your Estate Plan Up to Date?

By Houston Probate Attorney Estelee Garrison An effective estate plan should be designed to carry out your wishes for the distribution of assets and the appointment of representatives to manage your affairs in the event of your death, or temporary or permanent disability. To establish your intentions and reduce...

Five Tips for Surving Christmas During Divorce

Christmas is only three days away.  Traditionally, Christmas is a time for bringing the family together to celebrate. However, when you are in the middle of, or have recently completed, divorce proceedings, the holiday can feel much less festive. Throughout my years of practice as a divorce lawyer in...

Practice Gratitude and Realize the Benefits Even In Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III My experience and science has proven it: practicing gratitude makes us happier; even while going through tough times in our lives, such as divorce. One very important segment of my law practice involves helping clients navigate the rough and choppy...

Temporary Orders During Divorce Protect Both Spouses

For many individuals facing divorce, a common concern is the disruption of financial security during the divorce process. This issue can be especially frightening and overwhelming when a stay-at-home parent, a financially dependent spouse or a disabled spouse is facing divorce. Here are some of the concerns I hear...

Dividing Marital Assets in a Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III There are many myths surrounding divorce law in Texas. One myth is that all marital assets will be divided 50/50 in a divorce. This is not the law. In a divorce, the court will order a “just and right” division...

Gratitude Increases Happiness, Even During Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III One very important segment of my law practice involves helping clients navigate the choppy waters of divorce. As one might expect, this is typically a very difficult time when my clients often feel overwhelmed, anxious, flawed, and dejected. As their...

Legal Term of the Week: Incompatibility

In the context of Family Law, incompatibility means unable to live together as husband and wife due to irreconcilable differences. In no-fault divorce states, if one of the spouses desires to end the marriage, that fact proves incompatibility, and a divorce (dissolution) will be granted even though the other...

Get Into the Driver’s Seat of Your Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III If you are going through a divorce, or even just considering divorce, my advice is to find out all you can about the divorce process itself. Knowledge is power, so the more you know, the more engaged you will be...

Legal Term of the Week: Custody

Custody refers to the legal arrangements for which a child will live with and how decisions about the child will be made. Custody has two parts: legal and physical. Legal custody is the decision-making part: physical custody refers to where the child lives on a regular basis. Generally, the...

You Play A Vital Role In Your Divorce Process

If you are considering or seeking a divorce, my best advice is to find out all you can about the divorce process itself. Knowledge is power, so the more you know, the more engaged you will be in your divorce, and the more empowered you will be in determining...

Divorce? Mediation May Be An Option

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Note: This article was originally published in the August 21, 2013 issue of The Houston Chronicle Senior Living Special Section. Many family law courts in Texas, including those in the greater Houston area, require couples seeking divorce to try mediation...

More Boomers Divorcing After Years of Marriage

by Houston Divorce Lawyer Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Note: This article was originally published in the July 17, 2013 issue of The Houston Chronicle Senior Living Special Section. While the overall divorce rate in the U.S. has declined since 1990, it has doubled for those older than 50,...

Loving Life After Divorce

by Divorce Attorney in Houston, Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Note: This article was originally published in the July 2013 issue of Change Magazine. As a board certified family law attorney practicing in the area of divorce and related family law matters since 1986, I have had the professional...

Modifications of Prior Court Orders

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III A Motion to Modify is a written request to the court asking to change a previous order. In family law, that can mean changing things like child custody or visitation, child support, or other provisions found in a divorce decree...

Hidden Assets in a Divorce May Be Just Clicks Away

By Patricia Barrett, CFP, CDFA Over the years, I am often asked to help divorcing individuals track down potential assets of their spouses during a divorce. It is always an arduous job, sifting through files of paper records to find irregularities during discovery — pouring over piles of bank...

Mediation and Divorce in Texas

by Houston Divorce Lawyer Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Increasingly, couples seeking divorce are using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to resolve issues in divorce proceedings. Mediation is probably the most common type of ADR method used in divorce cases today. While not advisable in all cases, this approach...

The Five Keys to Your Next Best Life

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III Experiencing a major life change such as divorce is challenging. In our opinion, knowledge is empowering.  And each woman going through divorce has unique needs beyond securing the services of a divorce attorney. The Guide to Good Divorce program identifies...

Divorce Myths — Separating Fact From Fiction

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III I often find myself dispelling the many myths surrounding the divorce process when the topic comes up among friends, family or clients. I usually start by saying, “Divorce in real life is nothing like divorce on reality TV.” With that...

Giving thanks During Divorce Will Shift Your Perspective

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III This week most Americans spend time with their families, friends and loved ones giving thanks. For those who are going through divorce or whose marriages are on the brink, the holidays can be especially difficult and often emotionally overwhelming. A...

Practicing Gratitude Makes Us Happier Even During Divorce

by Houston Divorce Attorney Sam M. “Trey” Yates, III My experience and science proves it: practicing gratitude makes us happier, even while going through divorce. One very important segment of my law practice involves helping clients navigate the rough and choppy waters of divorce. As one might expect, this...

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