Archive for July, 2012

Determining The Legal Representation of A Ward of The State

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Our lives are very unpredictable on a daily basis. We never truly know what we are going to encounter when we walk out the door and into the world each and every day. While we can assume a few aspects about the world, our tasks, and how the course of our day will run other aspects are simply out of our hands. Yet, today, more individuals are planning not only for the future, but also the unexpected. One aspect of life that remains unexpected at many times is that of guardianship of a child that is considered a ward of the state.

Understanding The Matters at Hand

However, what exactly is considered to be a ward of the state? A ward of the state is basically when there is not a set guardianship to a child. The majority of the time, many believe that this means that a child’s parents have died, or are not present. Yet, many children are actually considered wards of the state when they have been taken out of a bad home, or away from dangerous situations. So when it comes down to the legal representation of a ward of the state how does it actually work, and what is the overall significance of it?

What You Should Know When Dealing With This Issue

Usually, a court is required to appoint an attorney to a ward of the state, but now wards of the state are actually having to get their own legal representation thanks to the new Probate Code Section 646A. However, there are a few rules and requirements that follow. A ward must abide by their current guardian’s terms and agreements when seeking private legal consul.  Also the attorney that is considered by the ward must also hold certification requirements as that of an attorney appointed by the court. With this being done it ultimately allows wards of the state to not only have a great voice and statement within their case, but also the ability to be active within it as well.

If you or a loved one is considered a ward of the state it is completely necessary to have legal consul and legal representation. If not you could easily lose more than just your case in the blink of an eye. Contact an experienced attorney today in order to fight for your rights, and your case.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

Requirements for A Valid Will In Texas

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Planning is an aspect of life that people either do, or do not participate in. When it comes down to it we never know what tomorrow will hold for us no matter what walk of life we are actually a part of. In saying so, we have to prepare for the unpredictable in life as we are given another day. We never know when ourselves, or our loved ones could be involved in an accident, become ill, or even die. In order to expect the unexpected we have to make plans personally and legally. Yet, when it comes down to your will do you understand what all needs to be done in order to make it valid and active?

The Importance of A Will

A will is a document that is written by an individual, or their attorney that helps give their personal belongings, whether it is a chair, or financial assets, to a family member, or friend that they decide upon. When you do not have a will your personal belongings and situation can be taken to the court of law and then decided upon and distributed thanks to a judge. While this seems like an easy, less time consuming aspect for some it can also cause a lot of problems especially when it comes down to the personal belongings you meant for one individual over another.

Understanding A Will As A Whole

In order to keep your estate, and belongings not only intact, but also in accordance with your personal wishes it is extremely important to construct a will. However, when you do construct a will either by your own hand, or with the assistance of an attorney it is extremely important to know what all must be done in order for a will to be validated. If a will is not validated accordingly it is not active, which ultimately means whatever you had prior to it will be used. Some aspects that are necessary for a valid will include, but are not limited to:

  • Will must be written
  • Must be signed by the will producer, whom must legally be considered an adult
  • Must have “testamentary intent”
  • Must be signed by two witnesses who are non-beneficiaries that are over the age of 14
  • Witnesses must sign in front of will producer

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.