Bankruptcy Law

Rights of a Common Law Spouse

Here is an actual fact situation I have come across. Dad gets a divorce after 30 years of marriage. This marriage now has two grown children, named Kids. In June, Dad runs off to Hawaii and has an unofficial “promise” ceremony with Lady, and they live in bliss for all of three months before he…

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Eight Common Legal Mistakes Business Owners Make

Nothing conveys the American Dream much more than owning your own business. To some, there’s nothing better than having the ability to call your own shots and be the head of a company or organization. However, it’s highly important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row from a legal standpoint to…

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Eight Essential Tips for Filing for Bankruptcy

Prepare for Your Financial Fresh Start Bankruptcy is oftentimes viewed to be the result of frivolous spending and being financially irresponsible. While this is sometimes the case, the truth of the matter is that filing for bankruptcy is simply a legal means of reorganizing or purging debts in order to bring about a fresh financial…

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Texas Legislature Updates Exemptions on Personal Property

By Byron R. Berry On May 26, 2015, the Texas Legislature passed an amendment to the Texas Property Code that increases the amount of personal property that is exempt from garnishment, attachment, execution or other seizure. Previously set at $60,000 for a family, or $30,000 for an individual, the protection stopped debt collectors from seizing…

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Why Does a Lawyer Cost So Much?

Why Does It Have to Cost? I know his brother, you think to yourself as you sit across from the lawyer, wondering why the retainer he just quoted you didn’t seem to include any discount. “And this retainer is no indicator of how much this may ultimately cost,” the lawyers says. What?!? MAY? ULTIMATELY? COST?…

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Why Choose a Board Certified Lawyer?

Choosing the right lawyer for your legal matters can become a little daunting when everyone claims to be the best. However, by picking a Board Certified lawyer, you are choosing a highly esteemed and skilled professional in his or her particular field of law practice. What Does Board Certified Mean? Attorneys who are Board Certified…

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Bankruptcy Exemptions

By Byron R. Berry One question that often comes up in connection with bankruptcy is “What will I get to keep?” The answer, surprisingly often, is “Everything.” But we need to look in more detail at “property exemptions” to see whether this answer likely applies to you. Most of these exemptions are by dollar amount.…

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Common Questions and Answers From My Texas Bankruptcy Clients

In my 28 years as an attorney, these questions seem to pop up again and again regarding Texas Bankruptcy: 1. I have heard I want to file Chapter 7. Why? Chapter 7 bankruptcy is often the quickest way to get a fresh start from credit card debt or medical bills while keeping your home, vehicles, personal…

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What Are the Different Types of Lawyers?

In the United States, our legal system is in place to facilitate the function of a civil society. It strives to ensure citizens abide by federal and state laws as well as balance state and federal power. It comes as no surprise that the world of law is multifaceted and encompasses multiple subcategories ranging from…

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How to Find a Lawyer

Disputes happen on a daily basis. Sometimes you just need a few days to pass to allow the dust to settle before coming to an amicable solution, but other times you may need to seek assistance from a professional. If you have exhausted all measures you can think of to resolve your issue with the…

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