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Ashmore Law Firm: Our Legal Blog

This blog, which is regularly updated by our estate planning, probate, personal injury, & family law attorneys, strives to keep our clients & potential clients informed, engaged, & connected to the latest news, trends, & current events. Learn more about these subjects & how they may affect you in these short, informative, personal, & candid legal blog posts.


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10/26/2017
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New Statutory Durable Power of Attorney Changes

The 2017 Texas legislature passed a significant update to the Durable Power of Attorney, effective as of September 1, 2017. Find out what this means for you.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

10/11/2017
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The Different Types of Guardianships

A Guardianship is separated into two identities. In order to determine the type of Guardianship someone needs, we must consider the two identities.

Category: Guardianship

9/5/2017
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3 Alternatives to Guardianship

If you feel that a loved one is in need of a Guardianship, we recommend first looking at these less restrictive alternatives.

Category: Guardianship

7/10/2017
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Summer Time Child Visitation

Summer visitation schedules can be confusing for divorced parents. Learn how summer visitations schedules work in Texas.

Category: Child Visitation

5/31/2017
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Talking Money - What Will Divorce Do to the ‘Bottom Line’?

It's important to know how divorce will effect you financially. If we were freer when talking about money, perhaps we’d have less anxiety and more realism.

Category: Family Law / Divorce

5/2/2017
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Modification of a Trust: Can you Lose your GST Exemption?

The IRS recently issued a Private Letter Ruling where taxpayers were looking for clarification of interpretation on specific sections of an irrevocable trust.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

4/12/2017
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IRS Now Using Private Debt Collectors – Be Aware of Scams

The IRS is beginning to implement use of private debt collection agencies. Learn tips on how to protect yourself from potential scams.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

3/20/2017
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Grandparents’ Rights in Texas

In a recent news story, it was revealed that Priscilla Presley is caring for her grandchildren. Grandparents’ rights in Texas are limited.

Category: General

2/23/2017
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Who Gets The Remains?

Texas has strict laws as to who may authorize cremation and who has the legal right to control the remains.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

2/1/2017
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Estate Planning - Preparation for the Inevitable

A recent article from the New York Times gives a perspective on why estate planning isn’t “death planning,” but instead it is preparation for the inevitable.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

1/25/2017
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Mattress Money

An article about federal officials uncovering $20 million in cash under a mattress got me thinking about the various places we've seen people hide money.

Category: Probate

1/10/2017
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2017 Estate Planning Resolutions

Creating or updating your estate plan is a resolution you can’t afford to put off because of the financial & legal burdens that could be placed on your family.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

11/15/2016
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Not Just In Hollywood

Even in the most turbulent of times in a family law matter, it's always best when parents can reach agreements regarding their children.

Category: Family Law / Divorce

11/1/2016
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Giving Thanks During The Holidays

Make the holidays a time to get your affairs in order, spend time with family and friends, and give thanks.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

10/13/2016
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It’s Coming: Estate Tax Changes

Estate planning is a topic that affects everyone. Find out how the recent election could have an impact on your estate tax planning.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

9/29/2016
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What About the Stuff?

When people get divorced, they have to divide property they've accumulated together. Protect your "stuff" by having the right attorney by your side.

Category: Family Law / Divorce

9/7/2016
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Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin Didn't Have A Will

Star Trek actor, Anton Yelchin died in a tragic accident last summer without a Will. His parents now have the task of trying to get control of his estate.

Category: Family Law / Divorce

8/11/2016
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Who Keeps the Engagement Ring?

Are you wondering if you get to keep the ring? Find out who gets to keep the "bling" in a broken off engagement or divorce in Texas.

Category: Divorce

8/4/2016
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Till Death (or Divorce) Do Us Part

Former Bachelorette, Jojo is ENGAGED! We hope that the happy couple is considering getting a premarital agreement before they take the plunge.

Category: Prenuptial Agreement

7/28/2016
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Who'd Take Care of Your Children if Something Happens to You

If you have minor children, having an estate plan in place is a must! There are two important estate planning pieces to have in order to protect your children.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

6/28/2016
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Pet Trusts & Divorce Possession Schedules

Lori Ashmore Peters discusses how a pet trust can take care of your pets if something happened to you & Whitney Keltch explains who gets a pet in a divorce.

Category: General

6/2/2016
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You Say Wedding Season, We Say Prenup Season

If you or a loved one are getting married, we encourage you to get a premarital agreement. It can help protect both spouses in the case of death or divorce.

Category: Prenuptial Agreement

5/12/2016
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Same Sex Marriage Issues in Texas After Obergefell v. Hodges

A lot has happened since 2013 relating to same sex marriage. Case law is slowly beginning to answer some of the questions that lawyers & same sex couples have.

Category: General

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4/6/2016
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Will Contests & Probate Litigation

Have you been wrongfully excluded from your inheritance? You may only have one chance to prevent someone from taking the assets that belong to you. Let us help!

Category: Probate

2/18/2016
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The Uniform Prudent Investor Act

The Uniform Prudent Investor Act has had several variations over the years, therefore, it's always important to keep abreast of statutory changes & case law.

Category: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts