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Focus on basic estate planning considerations

Today’s Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer blog post answers some basic questions that many individuals and families in Texas and across the United States often have when their thoughts turn to planning surrounding their loved ones.

Indeed, the term “estate planning” is almost a taboo utterance for legions of persons. A considerable number of people feel almost overwhelmed when they contemplate the planning universe.

Spotlighting liability linked with Texas’ dramshop law

Sometimes a given Texas legal matter featuring liability will closely depend on the proven culpability of one designated third party.

At other times, such is not the case, which we prominently note on our website at the experienced Killeen law firm of Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer. We stress therein that, “Personal injury law does not require you [an accident victim] to hold a single party responsible for what happened to you.”

Preventing the unthinkable with safe walking tips and procedures

With spring approaching and warmer weather rolling in, Texas sidewalks may already be filling up with individuals who wish to do most of their traveling on their own two feet. Whether to save on fuel costs or to avoid traffic, you might also consider it time to park your vehicle in favor of a healthier form of travel.

Since you likely consider your safety to be paramount, knowing the risks involved with walking near traffic could prove imperative. While you might face a variety of potential hazards with motor vehicles nearby, seeking advice on pedestrian safety tips could help you prepare to stay safe as you travel.

Are Texas family law court orders immutable and set in stone?

Texas divorces are sometimes comparatively simple affairs, of course. Some couples are wed for only a short time and do not envision any problematic or otherwise challenging issues arising in their divorce or following a marital dissolution.

Many of those impending exes did not accumulate a material amount of marital assets during their union. Perhaps they never had children, either. The bottom line with some dissolutions is that there is small likelihood that a post-divorce change to a judicial decree will ever be requested down the road.

Accident risk factors outsized for this specific group

We periodically revisit specific subject matter relevant to the personal injury realm at Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer. That is especially true regarding information germane to injury concerns for particularly high-risk groups.

Where that is the focus, it is not even arguable that pedestrians in Killeen and elsewhere across Central Texas and other areas of the state occupy a unique niche. They are at once the most vulnerable members of the public when they are outdoors and exposed to the negligent driving behaviors of motorists preoccupied by distractions.

You've been in an accident -- now what? Here's what to do.

A car has just struck your automobile at an intersection, and at the moment, you feel as though you are experiencing a living nightmare. You feel fearful and in pain. Then, when you discover that the accident was the result of the other driver's carelessness, that fear turns into anger.

Unfortunately, sometimes, a motorist's carelessness will cause an accident that results in life-disrupting injuries. Fortunately, though, if you end up hurt in a car crash caused by another person in Texas, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Here are some important steps to take following the accident to protect your best interests.

As a grandparent, is it possible to secure custody or visitation?

When Texas parents go through a divorce, it can have a significant impact on the relationships the children have with their parents. However, it can also have a significant impact on other relationships the kids have with extended family members, such as grandparents. A divorce, family disputes and poor decisions by parents can sometimes compel grandparents to seek custody or visitation rights.

If you are a grandparent, you might have concerns about how the choices made by the parents could affect the relationship you have with your grandkids. While courts typically favor the opinions of the biological parents, there are times when grandparents can obtain visitation or even custody. These situations can be remarkably complex, which is why it is often beneficial to seek the guidance and support of an experienced family law attorney before you proceed.

What is most relevant in the decision to contest a will?

A testator (sometimes called grantor or creator) often leaves nothing to chance concerning the drafting and execution of a will. He or she works in a timely manner with proven legal counsel to ensure that all important estate planning elements are sufficiently addressed, coupled with legal formalities being tightly observed.

In a nutshell, all key considerations are adequately dealt with, and the desired outcome concerning heirs, loved ones and other third parties is fully realized.

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