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Hiding assets is more common than you might think in Texas divorces

Getting divorced can bring out the worst in some people. It is an emotionally stressful time that may inspire the desire to "win" or beat your spouse in any way possible as you end your marriage. For many people, these feelings can result in a protracted, contentious divorce that the courts must settle.

Texas is a community property state when it comes to asset division in a divorce. Essentially, any and all assets and possessions acquired by the spouses during the marriage are considered to be community property, which is divisible in a divorce. That doesn't mean that asset division is inherently a 50/50 split, however, and unfortunately sometimes one spouse will try to hide assets to shield them from division with the other spouse. If you believe that your soon-to-be ex may try to hide assets, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. 

4 ways to avoid a drunk driver

It seems like every weekend between Georgetown and Round Rock, there is another drunk driving accident. Unfortunately, the only way to stay truly safe from a drunk driver is to simply not drive. But for most Texans, that is virtually impossible. Not only is everything bigger in the Lone Star State; things are farther apart as well. For many people, a quick trip to the nearest convenience store requires a 10-minute drive.

Since staying off the road is not an option, it is important to know some other tactics to stay safe when there are drunk drivers on the road. The following tips can help you do just that.

Always report a slip-and-fall accident to management

Experiencing a slip-and-fall often results in a rush of embarrassment, especially if you were in a crowded grocery store or the foyer of a professional establishment when it happened. Even though your slipping was the direct result of some external factor, like overwaxed tile or a small puddle on the floor, you might rush to assure everyone you're fine and move on. However, you should resist that urge. Failing to take the fall seriously could prove to be a serious mistake, particularly if you suffer a head injury or other serious injury.

If you fall at any place of business, one you patronize or work for, you should report the incident to a manager. Doing so creates a record of the event, and that record can be used in your personal injury/premises liability claim if you need to make one. Such a claim can lead to compensation for medical expenses and other costs resulting from the fall.

A major life event might require a change to your will

If you own property in Georgetown or elsewhere in Williamson County, you probably already have a will to ensure your assets pass smoothly to your heirs. However, the will you wrote 10 or 20 years ago may no longer be relevant. As you grow your wealth and your beneficiaries change, it is necessary to update your will. In fact, there are multiple reasons why you should update the information in your will or estate plan.

There are various life events that should serve as a cue that you need to make some changes to your will. If you fail to do so, you cold leave a mess that your family will have to sort out when you pass away.

How do you know a dog is about to bite? Here are six signs.

People are shocked and surprised when a dog bites. The owner appears appalled, saying the dog has never done anything like that before. If you're the bite victim, you're stunned and you never saw it coming.

These things happen fast, and confusion in the aftermath is certainly understandable. That said, most dog bites come with at least one clear warning sign before they happen, and perhaps more. If owners know what to watch for, they can take steps to reduce or eliminate these incidents.

Holding distracted drivers accountable for the crashes they cause

Distracted driving has always been an issue, but with the rise of social media and smartphones, it has reached epidemic proportions. According to statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die every day in the United States as a result of distracted drivers, and another 1,000 people suffer injuries each day in distracted driving collisions.

While you may take the responsibility of driving seriously, other people on the road may not. The end result could be a tragic crash caused by another driver who simply wasn't paying attention to the road. When that happens, you have a right to stand up for yourself and make sure that the distracted driver is held accountable.

The importance of naming the right person as guardian of your child

For many parents, having children is the initial motivation for creating a will and later a comprehensive estate plan. After all, once you've opened your heart and your family to a new child, you want to know that he or she will always receive the care and protection needed to thrive. That includes the possible situation in which you are not able to care directly for your child anymore. Putting off making a will could leave your children in a precarious position.

Creating a last will and testament allows you to choose one or more people to act as guardians of your minor children. Depending on your circumstances, the person you choose could end up caring for your dependents for many years to come. That's why it is so important to name the right individual as guardian.

Consider out-of-pocket medical costs when determining child support

Divorcing parents often struggle to find a workable parenting plan that accounts not only for the child's needs, but also for each parent's financial ability to meet those needs.

These matters can become particularly complicated when a child's medical expenses are not covered by insurance. In terms of child support obligations, these medical expenses are called "extraordinary" expenses, and they can be accounted for in a child support order.

Safe driving in work zones can help you avoid an accident

It seems like the construction on I-35 will never end. Just as workers complete one section, concrete barriers and orange barrels appear at another. Sometimes, road construction can cause lanes to be very narrow, which makes traveling them very dangerous, especially with traffic that is traveling above the speed limit.

While Texas has made progress in making these zones safer for the workers, the reality is that more drivers die in work-zone collisions than the men and women working on the road. This is mostly due to speeding and inattention. If you are commuting around the Georgetown area, the following tips can help you stay safe in construction zones.

Can you prevent heirs from contesting your will or estate plan?

When you take the time to create a last will or a thorough estate plan, you do so because you want to have your wishes followed. It is possible, however, for your family members or an heir to contest your will.

If someone believes he or she didn't receive a fair inheritance or that there was a questionable change to the will, that person can ask the state to step in by processing it in probate court. The probate court can take weeks or months, cost the estate a lot of money and change the terms of your last will in some cases.