Can I Avoid Probate with a Texas Revocable Living Trust?


A Revocable Living Trust is an estate planning instrument created by you during your lifetime and is effective in connection with any real or personal property that you place into the trust. Until such time as it's funded with assets, it's just a nullity. When you create the Revocable Living Trust, you're known as the grantor. During your lifetime, you are the trust's trustee, and you have full power and authority to amend the trust, or even revoke it in its entirety and take back title to its assets. Until the time of your death, you are also the beneficiary of the trust. At the same time … [Read more...]

Don’t Talk To The Other Side’s Insurance Company If You Have Been In An Accident


In the very early stages of an accident case, you might consent to giving a statement to the adverse insurer before you ever retain counsel. Those statements are either written or recorded. The adjuster from the adverse insurer tells you that they just merely want to get some information about the accident, your injuries and damages, but the actual purpose of the statement is to obtain admissions from you which may be used against you in trying to avoid responsibility. Unfortunately, many people talk to the adverse party's insurance adjuster before they ever talk to their own attorney. Don't … [Read more...]

4 Common Causes of Truck Accidents


Truck accidents ordinarily cause much greater damage than car accidents. A tractor trailer on the road can be more than 60 feet long and weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Because of a semi-tractor's size and weight, victims of trucking accidents are far more likely to sustain very serious and debilitating personal injuries or even be killed. Most truck accidents result from one or a combination of the following causes. 1) Driver error is often the result of fatigue, distraction or inattention. Whenever one of these situations is experienced by a driver, the risk of an accident increases … [Read more...]

Getting Medical Treatment Right Away After An Accident

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It must be stressed that if you're in an accident and you're injured, you should seek medical treatment right away. If it's a car accident, get treated by paramedics at the scene, and insist that they transport you to the nearest emergency room if you believe you may be injured. It it's another type of accident, make sure that paramedics are called immediately. Insist on treatment at the scene and have them take you to an emergency room if necessary. For legal purposes, injuries are documented by medical records. Aside from liability issues, they're the most important aspect of a case. … [Read more...]

Speeding and Crashes


People don't think of speeding as being the cause or a contributing factor in motor vehicle collisions because it's so common. We all catch ourselves speeding at one time or another, but speeding can be deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, speeding contributes to about 33 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the less reaction time is available. There's also the increased energy thrust on the human body at high speeds. The likelihood of serious injury increases exponentially the faster we travel. In 1995, congress repealed the … [Read more...]

Do I Need an Attorney for a Texas Divorce?


Every Texas county has its own process for people to get divorced without an attorney.  For somebody in a short marriage with no children, no real estate and no investments, the process might operate in their best interests and save them some money.  For somebody in a longer marriage with children, jobs and investments, the benefits of having an attorney more than pay for themselves. Texas is a community property state.  Any income earned or acquired by either party during the course of the marriage is community property and equally owned.  That's a legal presumption.  Separate property is … [Read more...]

What are the Elements of a Texas Warranty Deed and What are the Warranties?


When Springer & Lyle represents a party to a real estate transaction, a deed passes between the buyer and seller.  The deed is a signed legal writing that's used to transfer and memorialize ownership or an interest in real estate from the owner to a new owner.  These parties are ordinarily called the grantor and grantee.  To be operative, a deed must comply with certain legal elements.  First, the deed must be in writing, and the grantor must be over the age of 18 and have legal capacity.  Grantee must be in a legal position to receive the deed and accept it.  Both the buyer, seller and … [Read more...]

I Have Been In An Accident, Now What?


Being involved in a car accident or truck accident can be a very traumatic experience especially if the accident was not your fault.  If you have been involved in an accident and you been injured, it is common to have questions regarding the legal course of action. Springer & Lyle is available to answer your questions, such as who pays for the damages and who will be responsible for the medical bills.   It is a good idea to understand some of your basic rights in case an accident happens.  Here are some helpful tips: What is Personal Injury? if the injury was caused by the negligence, … [Read more...]

What is a Contested Will?


The validity of a will may be called into question by making a formal objection to it. The larger an estate is, the larger the chance that an objection might be made. A person can't just generally object to a will that's being offered for admission into probate though. By retaining Springer & Lyle to draft and assist you in executing your will, you're drastically reducing the chances that somebody will contest it. Anybody interested person can object to a will, but their objection must have a specific basis that's recognized by Texas law. Only a very small minority of contests are … [Read more...]

What’s an Easement in Texas Real Estate Law?


If you're closing on property in the North Texas area, a real estate attorney from Springer & Lyle can assist you in reviewing the title commitment, title documents, survey, and deed to determine what easements and other interests affect your property. If there are easements, you'll need to know something about your rights and obligations relative to those easements. An easement constitutes a right to use part or all of the real estate belonging to someone else. There are various types of easements. Almost all easements are affirmative in that they permit somebody else to use the owner's … [Read more...]