Same-Sex Couples & Estate Planning

Your estate is everything you own – your car, home, bank accounts, life insurance, personal possessions, etc. Some estates are large, some are small, but just about everybody has one. What do all estates have in common? You can’t take it with you when you die. In honor of pride month, we are focusing on […]

Estate Planning: Living Trust Or Will?

‘Later’ is too late when it comes to preparing a will or living trust. We cannot stress enough how important it is to have the appropriate Estate Planning documents for your individual needs.

Entering Into A Common-Law Marriage

Last week we discussed what a common-law marriage entails, but how do you enter into one? If You Would Like To Enter A Common-Law Marriage You Must Be: over 18; marrying someone of the opposite sex; not related to your future spouse; not currently married. More Requirements When Entering A Common-Law Marriage Nobody under the […]

What Is Common-Law Marriage?

In Texas, common-law marriage, or informal marriage, is where a man and woman become husband and wife without getting a marriage license or having a religious ceremony.  This form of marriage confers all the same rights we recognize in a formal or traditional marriage. Before its independence, Texas laws were based on Spanish and European […]

What is a business valuation?

Simply put, a business valuation is the process of determining how much a business is worth. This is necessary in the event of a divorce – high net worth or otherwise – because if the business is community property, it must be sold and divided equitably or one spouse must buy out the other’s share. […]

Tessmer Tips for New Business Startups

Are you an entrepreneur with a dream? If you are considering starting your own business, there are legalities to consider.  For the next two weeks, we will discuss some of the points you may want to think about before you hang that “OPEN” sign. Before you start your business, decide on an ownership structure.  Ownership […]

Someone I Know Is Being Abused

“I think someone I know is being abused.” What has changed? They make excuses for injuries Their personality has changed. They used to be so confident, now they have such low self-esteem They have become reserved and distant They are constantly checking in with their partner They never really have access to money, or money […]

Domestic Violence: Types Of Abuse

More than just physical. Domestic abuse is more than just physical. There can be psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse (yes, you can be sexually abused and even raped by your significant other), financial abuse, and emotional abuse. Am I being abused? Am I being sexually abused? Rape, attempted rape or sexual assault Inappropriate touching […]

Rebuilding Your Life After Divorce

Picking up and starting over after the loss of decades worth of plans is the most crushing aspect of divorce after age 50.  Change that touches every aspect of your life can be emotionally devastating.  It is natural to grieve. You have, after all, spent half a lifetime together, if not more.  But put conscious […]