Alexander Attorneys Austin Law Firm Celebrates 5 Star Reviews on Yelp

Alexander Law Firm, a full service law practice in Austin, Texas, proudly celebrates receiving all 5 star reviews from satisfied clients on Yelp. Austin, United States - December 1, 2016 Alexander Law Firm, a full service law practice in Austin Texas, is proud to celebrate receiving 5 star reviews from their satisfied clients on Yelp. The locally owned and operated law firm has proudly served the greater Austin area and has worked to provide quality legal services to the members of their … [Read more...]

Know Your Rights: Marriage Equality and Retirement Benefits

After the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of United States v. Windsor, the federal government was required to recognize all legal marriages, including those of same-sex couples. Since that ruling, most employer-sponsored retirement benefit plans have recognized same-sex spouses as legal spouses who are eligible for a share of all retirement benefits or to act as a beneficiary. Therefore, all retirement plans through private employers should already be recognizing same-sex spouses and … [Read more...]

Know Your Rights: Marriage Equality and Veteran’s Spousal Benefits

  Much like the Social Security benefits we discussed in our last post, a patchwork of federal and state laws affected a married couple’s eligibility for veteran’s spousal benefits. After the Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor struck down a law which had barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, veteran’s spousal benefits became available to many same-sex spouses. However, many couples still were and are deemed ineligible for benefits based on the … [Read more...]

Know Your Rights: Marriage Equality and Spousal Social Security Benefits

As we discussed in our last post, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, married same-sex couples were required to navigate a patchwork of federal and state laws in order to determine what benefits they were entitled to receive. The Court’s 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor struck down a law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, and spousal benefits became available for many married couples. However, the Social … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality and Spousal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples are guaranteed the constitutional right to marry, their marriages must be recognized in every state in the country. This recognition means that same-sex marriages are considered equal and that as legally married couples, they are to be granted the same rights and privileges that all married couples enjoy. For many, those rights now include spousal benefits.  Spousal Benefits Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality and Families: What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for Parents and Children

With the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, it is easy to assume that legal marriage guarantees that the parental rights of same-sex couples are automatically protected. However, the rights of parents, especially those of non-biological parents, vary widely from state to state. In many cases simply being married may not be enough to ensure the parental rights of a non-biological parent. Marriage equality is an important first step in recognizing the validity of all … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality After the Supreme Court’s Ruling: Getting Married in Texas

As we discussed in our last post, the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges guarantees same-sex couples the freedom to marry in all states in the United States. This means that same-sex couples in Texas can apply for and receive a marriage license in any county in the state. While some opponents to same-sex marriage, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have stated that county clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to couples based on the clerk’s personal … [Read more...]

Marriage Equality Ruling: What the Supreme Court’s Decision Means for Same Sex Couples in Texas

Marriage equality is now the law of the land in every state of the United States of America. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court announced its decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court’s decision guarantees same-sex couples the freedom to marry and the right to have those marriages recognized by every state. What are Your Rights? According to the Supreme Court, the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states, including the State of Texas to issue marriage licenses to same-sex … [Read more...]

Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Estate planning is an important and intricate process. It is vital to ensure that all of the documents you need to protect your estate are in order and that your loved ones are protected. Don’t let simple mistakes thwart your plans for your estate. The following is a list of common, but easily avoidable mistakes to be aware of when planning your estate. Not consulting with an expert – For those who wish to do so, there are online sites that can assist you with constructing your own wills … [Read more...]

Important Documents You Need Now

In the event of a serious injury or accident, it is vital that you have several key documents in place so that your loved ones know your desires for medical care. If you are too ill or seriously injured to tell them and there are no directives in place, the decisions will be left up to loved ones and may not be the choices you desired. The following steps should be taken now to ensure that you and your family are aware of your wishes should a situation in which you are incapacitated … [Read more...]