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Grady Dickens

Who’s Your Daddy-Parentage in the age of Sperm Donation and Ancestry.Com

It is happening with more and more frequency…someone knocks on the door and announces him or her self as the child of the man answering the door.  DNA and the rise of Ancestry.com and the like have created this potentially awkward moment over and over again.   In many cases it is a beautiful moment.  I …

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But Honey I Thought You Loved Me-What to do When a Premarital Agreement Isn’t an Option

I have been involved in many premarital agreement situations where the parties got upset and decided the negotiations were hurting their relationship, so they decide to drop it.  In Texas, there is an option, however, for the person of means to pursue that can be done without the knowledge or consent of their fiancee. The …

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Another Conservation Easement Bits the Dust

In theory conservation easements are simple- a landowner grants a perpetual easement on a portion of his land for a charitable purpose and gets an income tax deduction for the reduction in value to the land encumbered by the easement.   Many wealthy landowners have successfully done conservation easements.  However, they have been highly abused over …

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