A look at celebrity child support payments

May 11th, 2012

And you thought your child support amount wasn’t computed correctly? Well, the Wall Street Journal this week look at some recent celebrity child support agreements, and what was being paid for, and it’s not your “average” child support….

http://online.wsj.com/article/APe55a2d5377894c75967b8e3121631c5c.html

Hiding Millions From Your Ex Gets Harder, Thanks To Offshore Tax Crackdown

April 2nd, 2012

Forbes Magazine ran a March 16, 2012 story chronicling one Alaska doctor’s attempts to hide $4.7 million from his ex-wife…the long arm of the long found him.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2012/03/16/hiding-millions-from-your-ex-gets-harder-thanks-to-offshore-tax-crackdown/

CIA divorces: The secrecy when spies split

March 21st, 2012

The Fredericksburg woman divorcing her husband laid out all the messy details, including the most secret of them all. Her husband, she wrote in now-sealed court documents, is a covert operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. His CIA job, she said, poisoned their five-year-old marriage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cia-divorces-the-secrecy-when-spies-split/2012/03/05/gIQAPpBZAS_story.html

Poor who owe child support could lose federal benefits

February 27th, 2012

The Washington Post reported today that thousands of poor and disabled men stand to lose their only income next year because of a change in government policy that will allow states to seize every dollar of federal benefits from people who owe back child support.

It’s worth reading because many have lost sight of how much of the “delinquent” child support is often government fees and interest that comprise the delinquency.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poor-who-own-child-support-could-lose-federal-benefits/2012/02/26/gIQA4zilcR_story.html

Eric

Mitt Romney vs. Your Income….a calculator by Slate magazine

January 25th, 2012

This afternoon Slate magazine posted an interesting (and quite telling) calculator that allows you to enter your annual income for 2010 and see how long it took Mitt Romney to earn that amount in 2010, and vice versa (how long it would take you to earn his amount of income).

Here it is:

http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2012/01/romney_income_calculator_how_much_does_mitt_make_how_long_would_it_take_him_to_earn_your_salary_.html

Secret GPS tracking by police? Not without a warrant says the U.S. Supreme Court

January 24th, 2012

The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously restricted the police’s ability to use a GPS device to track criminal suspects in a first test of how privacy rights will be protected in the digital age.

The court rejected the government’s view that long-term surveillance of a suspect by GPS tracking is no different than traditional, low-tech forms of monitoring. But its decision was nuanced and incremental, leaving open the larger questions of how government may use the information generated by modern technology for surveillance purposes.

complete story from The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-warrants-needed-in-gps-tracking/2012/01/23/gIQAx7qGLQ_story.html

 

Happy New Year 2012!

January 19th, 2012

Happy 2012!
January is well under way and many of us are tidying up our matters from last year and planning for this year.
If you, your family, or friends have the need for an attorney in your new year’s planning, please feel free to call me at your earliest convenience. Happy New Year, Eric

(713) 370-7100

eric@ericgruetzner.com

www.ericgruetzner.com

Election Day Today!

November 8th, 2011

Please remember to vote today….the polls are open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. If you need polling place information in Harris County, please visit www.harrisvotes.org. Eric

Hurt in a slip and fall accident…now what?

October 18th, 2011

I had a client come to me after he had a bone-breaking fall in a store, and as you might imagine, he had many questions and concerns. It’s not unusual for a slip and fall to produce such a serious injury, but what you do immediately after the accident is critical. First, take care of yourself! Seek out medical attention and get the treatment you need. Don’t talk to anyone about the facts of the fall, especially anyone from the store or the store’s insurance company (remember those folks are looking out for the store’s interests, NOT yours). Next, call me at (713) 370-7100 or email me at eric@ericgruetzner.com and let’s visit about your accident. Texas slip and fall law is stacked heavily in favor of the store-owners, so it is wise for you to consult with an experienced Texas slip and fall attorney as soon as possible about your case! Take care and until next time, stay safe out there, Eric

“After my accident the insurance adjuster is asking for a recorded statement. Should I give one or do I need an attorney?”

October 4th, 2011

As an attorney I have represented hundreds of accident victims. Before becoming an attorney I worked for a large insurance company in the commercial claims department, so I’ve seen this issue from both sides and I can confidently say that before you speak to ANYONE from any insurance company, you should consult with an attorney first.

Why? Simple, an attorney has your interests first and will advocate for you. The insurance adjuster has the interests of his/her company and insurance policy holder first, NOT you.

But I don’t have anything to hide, you say. And I do not believe you do, but let me give you a short example. It is routine in a car accident for the adjuster to ask you how fast you were driving immediately before the crash. You may say something like “about 45 MPH.” Now unless you specifically remember looking at your speedometer and it said 45 MPH, you should reconsider answering with such certainty. In a number of cases I have seen the insurance company take that statement (45 MPH) and use an “expert witness” to calculate braking distances and then blame YOU for the accident.

If you had spoken with an attorney, he/she would have asked you when you last looked at the speedometer, etc….before letting you guesstimate your way through a statement.

If you have an Texas injury case that you would like to talk to me about, please feel free to call me at (713) 370-7100 or you may email me directly at eric@ericgruetzner.com.