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As a tenant in Texas, you have the right to demand repair of any condition that affects your health and safety.  Under Texas law, your landlord guarantees that the unit he rents to you will be a fit place to live.  In certain conditions, you and your landlord may have a written agreement that you will make needed repairs. The landlord does not have a duty to pay for or make repairs if you or your guests cause an unsafe or unhealthy condition through negligence, carelessness, abuse or accident—unless the condition resulted from "normal wear and tear."   Under Texas law, your...

This week, Tessmer Tips will address laws and regulations affecting the landlord/tenant relationship. The relationship between Texas landlords and their tenants is governed by several statutes and court rulings, and most particularly by Chapter 92 of the Texas Property Code.  But the most important source of information is your rental agreement, whether it is written or oral.   A written lease agreement is always preferred.  Read your lease carefully and discuss any changes that should be made before you sign.   As a tenant in Texas, you have a right to peace and quiet, or “quiet enjoyment” as it is called in the...

Heather Tessmer was presented today as a new member of the Rotary International Club of San Antonio. The Rotary Club of San Antonio is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help promote goodwill and fellowship. The Club meets each Wednesday at noon at The Bright Shawl in downtown San Antonio. Pictured here with Heather are President Gardner Peavy and Past President Jay Stanley....

Remember, in order to have a common law marriage a couple must:   live together as man and wife in Texas; agree to be married; represent themselves as married in Texas. i.e., tell others they are married.   I’ve been living with my partner for over seven years. Are we in a common law marriage? No, not unless you and your partner have agreed to be married and refer to each other as husband and wife to others in Texas.   My partner and I had a child together. Are we automatically considered to have a common law marriage? No. You must meet the three requirements listed...

Dissolving a Common Law Marriage – Divorce   In order to end a common law marriage you must file for divorce. The first step, however, is proving the marriage existed.   Proving a Common Law Marriage   Texas courts generally give two years from the end of the relationship for a person to prove a common law marriage and file for divorce. After two years the court assumes that there was no agreement of marriage.   Examples of proof of marriage are:   joint tax statements; leases signed as husband and wife; insurance forms filed as husband and wife; a signed declaration of marriage; sworn testimony from acquaintances stating...

Entering into a Common Law Marriage   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.   Nobody under the age of 18 may enter into a common law marriage, even with parental approval. In addition to being over 18, you must be a mixed gender couple. A Texas judge recently ruled the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional during a lawsuit involving a same-sex common law marriage. However, the status of same-sex marriage remains in legal limbo. Finally, both parties must...

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. Prior to its independence, Texas laws were based on Spanish and European civil laws. In 1840, The Republic of Texas adopted the English system of laws known as “common law.” This mixing of legal systems is why Texas is one of the few states to recognize both traditional and common law marriage as legally equivalent. Most...

Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC was proud to sponsor and participate in the 2015 Wild Woman Weekend in Blanco, Texas! During Wild Woman Weekend, women from all across Central Texas converge on Blanco for a weekend of FUN.  The "wild" activities of the weekend included a "chick market" on the square of the historic Blanco County Courthouse , "chick flick" under the stars, a 5k run/walk, kayaking classes, a cooking competition, fly-fishing, art lessons, scarf painting clinic, survival skills class, wine tastings and more.  The event finished up with a big Casino Night hosted by Old 300 BBQ that included a Silent Auction, door and raffle prizes and...

CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Tessmer for winning "Most Improved Company" at the 2015 TAB San Antonio Awards! The Alternative Board (TAB) is is a membership organization of business owners and CEOs who assist each other in transforming their businesses. TAB offers board meetings, coaching sessions, strategic planning assistance, seminars, etc. to help businesses grow and improve operations. For more information about TAB, check out www.tabsanantonio.com. ...