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  Collaborative or traditional divorce - how do you know which is right for you?   Divorce comes with a big price tag, financially and emotionally. For couples willing to cooperate with each other, a collaborative divorce may an option.   Here are some direct comparisons between collaborative and traditional divorce to help you decide which is best.   ·        A collaborative divorce begins with the couple signing an agreement that they will cooperate, be open and honest and work together to resolve their issues.   ·        A traditional divorce begins with the filing of a lawsuit – one spouse against the other. The responding spouse will be served...

What is a collaborative divorce?   In a regular divorce case, the couple is on opposite sides. There may be a lot of fighting, disagreement and unwillingness to settle things. This type of divorce case often ends up in court.   Some divorcing couples may be able to settle things easily. These couples can agree on issues like child custody, child support, and division of property. There is no need for the court to settle their issues. In a situation like this, a couple should consider a collaborative divorce.   Collaborative divorce is a process that uses mediation and negotiation to settle the issues.   It takes two...

8 Tips to Start 2017 With the Right Foot 1.     Don’t drink and drive. The new year arrives with celebrations and fun. Be safe! Designate a driver, call a taxi or get an Uber. 2017 dawns with bright promise – don’t start off with a DWI.   2.     Review your Will and Estate Plan.   Did 2016 come with any life changes? Did you get married or remarried? Have a baby or adopt a child? Did you divorce? These are just some of the major events that make updating a Will necessary. Check your Powers of Attorney and Medical Directives, too. If you don’t have a...

Now that you have decided to create your Estate Plan, you want to be sure you cover all your bases and leave nothing out.   What questions should you ask yourself and what things should you be thinking about?   An experienced Estate Planning attorney will help you go over various scenarios and be certain you have everything covered in all the right documents. While not a comprehensive list, here are some of the things you should consider.   1.     What are my assets? What are my debts? Make a list and gather the information and documentation needed to identify all your assets and debts. Some accounts...

  Heather Tessmer has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.   Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Heather's contributions to the legal profession.   Selection as a Fellow is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year, one-third of one percent of State Bar members are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.   The...

In our last article, we gave you an overview of a basic Estate Plan, the different documents that can be included and what they do.   Today, we are discussing probate, what happens when someone dies with a will and when it might be better to have a living trust.   What is probate?   Probate is the court process that takes place after someone dies. During probate, the decedent’s will is proven valid, then his or her property gets identified, inventoried, appraised and distributed after any payments to debts and/or taxes. Probate typically involves paperwork and court appearances by attorneys. Legal and court fees are...

Nearly everyone has an estate. Your estate is simply 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 they all have in common? You can’t take it with you when you die.   Only two things in life are certain – death and taxes. Estate Planning has something to do with both. A good estate plan carries out your wishes and instructions and makes it happen with the least amount paid to taxes, legal fees and court costs.   That is Estate Planning in a...

      Heather Tessmer, Owner/Attorney at Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC, was named “Best Boss in Town” by Burnett Specialists of San Antonio. You have probably seen those billboards with the slogan “Ever Argue with a Woman?” around San Antonio. It was Heather’s decision to start this billboard campaign and it continues to be hugely popular. It has helped to establish Tessmer Law Firm as one of the top family law firms in the area. Heather's staff included these comments about her. “She values our opinions, but ultimately the direction we take is her decision. Her motto is ‘Never, never, never give up’ and...

Congratulations to Heidi Helstrom, named 2016 Paralegal of the Year at today's Paralegal Day Luncheon, sponsored by the San Antonio Paralegal Association and the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. Heidi, we are so proud of you! Thank you for the great work you do for our clients!    ...

The mother of a baby may consent to adoption no sooner than 48 hours after the child’s birth.  What about the father's rights?   A father can sign an affidavit giving up all rights to his child any time after the first trimester.  But, if a man is the biological father, married to the mother, he cannot consent until 48 hours after the child’s birth.   The child’s father must be notified of the birth and the mother’s plans for adoption. Notification can be made either personally by service, or by publication.  Reasonable efforts MUST be made to locate the father before the adoption can...