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Tessmer Tips / 11.03.2016

Today we complete our series on Guardianship.   Differing from a full legal guardianship, the court may appoint to a child a Guardian Ad Litem, (GAL) sometimes called a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). A GAL is an officer of the court who volunteers to act as the voice of the minor, representing the minor's best interests and advising the court.  Many judges will abide by any recommendation given by a GAL.   A GAL or CASA volunteer is often appointed in cases where allegations of abuse, neglect, or juvenile delinquency could lead to the removal of the child from his or her home. In...

Tessmer Tips / 10.03.2016

More information about the subject of Guardianship:   Guardianship is not always necessary. If you are caring for a child that is not yours for a few weeks or months, you probably won't need legal guardianship. If the child needs medical attention, to be enrolled in school or if you need to obtain the child's legal records, legal guardianship may become necessary.   Guardianship is different from adoption. Guardianship creates a legal relationship between the adult and the child but does not erase the legal relationship with the biological parents. If the child is adopted the legal relationship of the biological parents is given...

Tessmer Tips / 08.03.2016

Part 2 of our series on Guardianship:   To seek the appointment of guardian to an individual you must file a petition with the probate court where the person lives. This is usually accompanied by a sworn statement and medical affidavits to support the claim that the individual is unable to care for himself.   To be sure that an individual appointed a guardian is having his/her needs met, the court supervises the guardian's choices. An initial review is conducted after the appointment of a guardian, as well as annual reports afterward.   A guardianship typically ends when a child reaches adult age (18), when a...

Tessmer Tips / 07.03.2016

Do you have a child with special needs?  Perhaps you are the child of a parent suffering from dementia or a debilitating illness?  It is important to take care of our loved ones when they cannot take care of themselves.  In these situations, legal guardianship may be necessary.  This week, we bring you tips and advice on the subject of Guardianship.   Guardianship is when a person is given the legal right to be responsible for the welfare of an individual who is either partially or fully unable to provide care for themselves. These responsibilities include food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities.   A...

Tessmer Tips / 05.03.2016

Earlier this week we began giving you tips and information on what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver.  Today we finish with:   In a personal injury case, documentation is important.  Take photos of your injuries. Also, include recent photos of yourself taken before the injuries occurred.  Keep a journal about your injuries and medical attention. Be precise about everything, including the daily extent of your pain. Even the smallest of points is significant information.   Keep all appointments with your medical providers. Explain to your doctors, in detail, any problems you continue to experience as a result of your...

Tessmer Tips / 29.02.2016

Distracted driving, which includes driver inattention or cell‐phone use (talking and/or texting), is becoming increasingly common and dangerous. In 2014, there were 100,825 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use). That is up 6 percent from 2013. These crashes in 2014 resulted in 3,214 serious injuries and 468 deaths. Nearly one in five crashes in Texas involves driver distraction. (Statistics courtesy of TXDOT)   If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may have questions about what to do.  This series of Tessmer Tips will help answer those questions.   How do you know if you have...