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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...

Tessmer Tips / 26.02.2016

Tip #10 on being a great client: Remember there are no real winners in litigation. It is time consuming, stressful and downright expensive. Nobody really wins in the end. Try and separate your emotions from your legal issues as much as possible. You may want to really “stick it to ‘em” but if you don’t – and sometimes even if you do – you still did not “win”. The best legal advice that can be offered is to avoid litigation altogether. But then again, those that ignore that advice are the ones who keep us in business!...

Tessmer Tips / 25.02.2016

Tip #8 on being a great client: Don’t show up at the office expecting to see your attorney without an appointment. Law offices are extremely busy and need to keep a schedule for appointments. Likewise, if you make an appointment you cannot keep, you should let your attorney’s office know as soon as possible.   Tip #9 on being a great client: The practice of law is a service; “a lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade” (Abraham Lincoln). Think about what your goals are, what you are willing to settle for at minimum and what you need to know in...

Tessmer Tips / 24.02.2016

Tip #6 on being a great client: Follow the plan you and your attorney have agreed on for a course of action. Do not change direction, take unilateral action or fail to follow through without first discussing it with your counsel. Be a team player. Tip #7 on being a great client: Review your bill when it arrives and pay on time. If you need clarification about a particular charge or disagree with anything, bring it to your attorney’s attention immediately. If you are having trouble paying your bill, don’t ignore the situation. Call your lawyer’s office and discuss the circumstances;...