Turning 18 and the Law

This week is Spring Break for many students and their families, so what better time to go over what changes when your son or daughter turns 18? Stayed tuned for 10 tips on Turning 18 and the Law, beginning with tip #1:   Turning 18 is a major milestone and with it comes new rights […]

Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

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 […]

Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

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 […]

Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

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.   […]

Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

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 […]

Have you been injured by a distracted driver? – Part 3

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 […]

Have you been injured by a distracted driver? Part 2

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 continue with:   If you have been injured, seek medical attention before doing anything else.  Submit as necessary to exams, x-rays and tests ordered by the treating doctors.   If recommended, […]

Have you been injured by a distracted driver?

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. […]

Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

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 […]

Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

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.   […]