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Tessmer Tips / 04.11.2015

When you open your business, research any trademarks.  Don't get two years into your business and then find that you have to change the name of a popular product or even your entire company because someone has realized you are using a variant of their name and wants to sue you.  Do a federal or state trademark search on any proposed names for your company or products.   If a proposed name is being used as a trademark, change it if your use of the name would confuse customers or if the name is already famous.   Select the right employment structure for...

Tessmer Tips / 03.11.2015

When running your own business, keep your personal funds separate from your business funds.  Open a separate bank account for your business.  Any payments made to you by the business should be made as a check written on the business account and deposited to your personal account, just like an employer was paying you.  Never take cash out of the business account for personal expenses.   As a small business owner, you will want to insure yourself and your assets.  You may be required to carry liability insurance to protect yourself in the event of injury to a client or customer. Some...

Tessmer Tips / 01.11.2015

Are you an entrepreneur with a dream?  If you are considering starting your own business, there are legalities to consider.  For the next two weeks, we will discuss some of the points you may want to think about before you hang that “OPEN” sign.   Before you start your business, decide on an ownership structure.  Ownership structures legally establish a company as an official business. Common structures, such as partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations provide business owners with legal protection. An appropriate business structure not only offers certain tax benefits, but it also provides business owners with personal protection against lawsuits...

Tessmer Tips / 30.10.2015

Who may legally adopt in Texas?  You must be an adult, and if married, both parties must petition for adoption.  Prospective adoptive parents must agree to a home study which includes all household family members.  A criminal background check must be performed on all adult household members.   Adoption can be an extremely rewarding experience and there are many children waiting for a loving family to call their own.  If you need help navigating the adoption process, we can assist you.  Call Tessmer Law Firm at 210-368-9708 to schedule a consultation....

Tessmer Tips / 29.10.2015

What if the biological father is unknown to the mother? Because adoption involves termination the parental rights of the birth parents, efforts must be made to determine the name and whereabouts of the biological father.  The Department of Family & Protective Services must provide evidence to the court to show what actions were taken in making a diligent effort to locate the biological father.  Section 161.002 of the Texas Family Code states that the rights of an alleged father may be terminated if the child is over one year of age at the time the petition for termination or adoption...

Tessmer Tips / 28.10.2015

Does the birth father of the baby have to be notified of the birth and the mother’s adoption plan?  Yes, the birth father must be notified either personally by service or by publication.  Reasonable efforts MUST be made to locate the father.  In Texas, a father may add his name to the state paternity registry, which is operated by the Texas Vital Statistics Unit.  The purpose of the paternity registry is to "protect the parental rights of fathers who affirmatively assume responsibility for children they may have fathered, and expedite adoptions of children whose biological fathers are unwilling to assume...