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Tessmer Tips / 15.10.2015

A small claims suit must be filed in the county where the defendant lives. The justice of the peace in each county is also the judge for Small Claims Court.  If a county has more than one justice of the peace, then the claim must be filed in the court whose precinct covers the area where the defendant resides.   If you have exhausted all reasonable steps to settle your dispute, you are within the statute of limitations and you have researched where to file, you are ready to bring your suit to the Small Claims Court. Contact the justice of the...

Tessmer Tips / 13.10.2015

While Small Claims Court cases normally concern minor debts owed. Cases such as divorce, child custody, or claims filed by a collection agency are not allowed in Small Claims Court. The Small Claims Court cannot force a party to do something, or to cease doing something; it can only deal with monetary awards of $10,000.00 or less.   It is common for litigants in Small Claims Court to represent themselves in front of the judge. This is because the cost of hiring an attorney can quickly outweigh the benefits allowed by the money limit. Though uncommon, one is still allowed to hire...

Tessmer Tips / 08.10.2015

A license is required to own many animals Texas considers to be dangerous. This includes coyotes, cougars, chimps, lions, tigers and bears. There are no laws regarding monkeys, wolves and other animals.   Equine professionals are protected from liability for property and personal injury damages resulting from the regular dangers of being around horses.  The statute requires the display of “clearly readable” warning signs to alert participants about the liability limitation.  These limits do not include all accidents involving horses, so be sure to consult an attorney to explore any options for recovery.   Have you ever been driving and come upon a cow...

Tessmer Tips / 06.10.2015

Do you allow your dog to run loose?  If your dog runs out into the street, causing a car to swerve and crash … you might be liable for the damages to that vehicle and any personal injuries to the passengers in that vehicle.   Have you noticed that more and more people bring their dogs everywhere?  Most cities prohibit animals (other than service animals) from entering restaurants and grocery stores, but local ordinances should be consulted.  Pet stores are known for allowing shoppers to bring their pets.  But, who is responsible if you slip and injure yourself on a pile of...

Tessmer Tips / 04.10.2015

This week, Tessmer Tips will bring you information about Animal Law. Did you know that dogs bite over 4.7 million Americans every year? But only 15,000 to 16,000 victims are compensated.  Dog owners are responsible for their dogs and for the damage they cause.  Often, home owners insurance will cover the damage, but compensation is rarely offered without the assistance of an attorney.   Do you have a “dangerous” dog?  A dangerous dog is one that has attacked someone or acted like it was going to attack someone while not in the dog’s own enclosure.  If your dog is labeled “dangerous,” the...