Saturday, July 22, 2017

Amicus Attorneys in Harris county custody cases

There are many, many fine attorneys that do amicus work in Harris county.

Here is a partial list of attorneys that will represent children in custody cases.

If someone's name does not appear - it does not mean that they are not good at what they do.

Prices vary according to their experience and years of practice.

A partial list of Amicus Attorneys in the Houston area:


Jetty Abraham

Damiane Banieh

Phyanka Bhandari

Rogers Boudreaux

Julie Brock

Allyson Brupbacher

Patricia Bushmna

Claudia Canalas

Rose Cardenas

Robert Clark

George Clevenger

Jennifer Davis

Laura Arteaga Francis

Karleana Farias

Leo Farias

Kelly Fritsch

Kathy Gardner

Angelina Gooden

Daniel Gray

Alex Hunt

Janet Heppard

Ashley Indelicato

Farrah Kamal

Michele Fulton Kilgore

Megan Kitutis Keimig

Delona Tucker Laxton

Angela Landa

Maria Lowry

Eric McFerren

Alice O'Neil

Georgann Oslesby

Elizabeth Pagel

Dara Percely

Stephanie Proffitt

Holli Palmer

Rocky Lee Pilgrim

Marsha Reed

Dawn Rankin

Alemia Rodriguez

Barbara Rice Stalder

Itze Navarro Soliz

Dennis Slate

Geric Tipsworth

Terisa Taylor

Hillary Unger


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sites to locate missing people

Here are just a few of the websites I use to try to find people that are missing:

Hint: Avoid sites that charge $30-$35 for one search. Most are out-of-date.


www.publicdata.com - around $40/year

www.reversephonedirectory.com

www.whitepages.com

www.switchboard.com

www.goggle.com

www.bing.com

www.dogpile.com

www.ask.com

www.metacrawler.com

www.zabasearch.com

www.tracersinfo.com

www.facebook.com

www.linkedin.com

www.twitter.com

www.myspace.com

www.instagram.com

www.youtube.com

www.snapchat.com

www.pipl.com

www.familycource.com

www.clusty.com

www.vivismo.com

District Clerk of the county you want - search criminal and civil cases

Real property records of the county you want

County Clerk for the county you want - Marriage records

The county jail for the county you want - lists inmates

The State of Texas inmate search website

The federal inmate search website

I. C. E.

The Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin (keeps track of all divorces and other civil legal matters)

www.yellowbook.com

www.people.yahoo.com

www.pacer.uspc.uscourts.gov

If you have Social Security Number see if it's still active or "deactivated" due to death.

Search "obituaries"


Monday, July 3, 2017

Harris County CPS attorneys

Here is a partial list of attorneys that say they do CPS cases.  I know most of them. I would call any of them for a consultation if I had a CPS case.

Remember - if CPS contacts you, IMMEDIATELY hire a CPS attorney to help and guide you on this difficult and tricky process.

Bobbie Young

Rocky LeAnn Pilgrim

Dennis Slate

George Clevenger

Julie Brock

Jetty Abraham

Eric McFerrin

Les Shireman

Beth Arnold Trostad

Barbara Rice Stadler

Hillary Unger

Allette Williams

Thao Tran

Gigi Oglesby

Susan Solis



Or check out www.avvo.com - best FREE website to locate attorneys in your area.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Consult with an attorney BEFORE you do anything!

BEFORE you do anything, please call a lawyer. Pay for an hour of the professional's time. It's so much easier to nip issues in the bud instead of letting an issue grow until it's overwhelming and very expensive to fix.

Many people call me or post on www.avvo.com questions about what they should do.

Over 95% of the time my answer is "consult with an attorney about the facts of your particular case".

I especially encourage people not from Texas or unmarried people to consult with an attorney BEFORE moving in or getting pregnant. Many people are under totally false impressions about the law.

You can actually save a lot of heart-ache and money by learning the law BEFORE making life altering decisions.

Texas bans foreign laws

Here is another excellent Texas law update from Attorney Michelle O'Neil. 

New law goes into effect September 1, 2017.


New Texas law bans application of foreign laws

Texas Governor Abbott signed into law House Bill 45 which states that Texas and U.S. law supersede all other laws.

The law prohibits Texas judges from enforcing or upholding any law or order from another country that infringes upon U.S. and Texas constitutional rights.

The bill shields litigants in family law cases “against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law” under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, federal and judicial precedent, the Texas Family Code, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, among other protections.

The law requires the Texas Supreme Court to adopt rules by January 1, 2018 to enforce the law, but it goes into effect on September 1, 2017.

I’m confident that the purpose the legislature intended was to prevent Islamic marriage contracts from being enforced as prenups in Texas.

It was also designed to derail enforcements of agreements made in a settlement dispute resolution center in Dallas set up by the Islamic church to resolve family law matters.

However, the law is much more broadly worded and may actually have the unintended effect of setting aside a foreign country’s judgment for child support or alimony or parenting time with a child if the foreign law considers a standard that differs from Texas law.

Here’s a link to an article about the new law: http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/16/texas-enacts-anti-sharia-law/

Here’s a link to the Texas Legislature enrolled bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00045F.pdf#navpanes=0

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Legislature made many changes in Texas laws in 2017

The Texas legislature met in spring of 2017 and have made any changes in all aspects of Texas laws.

So you probably need to talk to an attorney about the law now in effect in Texas.

Many laws go into effect as of September 1, 2017, but the legislature is allowed to modify this start date.


No one under 18 can marry in Texas after 9/1/2017

I just heard that a new law goes into effect in Texas on September 1, 2017.

From now on, no one under 18 can marry. That includes even if a parent is giving permission.

The only way to marry is to first emancipate which costs a lot of money. Then once emancipated the former child will be considered an adult and can marry.

Basically, anyone under 18 will no longer be able to get married in Texas.

So if you are under 18 and want to marry do so immediate since ending on August 31, 2017 that option goes away under TX law.


New Texas law on application of foreign laws

Here is another great article written by Michelle O'Neil - she has given me permission to published her outstanding articles on my blog.


Effective in 9/1/2017, New Texas law bans application of foreign laws

Texas Governor Abbott signed into law House Bill 45 which states that Texas and U.S. law supersede all other laws.

The law prohibits Texas judges from enforcing or upholding any law or order from another country that infringes upon U.S. and Texas constitutional rights. The bill shields litigants in family law cases “against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law” under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, federal and judicial precedent, the Texas Family Code, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, among other protections.

The law requires the Texas Supreme Court to adopt rules by January 1, 2018 to enforce the law, but it goes into effect on September 1, 2017.

I’m confident that the purpose the legislature intended was to prevent Islamic marriage contracts from being enforced as prenups in Texas.

It was also designed to derail enforcements of agreements made in a settlement dispute resolution center in Dallas set up by the Islamic church to resolve family law matters.

However, the law is much more broadly worded and may actually have the unintended effect of setting aside a foreign country’s judgment for child support or alimony or parenting time with a child if the foreign law considers a standard that differs from Texas law.

Here’s a link to an article about the new law:
http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/16/texas-enacts-anti-sharia-law/

Here’s a link to the Texas Legislature enrolled bill: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00045F.pdf#navpanes=0

Friday, May 26, 2017

A big thank you to Laura - who answers my phones!

The lovely and talented (and a disabled vet) that answers my business phone (713-847-6000) is Laura.

I hired her because my son-in-law is former military. I wanted to support a former military member that currently has some challenging health issues. So working from home works for her and me.

She's been answering my phones over a year!  We have learned a lot about scheduling. Everything time I think that I've taught her all she needs to know about scheduling a mediation, a new "glitch" shows up! It certainly keeps us on our toes! She is flexible and we both try creative ways to make schedule mediations easier and more efficient.

I purposely hired her because she does not know the law and won't give anyone any legal advice! (Several people have yelled at her but I since I'm on the Unauthorized Practice of Law committee in Houston with the State Bar of Texas I don't want any problems.)

She is a great lady that also an amazing seamstress. She does lots of costumes for events like Ren. Fair. If you need a costume, call her!

She is a mom of 2 girls and is going to be a grand-mother soon.

She tries hard to keep me "organized" and she controls my calendar. She calls my calendar "the bible of Fran" and she keeps with her at all times.

So if you talk to Laura be sure to thank her for her service to our country!