TEXAS SCHOOL BULLYING LAWS

Under Texas law, “bullying” means: 1) engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district and that: has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a.. read more →

TEXAS PASSES NEW TEEN SEXTING LAWS

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a legislative bill[1], which became law on September 1, 2011 decreasing the penalty for teenagers, who are caught ‘sexting’ with each other, to a misdemeanor. Prior to the passage of the new sexting laws, juveniles caught sexting could face felony charges and wind up as a registered sex offender. Under.. read more →

DWI?!?! BUT I WASN’T DRINKING!

Yes, you could be charged and convicted of Driving While Intoxicated for taking regularly prescribed medications and even over the counter medications, whose side effects happen to make you “intoxicated” – even with zero alcohol in your system. The Texas Penal Code in Section 49.04 reads: DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED.  (a)  A person commits an offense.. read more →

ARE WE MARRIED OR AREN’T WE?

What exactly is common law marriage in Texas? There are many misconceptions about common-law marriage.  This issue usually comes up when either: 1) the parties want to go their separate ways; or 2) one of the parties has died and the surviving person wants the “spousal” benefits. In Texas, there is a three-part test to.. read more →

COLLABORATIVE LAW

Are you going through a divorce or considering a divorce? If so, you should be aware of the options available to resolve the issues that surround divorce. Recently, Texas passed a law that provides an alternative to the traditional courtdivorce process. This new process is known as collaborative law. How is collaborative law different? Collaborative.. read more →

TEXAS LEGISLATURE PASSES NEW LAWS IMPACTING HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATIONS

Several new laws were recently passed by the Texas legislature regarding homeowners’ associations (HOAs).  The last of these provisions became law on January 1, 2012. While many HOAs serve a very good purpose – keeping our neighborhoods nice and home values where we want them, many Texas homeowners had been complaining publicly about widespread HOA.. read more →