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It is common to feel like you’re in over your head the first time you encounter the legal world. It can be intimidating. We can fix that. Our job is to help you find solutions.

Family Law

If you are considering a divorce or custody suit, or if you have recently been served with legal papers, it is critically important that you understand your rights and obligations.

Texas is no fault divorce state, which means that a divorce can be granted without either spouse alleging wrong doing. Even if your spouse doesn’t agree to the divorce, a divorce will be granted. However, there are important considerations involving custody of children, debts and property that must be dealt with during a divorce.

Just because Texas is a no fault divorce state doesn’t mean that “fault” factors such as domestic violence, cruelty, abandonment, or adultery are not important. Fault factors can influence both property division and custody of the children.

To help you understand your assets and debts, to determine whether you are eligible for spousal support and to address custody issues, we will need to meet with you in order to develop an overall picture of your situation.

The non-profit website www.texaslawhelp.org is a source of good, basic information about Texas family law and we encourage you to review this site prior to meeting with an attorney.

Wills

Everyone should have a will, especially if you have children or grandchildren.

A will protects your family. If you have kids younger than 18 years old, a will lets you designate a guardian for them. It’s like owning a fire extinguisher: almost no one will ever use it, but everyone with kids should have one. A will also lets you pick your heirs, and make decisions like ensuring your grandchildren to spend their inheritance on college or that your family heirlooms to go to the right place.

A will gives you peace of mind. Once you have a will, it’ll be around unless you change it. No matter how long you live, you will have the comfort of knowing it is there to protect your family. If you have children or grandchildren, then the time for a will is now.

A will saves your family money. In short, if you pass without a will, it will cost your family a lot more money to settle your estate. A will makes the probate process much less expensive. It also eases a family’s burden because the process becomes much faster to complete.

We can help you quickly and easily craft a will that you can stick with for decades.

Probate

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. It creates both emotional and practical challenges. One of those challenges is navigating the probate court system.

Probate court is difficult to avoid. If your loved one had a will, you normally must go to court to finalize the distribution of property described in the will. If they did not have a will (i.e. they were intestate) then you must still go to court so it may officially identify your loved one’s heirs. Either way, it can be a difficult process for families while they handle all the other parts of settling their loved one’s affairs.

Let us help. We have a depth of experience guiding families through probate court. You need one less thing to worry about — let us take this weight off your mind.

Arrest

If you are reading this, it is probably because you were arrested and charged with a crime. I bet you were more suprised than anyone, and never believed you would be in this position. You’re not alone – more people have had to deal with common charges like DWI, possession of marijuana, and similar issues than you may realize.

The criminal justice system is intimidating. If you find yourself charged with a crime, you need someone who cares about you and understands the system. You owe it to yourself and your family to treat a criminal charge seriously. The system is not built to be easy, and the outcome of even minor charges can affect the rest of your life.

You deserve to have an attorney who will meet with you and explain what you’re up again. They should closely review any evidence the state has gathered, and vigorously advocate on your behalf,both before and during trial. At Dietz, Lawrence and McGiverin, we will fight for you. You don’t deserve any less.