How Attorneys May Withdraw Without a Hearing in Collin County

1.    Draft your motion to withdraw, including all of the information required by TRCP 10.

2.     Draft a letter to your client that contains the information required by Collin County Local Rule 4.3.  Sample letter: Continue reading How Attorneys May Withdraw Without a Hearing in Collin County

Wiretapping & Data Interception in Civil and Family Law Cases

Wiretapping & Data Interception in Civil and Family Law Cases

Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, October 2015

by Hon. Emily Miskel

Civil and family law attorneys are increasingly confronted with situations where a client’s information has been improperly accessed or where a client has obtained information improperly. The laws relating to interception of communications and electronic data are a confusing web of state and federal statutes, which can include harsh penalties and damages for clients. These laws can also create personal criminal and financial liability for lawyers.

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Don’t Hack Me Bro: Social Media, Wiretapping, and Intercepted Evidence in Family Law

DON’T HACK ME BRO:
SOCIAL MEDIA, WIRETAPPING, AND INTERCEPTED EVIDENCE IN FAMILY LAW

State Bar of Texas
FAMILY LAW TECHNOLOGY 360:
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR YOUR 21ST CENTURY PRACTICE

December 4-5, 2014
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Does ‘Sperm Donor’ Mean ‘Dad’?

The Jason-Patric-assisted-reproduction story has been in the news, and earlier this week, the New York Times did a lengthy story on it.

The actor Jason Patric dated Danielle Schreiber on and off for many years. During a time when they were “off” but friendly, they agreed to use his sperm so that she could have a child, Gus. After Gus was born, they reconciled, and then eventually broke up when Gus was about two years old. Jason sued for custody, while Danielle claimed he was merely a sperm donor with no parental rights.

In a similar Texas case, In re Sullivan, an unmarried man and woman agreed to conceive a child through assisted reproduction, and signed a “co-parenting agreement.”  When the man later tried to claim parental rights, the woman moved to dismiss his case because a donor is not a parent under Texas law.  Continue reading Does ‘Sperm Donor’ Mean ‘Dad’?