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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Can I switch Jurisdiction to my County now, same State, at the time but now she moved out of State? (been a year)

Filed for visitation in my County but it got transferred to her County. During the process she moved out of State for no reason at all. I want my County to have Jurisdiction now. She has residence in the other state now.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 20, 2024

Jurisdiction and venue are established at the time a lawsuit is filed. The only way to make a change after a lawsuit has been filed is to dismiss the pending lawsuit and refile a new lawsuit in a court with jurisdiction and venue. In most "visitation" matters, the state and county with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I need help filing a lawsuit against Texas border town sheriffs department, prison system, Del Rio police department

I’m being charged with smuggling of people when I drove a friend to eagle pass to pick up what I thought was his nephew. There was never talk of money to be exchanged or anything . A sheriff in a truck out of the blue and tail my car with his bright lights on never the police lights. My gps... View More

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answered on May 19, 2024

It sounds like you’ve experienced a troubling and complex situation with multiple law enforcement agencies. To pursue a lawsuit, it's important to gather all evidence and documentation related to the incident, including any police reports, witness statements, and any communication records.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: What type of Lawyer do I need to sue someone who has taken property that does not belong to them in Texas?

I'll keep this short as possible. Divorced a woman that I did not have children with but I had my own children. During the course of the divorce, she was granted sole exclusive use of the house and I was not. During that time her and her family liquidated my adult children's assets (who... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 16, 2024

Because your children are adults, they will need to hire an attorney, not you. An attorney with experience in civil litigation in or near the county where the property was taken ought to be able to file a lawsuit for conversion and under the Texas Theft Liability Act. Because of the nature of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Probate for Texas on
Q: Writ of possession/probate

How does writ of possession pertain to probate no landlord tenant

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answered on May 15, 2024

A Writ of Possession is where the Court instructs the Sheriff to give possession of a property or apartment to someone, who has a newly granted legal right to possession of the property. Example, is when an heir (son of deceased), has received an Order or decision of a Probate Court, naming him as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Is this Blackmail/Extortion? Or do I need to pay?

When I moved in with my ex, she paid the first months rent and security deposit. We broke up and she moved out before our lease term was finished, and she was removed from the lease. It is now my current Fiance and I who are on the lease, but my Ex just contacted me saying that if I don’t pay her... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 6, 2024

Normally, when a tenant leaves with the consent of the landlord, the tenant is entitled to a refund of her security deposit, along with a statement and list of any itemized deductions, within thirty days of surrendering possession of the premises. Since she was removed from the lease and replaced... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Hi there,I was wondering if somehody could determine the likely outcome for this scenario.

A university or professor sues a student for posting a test onto a course sharing website for copyright infringement. During the proceeding, the professor or university wants to subpoena the identity of the poster and viewers of the test that poster posted; would this subpoena be granted? Would it... View More

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answered on May 4, 2024

In the context of a civil lawsuit, a Subpoena for the production of documents is only needed if the intended recipient of the Subpoena is NOT a party to the lawsuit. Otherwise, if the documents are being sought from a party to the case, then a Request for Production of Documents would instead be... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: What can I do about a company branding my unique name on their product and it is causing very bad problems for me?

My name is very unique. I can't look me up anymore. Credit bureaus can't verify me. When I try to look my name up it is now under my parents name as an alias and only shows my 2 siblings.

Sean Goodwin
Sean Goodwin
answered on Apr 30, 2024

Under trademark law, no one can register a trademark with a person's surname (i.e., last name). Companies can still use a name as a trademark/brand and simply not apply for federal or state trademark registration. If a first name is unique, then it might fall under the trademark category... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: What can I do about a company branding my unique name on their product and it is causing very bad problems for me?

My name is very unique. I can't look me up anymore. Credit bureaus can't verify me. When I try to look my name up it is now under my parents name as an alias and only shows my 2 siblings.

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answered on May 1, 2024

If a company is using your unique name on their product, and it's causing significant problems for you, there are several steps you can take. First, consider reaching out to the company directly to express your concerns and the specific issues their use of your name is causing. A respectful... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Should I file a motion to deny the continuance request filed by the Debt collector suing me due to false information?

Court is set for May 10 at the Justice of Peace precinct in my county. The copy of the continuance request I received states it is due to them not receiving an answer to the summons and wanting to prepare paperwork for a default judgement instead. They requested it be set back 60 days but I did... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 24, 2024

You should file a Response to the Motion for Continuance stating that you did properly file your answer with the justice of the peace court and attach a file-marked copy of your answer as an exhibit to your Response. Unless there are other factors at play, I would state that you are ready to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: How can I protect my domain name and website from creditors?
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answered on Apr 10, 2024

Attempting to hide or protect assets when facing debts or legal judgments could be considered fraudulent in many cases. The ethical and legal course of action is to pay valid debts that are owed.

If you are facing financial hardship, I would suggest speaking with a certified credit...
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2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Family Law, Legal Malpractice and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I need a lawyer to represent me suing my family attroney for malpractice

My family lawyer abandoned me right before the hearing I filed a complaint with Texas Bar he is under investigation I also sued him in Distract court as pro se need a lawyer to take over the case and represent me. I have a strong case and also have a witness who witnessed my lawyer abandoned me and... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 10, 2024

You need to look for a competent attorney in or near the county where the hearing was held experienced in the area of legal malpractice. I often handle cases of this nature. My rate of $500 per hour is reasonable and customary in the North Texas area, and if the amount of damages caused by your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Elder Law and Libel & Slander for Texas on
Q: How do I find lawyers to sue local MLS and big RE agency, who demand fee from me to disparage my premier property?

Recent national class-action success against these providers is probative as admission but of no avail to my class or me individually, with unique and actual damages worth $350,000 plus treble that amount for DTPA violations.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 9, 2024

You should search in Justia for a lawyer in or near the county where your property is located with experience in real estate litigation and perhaps defamation cases depending upon what you mean by "disparaging" your property.

Unlike other types of cases--especially personal...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: After occupants of a stopped vehicle are cleared can an officer force you out of your car randomly?

We, my wife, & myself were headed back to Texas A&M Veterinary emergency clinic with our dog who suffered a shotgun blast point blank range to the face and needed extensive reconstructive surgeries because his wounds became seriously infected.

Exiting Hwy 105 onto Texas Ave going... View More

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answered on Apr 8, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that the officers initially had a valid reason to conduct a traffic stop due to the anonymous report of speeding and swerving. Once they had checked your identification and vehicle documents and cleared you of any warrants or suspicious activity, they... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: What type of attorney do I need to sue my deceased sons landlord for letting my daughter go in and steal his assets

I'm in texas. My son lived 7 hours away. Landord allowed her to remove assets when I told him his father and I would be in following day. I explained I was next of kin.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

In Texas, for a situation involving the mishandling of a deceased person's property, you may want to consult with an attorney experienced in estate law or probate law. These attorneys handle cases related to the distribution of a deceased individual's assets and can help navigate the... View More

Q: What type of attorney do I need to file law suits on those who illegally and knowingly let another assume my nok rights

I want to make the parties involved accountable for the pain and suffering im living day to day after my sons death. I spoke to all parties..i signed release of body for cremation yet they let another person step in and

assume my role. They then told all parties not to speak to me or... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In a situation like yours, where you're dealing with issues around next of kin rights and the legal aftermath of a loved one's death, you would benefit from consulting with an attorney who has experience in family law and estate matters. This type of lawyer can help you navigate the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: can I with hold payment from a company, if they refuse to give me an itemized bill when requested for a service?

I had a water mitigation company come out tear down a very small portion of my ceiling, and had a few fans and 2 dehumidifiers running for four and half days, they are charging me $8K+ for the work, which I believe is outrageous, so I have repeatedly asked for an Itemized invoice, they have claimed... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 21, 2024

Unless your agreement with the water restoration company specifies that payment is conditioned upon receipt of a detailed itemized invoice, an itemized invoice is not a condition precedent to your obligation to pay for the service rendered.

In most situations like yours involving small...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: What information can I subpoena in a case?

I am a professor at a large public university; I recently discovered my materials were posted on to a course sharing website without my permission. If this website is DMCA-compliant, can I still sue the person who uploaded the materials even if the set has been taken down? Additionally, if I take... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 20, 2024

You can subpoena information that is relevant or reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. The person or organization receiving the subpoena can move to quash it if the discovery sought is not reasonably proportionate to the needs of the case, is privileged, is... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Collections for Texas on
Q: I just got served in a civil action lawsuit against a company I'm an independent contractor for, and have no ownership

The Civil Action Lawsuite is against Fresh Central Trading LLC., it names its President and Owner A.G., and also then names me. When I read the documents it states that I'm an owner and officer of the company and I'm just an independent contractor from Canada who is here on a TN Visa... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 19, 2024

If you are named as a party in the lawsuit, you have less than three weeks from when you were served to hire an attorney to file an answer on your behalf to the lawsuit. (In Texas state court, your answer must be filed no later than the first Monday following the expiration of twenty days from the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: What is the utma law when it comes to a death by deed and how does it apply

Because when I did the death by deed for my father for my son to get it the property we were both under the impression he would not get it till he's 21 because of the utma law but I'm told recently that does not apply.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 12, 2024

In Texas, a minor can own property. A "transfer on death" deed (TODD) vests title in real property in the grantee upon the death of the grantor. The grantee's age is not a factor. So, for example, if your father owns a house, he could execute a TODD to your son that would transfer... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: What is the utma law when it comes to a death by deed and how does it apply

Because when I did the death by deed for my father for my son to get it the property we were both under the impression he would not get it till he's 21 because of the utma law but I'm told recently that does not apply.

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

The UTMA, or Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, facilitates the transfer of assets, including real estate, to minors without the need for a formal trust. Generally, this law allows minors to receive gifts or transfers of property through a custodian until they reach the age of majority, which varies... View More

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