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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Texas on
Q: My daughter was falsely accused of a crime she didn't commit and the case was on going for years everything was recent

Her case was eventually dropped but in the minx of everything she lost her job her home was incarcerated for no reason and I need help suing bexar county ..

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

You do not have a lawsuit that is likely to be successful against Bexar County. If a person other than a law enforcement officer filed a complaint that resulted in the criminal accusation being filed against your daughter, you may have a possible for malicious prosecution against that individual... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I was sued for divorce in Jan 2023. I retained an attorney who failed to get a continuance granted, and I lost all righ

She attempted suicide 12/23/23. Woke up and bit my abdomen, an agg assault I have not supplemented the report with. She destroyed our 2700sf home in front of my 16yo daughter and 19 yo son, as well as our then 1.5yo.. she smashed glass all over the tiled floors and my daughter’s bathtub. She... View More

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

It is unclear what your question is. With the exception of a legislative continuance (which would not apply in December 2023), continuances are usually within the sound discretion of the trial judge. In my experience, most trial judges are more likely to grant a trial continuance if the case has... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: If my ex husband is doing what is required from the divorce, what can I do and who do I go to?

He’s NOT doing what he’s supposed to. Is there anything as far as penalties?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 13, 2024

Yes. You should contact your divorce lawyer to file a motion to enforce, motion to clarify, motion for contempt, or suit for indemnity depending on what it is your ex-husband is not doing that he was ordered to do. Possible outcomes depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your case and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Late fee and unpaid sales commissions

Hi. As a freelancer in TX, client in AZ was chronically late needing numerous reminders for every invoice(12mo consecutively - except for the first)

For one invoice I added a 10%/mo late fee. Client eventually paid the invoice late, yet now months later he is ignoring the late fee. By... View More

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

The act of paying the principle amount of an invoice, but not the late fee, when you unilaterally added a late fee to the invoice without the client's agreement does not create a contract pursuant to which the client agreed to pay a 10% late fee. Under the Texas Finance Code, an unpaid amount... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Texas on
Q: When should one contact a lawyer if a patient injusttice was done? What needs done before contacting a lawyer?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 17, 2023

"Patient injustice" is a somewhat vague expression. If you believe that someone has violated a legal duty to you as a patient and that such violation caused you to incur compensatory damages (e.g. lost wages, additional medical expense, other out-of-pocket expenses, etc.), you should... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: I'm being listed as a witness for my domestic partners ex wife. Do I need a lawyer, can they do this, my options?

My domestic partner is divorced for the last 6 years. The divorce was based on her inability to be in a partnership with her controlling and narcissist behaviors (i.e., she had him pull away from his own family for several years). When they had their child after a decade of trying she continued... View More

Elisa  Reiter
Elisa Reiter
answered on Aug 17, 2023

Your domestic partner is presumably represented by counsel, as is the child's mother.

You should retain counsel. Neither of the parties' attorneys will represent you, nor your interests in the case.

You should count on a "woodshedding" session with your...
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Q: Hi I have a question if I can proof that they took my daughter on 07/07/2020 but a court papers said 07/08/2020 (lies)

Is it lies for them to say that and on 07/09/2020 they had already took my rights always from my daughter when I didnt even get no court papers for classes or a far investigation they came and took my daughter with out court papers on the 07/06/2020 what ever they said in this document were lies I... View More

Elisa  Reiter
Elisa Reiter
answered on Aug 2, 2023

Is Child Protective Services involved? Did a judge rule that someone else should have temporary custody? If CPS is involved, you likely will be asked to complete a Service Plan or Parenting Plan. That could involve submitting to a psychological evaluation, as well as counseling and parenting... View More

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Q: Hi I have a question if I can proof that they took my daughter on 07/07/2020 but a court papers said 07/08/2020 (lies)

Is it lies for them to say that and on 07/09/2020 they had already took my rights always from my daughter when I didnt even get no court papers for classes or a far investigation they came and took my daughter with out court papers on the 07/06/2020 what ever they said in this document were lies I... View More

Elisa  Reiter
Elisa Reiter
answered on Aug 7, 2023

While the dates provided may be fodder for cross examination, any mistakes may not be deemed substantive by the trial court, presuming that a case has been filed. In terms of posting to social media -- you certainly have the first amendment right of freedom of expression. However, our courts are... View More

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Q: Hi I have a question if I can proof that they took my daughter on 07/07/2020 but a court papers said 07/08/2020 (lies)

Is it lies for them to say that and on 07/09/2020 they had already took my rights always from my daughter when I didnt even get no court papers for classes or a far investigation they came and took my daughter with out court papers on the 07/06/2020 what ever they said in this document were lies I... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 1, 2023

It could be lies or it could be simply a mistake in the dates. Your best strategy is to hire an attorney experienced in the area of family law in or near the county where you and your daughter were living when she was taken. Usually, when a child is taken into custody by the State, she would be... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Native American Law for Texas on
Q: Hello I'm looking for an attorney that I will assist me in fighting back a predatory lender tribal law attorney.

Can you please gave someone to call me 832.326.6476 I took out a loan for 1500 and now I'm paying 7000 back ridiculous. Any help you can give would be appreciated. It has to be illegal in Texas. How do I fight these people and not have my credit score or be legally sued. Can you assist me in... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2023

You may also want to contact the National Association of Consumer Advocates, which is an organization of attorneys and consumer advocates who specialize in protecting the rights of consumers against unfair or abusive lending practices. Their website is https://www.consumeradvocates.org/

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Divorce for Texas on
Q: Divorce mediation was ordered by Judge but I can’t afford to pay for my mediation

Judge stated I had money in my 401k and for me to pay for mediation from that account. The rules for loans from 401k don’t allow me to use the funds. What legal repercussions are there for not being able to afford mediation?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 6, 2022

In almost all situations, an employee can make an early withdrawal from their 401k plan to pay a mediation fee in a pending divorce case. It happens all the time.

Good luck trying to prove your 401k plan will not allow you to make an early withdrawal under such circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Probate for Texas on
Q: My half-brother passed away with assets in a Trust. I feel like the family has not been honest with us. Please help.

The Trust contained his home, a couple IRA accounts (they informed us of these), and a parcel of land that is leased out. His home is still listed under the Trust. We found it named in property tax records. We don't know who holds the Trust and we don't know if the Trust was amended after... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 3, 2022

It sounds like the attorney stopped communicating with you because he has a conflict of interest. If the attorney previously performed legal services for your half-brother related to the trust, he quite likely does have such a conflict and should not communicate with you.

You should hire...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: A tax firm asks me to sign the Binding Arbitration form to petition the property tax. Will there be a problem later?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Only if you don't want to arbitrate any future dispute you may have with the tax firm. With very few exceptions, arbitration agreements are enforceable.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Texas on
Q: How do my wife and I as managing conservators act on a final order and enforce an agreed upon action?

My wife and I are joint managing conservators of our nephew. My brother is the non custodial parent with possessory conservatorship. We make all the decisions and care for him and my brother gets visitation and gets to be informed of what is going on with his son. We are in this situation because... View More

Emily Daniell
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Emily Daniell
answered on Oct 18, 2022

The answer to your question will be heavily dependent upon the language in the order. Some orders will spell out what happens if a drug test is refused (it’s often treated as a positive), and will clarify possession terms based upon testing. I would encourage you to read the order carefully and... View More

Q: If you're old employer lies in a workmanc comp hearing can you sue for deformation ? He committed perjury.

"I am currently seeking legal representation to address the egregious actions taken against me by Robbins Chevrolet. This includes filing a lawsuit against them for the perjury committed during two hearings, defamation of character, and any other legal avenues available to seek justice for the... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 26, 2024

Generally speaking, statements made during the course of judicial or administrative proceedings are subject to the affirmative defense of absolute privilege in any subsequent defamation proceeding. That means such statements cannot provide an avenue for a claim for damages.

If your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: What legal weight do I have should a business ownership dispute require legal mediation?

My partner and I share 50/50 of a business we just started. We are mere weeks away from our first sale and now his wife wants 4% ownership of the company, which they both expect me to give up 2% to her because she came up with the idea. In the beginning she said she didn't want to be an owner,... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 19, 2024

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. But this may be a difficult question for any attorney to answer in the brief format of this Q & A forum. If you reached out to attorneys, it's likely that instead of a quick yes or no answer, law firms would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Texas on
Q: I have EEOC mediation in San Antonio TX can I delegate this to an attorney
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 28, 2023

A Texas attorney could advise best, but you posted a day ago and your post may not be seen by employment law attorneys, since it is only posted under Arbitration/Mediation. To avoid losing valuable time in getting guidance, you could add Employment Law and repost. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Divorce for Texas on
Q: Going thru a divorce in TX. The judge issued a Level 2 Discovery. Opposing attorney has yet to comply. What can I do?

The Discovery was the exchanging of appraisal lists within 30 days. It has been 45 days and I have yet to receive any documents from exs attorney. I wanted to know what I could do since I’m unable to retain an attorney. Just wanted some guidance and I know I need an attorney but I don’t... View More

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Dec 6, 2022

File a Motion to Compel the missing discovery,

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I have a friend who needs legal representation for a insurance claim matter
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 30, 2022

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Attorneys here can't reach out to solicit your friend's matter. The format here is only question and answer, not attorney referral. But the closest thing here is the Find-a-Lawyer tab above. Your friend could... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: husband rescheduled mediation for 6/22. I can't wait that long due to health issues/ins. How do I ask courts sooner date

Filed 3/18/22 in Montgomery County. Texas. He is removing me from insurance, I am a double transplant survivor and cannot be without health insurance. He says come June 1st I will no longer have health insurance and will not add me unless ordered by the courts. No lawyer, I am not able to work due... View More

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jun 1, 2022

You need to have your family let you borrow money so you can retain a lawyer,

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