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Kimberly Vermillion Wright Lawyer

Kimberly Vermillion Wright

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Wills & Probate

I am an experienced litigator and advocate. My direct approach and prompt communication have earned me the trust of my clients and the respect of my p... (more)

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Gregory Sinclair Beane Lawyer

Gregory Sinclair Beane

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Divorce, Child Custody, Alimony & Spousal Support, Collaborative Law, Prenuptial Agreements

Every family law matter, just like every person, is different. As such, Greg Beane provides each client with personalized attention throughout each s... (more)

Ben Morton Barton Lawyer

Ben Morton Barton

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Divorce & Family Law, Juvenile Law, Wills & Probate, Personal Injury

Attorney Barton is a practicing lawyer in the state of Texas.

Andrew Vincent Howard Lawyer

Andrew Vincent Howard

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Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal

Andrew Howard is a practicing attorney in the state of Texas specializing in Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law, and Criminal Defense. Mr. Howard... (more)

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Carin Paris Evans

International Other, Family Law
Jeffrey Owen Anderson Lawyer

Jeffrey Owen Anderson

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Divorce & Family Law, Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support

Professional, yet approachable. Confident, yet easygoing. I will tenaciously represent you with honesty, integrity and empathy. I come from a family o... (more)

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Charles H. Robertson

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support

Charles Robertson earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University, is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specializat... (more)

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Julie E. Johnson

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Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Back, Neck Bone and Joint Injuries

Dallas personal injury attorney Julie Johnson has handled thousands of cases since 1991. Her Dallas-based practice – the Law Office of Julie Johnson... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

STEPCHILD

A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological ... (more...)
A child born to your spouse before your marriage whom you have not legally adopted. If you adopt the child, he or she is legally treated just like a biological offspring. Under the Uniform Probate Code, followed in some states, a stepchild belongs in the same class as a biological child and will inherit property left 'to my children.' In other states, a stepchild is not treated like a biological child unless he or she can prove that the parental relationship was established when he or she was a minor and that adoption would have occurred but for some legal obstacle.

CASE

A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, 'I filed my small claims case.' 'Case' also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appe... (more...)
A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, 'I filed my small claims case.' 'Case' also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appellate case, a panel of judges. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion is commonly referred to as the Roe v. Wade case. Finally, the term also describes the evidence a party submits in support of her position -- for example, 'I have made my case' or ''My case-in-chief' has been completed.'

ACKNOWLEDGED FATHER

The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and t... (more...)
The biological father of a child born to an unmarried couple who has been established as the father either by his admission or by an agreement between him and the child's mother. An acknowledged father must pay child support.

JOINT CUSTODY

An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a... (more...)
An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a say in decisions affecting the child) joint physical custody (in which the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents) or, very rarely, both.

DIVORCE

The legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when that spouse files the divorce papers wit... (more...)
The legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when that spouse files the divorce papers with the court. These reasons are referred to as grounds for a divorce.

CONSUMMATION

The actualization of a marriage. Sexual intercourse is required to 'consummate' a marriage. Failure to do so is grounds for divorce or annulment.

ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE

Something on a piece of property that attracts children but also endangers their safety. For example, unfenced swimming pools, open pits, farm equipment and aba... (more...)
Something on a piece of property that attracts children but also endangers their safety. For example, unfenced swimming pools, open pits, farm equipment and abandoned refrigerators have all qualified as attractive nuisances.

GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE

Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guar... (more...)
Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guardian of the estate may also be called a 'property guardian' or 'financial guardian.' See also guardian.

STIRPES

A term used in wills that refers to descendants of a common ancestor or branch of a family.