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Recent Case Helps Protect Undocumented Survivors of Abuse

By Elizabeth Tran, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Last year I attended the 20th Annual Texas Bar College Summer School CLE at Moody Gardens. During an expansive review by Cindy Tisdale on new caselaw affecting family matters, one case, Turrubiartes v. Olvera, stood out to me the most. It addressed issues that quite often come up in… Continue reading Recent Case Helps Protect Undocumented Survivors of Abuse

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LSLA Client Gets Second Chance with Order of Nondisclosure

By Clarissa Ayala, Lone Star Legal Aid Although 17-year-olds in Texas cannot vote, buy cigarettes, serve on a jury, join the military, or enter into a binding contract, they can be charged as adults in criminal matters and even sent to prison. In high school, Irene Andrews was the victim of bullying. At 17, she… Continue reading LSLA Client Gets Second Chance with Order of Nondisclosure

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Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Tool for Self-Determination and Advocacy for People with Serious Mental Illness

By Julie Balovich, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid When people think of advance directives, they usually think of medical and financial powers of attorney. These are important planning documents that allow individuals to choose proxies and make decisions for themselves in the event that they are incapable to do so. Less well known is the psychiatric… Continue reading Psychiatric Advance Directives: A Tool for Self-Determination and Advocacy for People with Serious Mental Illness

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LANWT and TLSC Help Former Renters Fight for Meaningful Ownership of Homes

by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and Texas Legal Services Center As a Dallas-area real estate broker calls the terms of a real estate contract, “sloppy, contradictory, and ridiculously unfair,” Julian Campos simply wants to remain at and become the owner of the place he has called home for more than 15 years. “It’s always… Continue reading LANWT and TLSC Help Former Renters Fight for Meaningful Ownership of Homes