Wednesday, January 8, 2014

State Bar Releases Updated "How to Sue in Justice Court" Handbook

The State Bar of Texas, as part of their public outreach mission, maintains guides for non-lawyers. One such guide is their "How to Sue in Justice Court" handbook. It was recently updated to account for changes that went into effect on August 31, 2013. If you have a dispute with an amount in controversy that is less than $10,000.00 you may be able to resolve the claim in Justice Court without the assistance of an attorney. If you're unsure whether your claim belongs in Justice Court it's best to seek legal advice.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

We wish you all a Happy New Year. Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Beware of Loan Modifications

The Texas Bar publishes a pamphlet intended to make consumers aware of potential pitfalls when considering loan modifications. Consider reading it before you go down the road of applying for one yourself. As always, if the pamphlet raises any questions do not hesitate to call and ask questions before you sign any such agreement. You're in a better position to avoid the pitfalls if you ask before you sign.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Port Neches Chamber of Commerce - Business of the Month

The Monk Law Firm is featured as the business of the month for the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce for December.  We have an open door policy so feel free to drop by and visit!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Social Media

Attorney-client privilege issues prevent attorneys from giving the case specific information that might draw new clients to your particular brand of legal service. Maintaining confidentiality is one of an attorney's highest priorities. Our firm recently created a presence on Google+ so that we can easily share the articles and other web snippets that may be of interest to our clients and colleagues. You can find us hereRest assured, any presence in social media will not compromise our desire to maintain the duty of confidentiality we owe to our clients.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy Veteran's Day from The Monk Law Firm! We will be volunteering at The Veteran's Clinic in February, but for those that need assistance sooner than that there is a clinic tomorrow. The details are as follows:

. November 12 (Saturday after Veteran's Day) from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at
Lamar University Montagne Center Cardinal Club Room in Beaumont, TX.

. February 11, 2012 (Saturday) from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Orange, Texas
(location TBD).

For those of you that may not be familiar with the veterans initiative, it
is a State Bar of Texas program developed to assist pro bono legal clinics
throughout the state for military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do
not have access to the legal services they need.  The JCBA, as a group of
lawyers, must ensure that the protectors of our justice system have full
access to it.  

The volunteer attorneys will answer basic legal questions on topics ranging
from consumer law, bankruptcy, landlord tenant, criminal matters, family law
matters, disability and VA claims.  For those that actually need legal
representation, we will qualify them for pro bono legal services or refer
them to lawyers who have agreed to represent them at a reduced rate.

Friday, September 30, 2011

What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

In Texas, if you pass away without a will there are laws that specify how your property will pass. These laws may not be consistent with what you want to have happen to your property. The only way to make sure your wishes are carried out is to plan ahead.

Having a will does not eliminate the need for probate in most cases, but it does make the probate process much less expensive for your heirs.

Wills also eliminate disputes among family members if properly drafted. They take the decision out of the hands of the heirs and spell your wishes out in black and white. The goal is to leave no room for debate.