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Could a Parenting Coordinator or Facilitator Be Right for Your Family?, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Elayna Naftis Erick. Any parent going through divorce knows that the natural challenges that come with parenting are multiplied many times over when you’re going through a divorce. Every decision — from the profound to the mundane — must be hashed out with someone with whom you may not be on the friendliest of terms. That’s why, in 2005, the Texas Legislature added new roles to the Texas Family Code: the parenting coordinator and parenting facilitator. Family lawyer Elayna Naftis Erick explains what parenting coordinators and facilitators are, and how they play a role in divorce and custody proceedings.

How a Buy/Sell Agreement Can Protect Your Business from a Disgruntled Ex-Spouse, by The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson’s Carol Wilson. Owners of a multi-owner business (or anyone married to one) will want to acquaint themselves with Buy/Sell Agreements because they are a bit like the business equivalent of a premarital agreement: they spell out what happens to the married partner’s ownership interest in the event of a divorce. Family lawyer Carol Wilson explains why this is an agreement of interest for couples to consider far before embarking on divorce.

Filing a Sexual Harassment Claim in Texas Just Got Easier, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Neal Bridges. As of September 1, two new laws that stand to dramatically affect victims of workplace sexual harassment went into effect: Texas SB 45 and HB 21. In this post, employee advocate Neal Bridges takes a brief look at these recent changes in comparison to the former laws, and how they could improve access to justice for workers.

The White Collar Defense Report® | August 2021 News Roundup, by The Law Offices of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr.’s Dan Guthrie. This month’s issue includes convicted Texas fraudsters, Panamanian drug traffickers, and Nigerian money launderers. White collar defense attorney Dan C Guthrie, Jr. has the details.

Questions I WISH My Clients Would Ask Me, by The Law Office of Carol A. Wilson’s Carol Wilson. Following a blog post from the previous month on her FAQs, family law attorney Carol Wilson wrote a post on the top three questions she makes a point of answering for every client, whether they ask them or not.

Jackson Spencer Law Welcomes Three New Attorneys, via Jackson Spencer Law. As demand for our employee-focused legal services has grown, the Jackson Spencer Law team is excited to welcome three new attorneys: Associates Sara Barfield and Nikki Britten, and Senior Counsel Ron Woessner. All three bring interesting career backgrounds to their work as employee advocates.

Tech and Tabla Talents: A Q&A with Shiv Naimpally, via Grable Martin Fulton. Grable Martin Fulton’s new patent attorney, Shiv Naimpally, offers a free one-hour consultation with any potential client to determine if they have something worth pursuing. This level of consideration is also evident in his patent applications. Shiv prefers to add as much information as possible, having found that seemingly minor details can make the difference between an approval and a rejection. In this post, Shiv discusses his passion for patent law, as well as his passion for tabla, East Indian percussion.

The Devil’s in the Details — The Significance of Your Contract’s Fine Print, by Rachel Luna Law’s Rachel Luna. Many people enter contracts on behalf of their business without paying too much attention to much of the language in the agreement they are signing. A typical contract review focuses on particulars related to the deal—for example, the price, the date for performance, and the services, products, or materials purchased. Often, the general terms and conditions (“GTCs”) of the agreement are quickly examined or overlooked completely; small business attorney Rachel Luna explains why this could become a problem.

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ERCOT and Winter Storm Uri: What Happened, the Litigation Impact and What’s Next, by The Castañeda Firm’s Chrysta Castañeda and Britta Erin Stanton. The Texas energy grid crisis in Feb. 2021 resulted in extended power outages for millions of Texans, triggering a chain of events that resulted in significant loss of property and life and as much as trillions of dollars changing hands. In this post, originally published by The Texas Lawbook, energy attorneys Chrysta Castañeda and Britta Erin Stanton discuss how this happened and where we are now.

What Employers Need to Know About New Texas Sexual Harassment Laws, by Clouse Brown’s Alyson Brown. Significant changes to the Texas Labor Code regarding sexual harassment become effective Sept. 1. These new provisions particularly impact smaller employers who were previously excluded from the definition of “employer” in the Texas Labor Code. In addition, the new statute identifies situations in which individuals, including managers, company owners, and HR professionals, can be sued and found liable for sexual harassment. Employment attorney Alyson Brown has the details business executives and owners need to know.

The White Collar Defense Report® | July 2021 News Roundup, by The Law Offices of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr.’s Dan Guthrie. Health care fraud investigations and prosecutions are on the rise, and scrutiny of health professionals can lead to career-ending charges, writes white collar defense attorney Dan C. Guthrie, Jr. In his monthly rundown of the DOJ’s prosecution priorities, Dan is shifting the spotlight to health care scams and cautions health professionals to keep careful records.

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