Tessmer Tips

  • Child Custody in Texas

    Typically, parents who are divorcing in Texas are appointed as Joint Managing Conservators of the children.  This means that both parents have specific rights and duties when it comes to the children.  These rights and duties include: physical possession of the child, directing the moral......

  • Child Support in Texas – How Is It Calculated?

    Parents have the duty to support their child, which includes providing the child with clothing, food, medical and dental care, shelter, and education. This duty to support is not limited to providing only the bare necessities. The duty to support is imposed on parents when......

  • Ten Questions to Ask Yourself During Estate Planning

    Now that you have decided to create your Estate Plan, you want to be sure you cover all your bases and leave nothing out.   What questions should you ask yourself and what things should you be thinking about?   An experienced Estate Planning attorney......

  • Probate and Living Trusts

    PROBATE AND LIVING TRUSTS   In our last article, we gave you an overview of a basic Estate Plan, the different documents that can be included and what they do.   Today, we are discussing probate, what happens when someone dies with a will and......

  • Estate Planning – What is it?

    Nearly everyone has an estate. Your estate is simply everything you own – your car, home, bank accounts, life insurance, personal possessions, etc. Some estates are large, some are small, but just about everybody has one. What do they all have in common? You can’t......

  • Tips for Divorcing Dads

      Happy Father’s Day to all of you loving, hard working dads.  Our tagline may be “Ever Argue with a Woman?” but don’t let that fool you into believing we advocate for women only. Here at Tessmer Law Firm, PLLC, we believe in “Families First.”......

  • Disability should be accounted for in your Estate Planning.

    Please, plan for disability.   Estate planning is not only about carrying out our wishes when we die. A good, thorough plan will take care of you while you are living. Durable Powers of Attorney and Medical Directives give your loved ones the authority to......

  • Children of Divorcing Parents Need Special Attention

    Divorcing parents should pay special attention to their kids. Don’t get caught up in your own drama and forget that your children are struggling to cope, too. Our next family law movie shows us the destruction of a family through a teen’s view.   The......

  • Children of Divorce Need Both Parents

    There is no question that divorce is painful under any circumstance. Sometimes a divorcing parent feels so hurt and angry, they want to lash out at their soon-to-be ex and they do that through their kids. This is central to the plot of our next......

  • Divorce and Blended Families

    Today, we continue our movie recommendations with a great story about the struggle to produce a happy, blended family after divorce.   Stepmom is a 1998 film starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris. The movie tells the story of Luke and Jackie Harrison (Harris......

  • Movies Our Family Law Clients Can Learn From

    We all love going to the movies! This week our Tessmer Tips blog will tell you about some movies we love that are about divorce, child custody and other family law issues.     Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 Academy Award winner for Best......

  • Learn about SCRA and UCCJEA

    There are laws that protect an active duty soldier from being held in “default” for failing to respond to a divorce action. Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), divorce proceedings may be postponed for the entire time an active duty servicemember is on duty......

  • Military benefits should be considered in a family law case.

    The medical benefits program available to active duty service members, retirees, and family members is called TRICARE. After a divorce, a service member’s children continue to qualify for TRICARE. Unfortunately for civilian spouses, unless you meet some pretty stringent requirements, you will no longer qualify......

  • Determining Child & Spousal Support with a Military Parent

    When a servicemember is involved, calculating child and spousal support requires including all income, taxable or not.   When determining the military parent’s income, it is best not to use a tax return. Because some of the income that servicemembers receive is tax-free, you will......

  • Military parents have special concerns.

    If you are in the military, the SCRA is your friend: it can prevent a judge from issuing court orders that could affect your relationship with your children. If you are the non-military spouse, you may feel upset by the delays, because the law gives......

  • Family Law & The Military

    In honor of Memorial Day, we are posting tips concerning family law and the military this week.  We love our military service men and women!  Many of us on the Tessmer Law Firm staff are military dependents. We send a huge thank you to all those......

  • Summing it all up – Common Law FAQ

    Common Law Marriage FAQ   Remember, in order to have a common law marriage a couple must: live together as man and wife in Texas; agree to be married; and represent themselves as married in Texas. i.e., tell others they are married.   I would......

  • Divorce & Common Law Marriage

    Dissolving a Common Law Marriage – Divorce   In order to end a common law marriage you must file for divorce. The first step, however, is proving the marriage existed.   Proving a Common Law Marriage   Texas courts generally give two years from the......

  • Who may enter into a common law marriage?

    Entering into a Common Law Marriage   If you would like to enter a common law marriage you must be: over 18; marrying someone of the opposite sex; not related to your future spouse and not currently married.   Nobody under the age of 18......

  • What must be established in order to have a common law marriage?

    In According to chapter 2.401 of the Texas Family Code, in order to have a common law marriage a couple must:   Live together as man and wife in Texas; Agree to be married; Tell others in Texas they are married.   A common misconception......

  • What is Common Law Marriage?

    In Texas common law marriage, or informal marriage, is form of marriage that confers all the same rights as what we recognize as a formal or traditional marriage.   Prior to its independence, Texas laws were based on Spanish and European civil laws. In 1840,......

  • Department of Labor Announces Final Ruling on Salary Threshhold

    For months now, business owners have been monitoring and watching for the U.S. Dept. of Labor to announce its final decision on the minimum salary threshold to be paid to employees in order to qualify as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor and Standards......

  • Domestic Violence – Summing it Up

    For the past two weeks, we have been discussing the subject of domestic violence: what it is, how to recognize it and where to go for help.  Today, let’s sum it up:   Domestic abuse does not have to be physical.  Emotional or psychological abuse......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #9: A FIGHTER, NOT A LOVER:   The words ‘abuse’ and ‘relationship violence’ immediately conjure up mental images of physical fights, bruises, cuts, broken furniture, etc. Tangible violence is recognized when we see it; we can identify it when we hear it directed......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #8: “I’M JUST SAYIN’”:   He is always joking around, but his “jokes” are filled with malicious sarcasm and condescending undertones. Sometimes his humor seems innocent and just poorly timed; at other times his hostility is unmistakably purposeful. When he is not poking......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #7: THIN SKIN:   Abusers tend to have low self-esteem, so they are easily upset or insulted. They tend to make a big deal out of nothing, focus on insignificant details or comments, and assume that any difference of opinion is a direct......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #6: THE LONE WOLF:   At first, it might appear that he really enjoys spending time alone with you, or that he is just uncomfortable around others.  Or maybe it is just that he loves being one with nature; but eventually you will......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #5: ANYTHING YOU CAN DO I CAN DO BETTER:   An abuser generally has an attitude of self-righteousness, truly believes that he is better than everyone else, and will have no misgivings over telling you this. The abuser will intentionally attack others’ self-esteem,......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #4: IT’S NOT HIS FAULT:   What do you know about his childhood? Did he experience abuse or neglect? If so, do these experiences continue to have a negative impact him? Having experienced an abusive childhood is not necessarily a deal-breaker, but if......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #3: THE GREEN MONSTER:   At first, the jealous behavior doesn’t seem excessive, so there is no immediate red flag warning. You may notice he is uncomfortable with you talking to other men or participating in activities without him, but you think his......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #2: LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE:   Many of us tell a “white lie” in the beginning stages of a relationship. Even in healthy relationships, it is common for one to emphasize their positive qualities and minimize any shortcomings to appear more likable.......

  • Domestic Violence Warning Signs

    WARNING SIGN #1: TOO MUCH TOO SOON:   An abuser will claim to be head over heels for you, having fallen in love “at first sight” and believe you are soul mates. He may compare you to his ex, claiming that he has never loved......

  • Tessmer Tips – Domestic Violence – Recognize the Signs Early

    Recognize the potential for domestic violence BEFORE it happens. Abusers display certain behavior traits that can serve as warning signs of their potential to become violent.  It is rare for an abuser to show these traits in the beginning stages of a relationship, but they......

  • Tessmer Tips – Domestic Violence – part 4

    If you are concerned that your own behaviors may be unhealthy or abusive towards your partner, you too can get help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799- 7233) can refer you to programs and services to help prevent violence. The operators are always impartial, empathetic,......

  • Tessmer Tips – Domestic Violence – part 3

    Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. If you see something, say something. Incidents of battery are rarely isolated and usually increase in frequency and intensity over time. Between 30% and 60% of abusers......

  • Tessmer Tips – Domestic Violence – part 2

    Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Men, women and children can be abused verbally or emotionally and the consequences of these types of abuse can be just as devastating as physical violence. Emotional or psychological abuse is meant to control the victim. The abuser will belittle,......

  • Tessmer Tips Tackles Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence is an issue that touches millions of lives every year. In the coming days, Tessmer Law Firm will provide tips and information on this important subject, beginning with some facts:   1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Domestic violence......

  • Rebuilding Your Life After Divorce

    Picking up and starting over after the loss of decades worth of plans is the most crushing aspect of divorce after age 50.  Change that touches every aspect of your life can be emotionally devastating.  It is natural to grieve. You have, after all, spent......

  • The Most Important Tip Regarding “Gray” Divorce

    Consult with a qualified attorney, even if you feel your situation is simple. Don’t make any agreements before you are fully informed. Even though you may agree to something and you know you can change your mind about it, don’t set up that expectation. By......

  • Tax Liability and Divorce – What to Consider

    In all cases, “gray” divorce or otherwise, make sure that any tax issues are reviewed prior to finalizing.  This ensures that neither spouse ends up owing a tax bill that could have been reduced, or avoided entirely. To split some assets, a divorcing couple will......

  • Retirement Savings and “Gray” Divorce

    Retirement savings become especially important in a “gray” divorce. It is best to try to avoid accessing retirement savings before retirement, if possible. Spouses in a “gray” divorce have fewer working years left to contribute to separate retirement savings accounts, and less time to recover......

  • Spousal Support Is Not Guaranteed

    In Texas, alimony is called spousal support or spousal maintenance.  Spousal support provides a spouse with periodic payments from the former spouse’s future income that continues after the divorce. Spousal support is not automatically ordered.  Many factors are considered by the Court when determining if......

  • Divorce and Social Security Benefits

    Social Security rules are complex, and a “gray” divorce or remarriage can affect your benefits. Although the court cannot divide Social Security benefits, many people going through a “gray” divorce may qualify for benefits based on their spouse’s earning history.     Under current Social Security......

  • Financial Survival After Divorce

    This topic causes a great deal of anxiety and concern in divorce clients in the “gray” divorce age group. The financial stakes are high. Here are some suggestions:   Immediately begin exploring your options for health insurance coverage;  this is one of the biggest concerns and......

  • Estate Planning Before, During and After a “Gray” Divorce

    Before your divorce, you may have insurance policies, a Will or Powers of Attorney that benefit the other spouse, or that name the other spouse as an executor. Before filing for divorce, you may want to make changes. Sometimes changes are prohibited after a divorce......

  • Prepare for Post-Divorce Living Expenses

    Start with an accurate list of necessary and discretionary living expenses. You must know how much income you’ll need — whether that is spousal support, passive income from assets, or employment. With less time to bounce back from the economic upheaval associated with divorce, accurate budget......

  • Fifty Shades of Gray…….. Divorce

    “Gray” divorce is a term referring to the demographic trend of an increasing divorce rate for older (gray-haired) couples in long-lasting marriages. Since 1990, the divorce rate for Americans over age 50 has doubled, and has more than doubled for those over age 65.  Today,......

  • Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

    Today we complete our series on Guardianship.   Differing from a full legal guardianship, the court may appoint to a child a Guardian Ad Litem, (GAL) sometimes called a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). A GAL is an officer of the court who volunteers to......

  • Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

    More information about the subject of Guardianship:   Guardianship is not always necessary. If you are caring for a child that is not yours for a few weeks or months, you probably won’t need legal guardianship. If the child needs medical attention, to be enrolled......

  • Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

    Part 2 of our series on Guardianship:   To seek the appointment of guardian to an individual you must file a petition with the probate court where the person lives. This is usually accompanied by a sworn statement and medical affidavits to support the claim......

  • Tessmer Tips – Guardianship

    Do you have a child with special needs?  Perhaps you are the child of a parent suffering from dementia or a debilitating illness?  It is important to take care of our loved ones when they cannot take care of themselves.  In these situations, legal guardianship......

  • Have you been injured by a distracted driver? – Part 3

    Earlier this week we began giving you tips and information on what to do if you have been injured by a distracted driver.  Today we finish with:   In a personal injury case, documentation is important.  Take photos of your injuries. Also, include recent photos of......

  • Have you been injured by a distracted driver?

    Distracted driving, which includes driver inattention or cell‐phone use (talking and/or texting), is becoming increasingly common and dangerous. In 2014, there were 100,825 traffic crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving (distraction, driver inattention or cell-phone use). That is up 6 percent from 2013. These crashes......

  • Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

    Tip #10 on being a great client: Remember there are no real winners in litigation. It is time consuming, stressful and downright expensive. Nobody really wins in the end. Try and separate your emotions from your legal issues as much as possible. You may want......

  • Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

    Tip #8 on being a great client: Don’t show up at the office expecting to see your attorney without an appointment. Law offices are extremely busy and need to keep a schedule for appointments. Likewise, if you make an appointment you cannot keep, you should......

  • Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

    Tip #6 on being a great client: Follow the plan you and your attorney have agreed on for a course of action. Do not change direction, take unilateral action or fail to follow through without first discussing it with your counsel. Be a team player.......

  • Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

    Tip #4 on being a great client: Deal with your attorney’s staff whenever possible. While you may be billed for a paralegal or legal assistant’s time, it will be at a lower rate than that of your lawyer. Paralegals have specialized training and, in many......

  • Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

    Tip #2 on being a great client: Be organized. Do you really want to pay the hourly rate to have your attorney or his staff sort through all your papers, emails, text messages, etc.? The better organized you are, the sooner we can get busy......

  • Tessmer Tips – How to Be a GREAT Client

    At Tessmer Law Firm, we have some of the BEST clients an attorney could ever hope to have.   The attorney/client relationship is so important.  It involves open communication, honesty and a great deal of trust.     But what exactly makes a great client?  This......

  • How do I find the right attorney and plan for a high asset divorce?

    For most individuals, the first step is to ask a trusted friend or colleague for the name of an attorney they may know or have done business with in the past. Call to schedule a consultation with that attorney. If he or she is not......

  • This “high asset” divorce sounds expensive. I just want it to be over. Can’t I just agree to whatever she wants and be done?

    Yes, you could, but any divorce lawyer worth his salt will advise you against it. If there is abuse happening, then of course immediate action is necessary. However, clients usually feel this way for other reasons. Sometimes they just cannot stand their spouse any longer......

  • What is a business valuation?

    Simply put, a business valuation is the process of determining how much a business is worth. This is necessary in the event of a divorce – high net worth or otherwise – because if the business is community property, it must be sold and divided......

  • What types of experts could be called in to help with a high asset divorce?

    A high asset divorce can be among the most complex family law matters, so it is important that knowledgeable and qualified experts are consulted to protect your assets, interests and rights. Forensic accountants, professional appraisers, financial and wealth managers, tax consultants, pension valuation experts and......

  • What is alimony? In a high net worth situation, isn’t it a given?

    In Texas, alimony is called spousal maintenance, and it is never guaranteed. The spouse who is seeking support must show that he or she lacks sufficient resources to provide for his or her minimal, reasonable needs. He or she must show that employment is difficult......

  • What is “discovery” and why is it necessary in a high asset divorce?

    “Discovery” is the term for the exchange of information between parties involved in a legal matter. Even though completing discovery adds to the expense of a case, it is important because it often turns up facts that were previously unknown to at least one party.......

  • Don’t all attorneys handle divorce? Can I just pick one?

    Just like physicians, attorneys specialize in different areas of practice where it pertains to the law. An attorney who specializes in criminal matters may not be the best choice for a family law matter, and vice versa. An experienced divorce attorney will have knowledge about......

  • What makes a high asset divorce so unique?

    Certain issues are more likely to present themselves in a divorce that is dealing with a large marital estate, such as: Business valuations; Determining the worth of assets such as stock options, art or antiques; Division of a business or professional practice; Division of investments......

  • What Makes a Divorce “High Asset”?

    Generally, a high asset or high net worth divorce means exactly that: one or both parties have a net worth over a certain threshold. The exact figure varies with opinion, but for us it is one million dollars ($1,000,000.00). This figure can consist of the......

  • High Asset Divorce – An FAQ

    What is a high asset divorce? Isn’t it the same as a regular divorce?   A high asset divorce is just like any divorce in many ways. No divorce is pleasant, regardless of the terms or circumstances. No matter the amount of assets, in a......

  • Divorcing parents of special needs children should consider what will happen once their child legally becomes an adult.

    The severity of a child’s disabilities can vary greatly. In some cases, the child’s disabilities are so extreme that there will be no debate, even if the child is still very young, about the continuing need for support after the child becomes an adult. In......

  • Divorcing parents of special needs children must address their child’s health and medical concerns.

    Medical treatments and therapies are often part of the daily routine for parents who have a child with a disability. For children with medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, orthopedic impairments, or serious health conditions, critical decisions include obtaining ongoing medical care, administering medication, making......

  • Educational decisions are extremely important for a special needs child.

    Divorcing parents of special needs children should determine which parent will make educational decisions, or how disagreements between the parents will be resolved.   Children with disabilities should be afforded the same opportunities as children without disabilities when it involves educational programming and the ability......

  • Kids with Special Needs Require Special Custody & Visitation Agreements.

    Divorcing parents of special needs children require customized visitation agreements that address transitions between homes.   If you do not know, for example, that transitions can be very difficult for persons with autism, you would not understand why a visitation schedule in which the child......

  • Divorce & Special Needs Children

    Every year, parents of a million American children get divorced. This is most difficult for children with special needs. When custody and support orders involve children with special needs, decisions regarding “the best interests of the child” become even more complex.   Clients who have......

  • Top 10 Things to Do Once your Divorce is Final.

    #1 – Secure several Certified Copies of your Final Decree.  Review all paperwork carefully with your attorney and be sure you understand all that is required of you in the final agreement.   #2 – Take care to change any personal and/or financial information needed. ......

  • Fender Bender 101

    I was in a fender bender.  Now what?  A minor auto collision with no injuries involved is usually not difficult to resolve.  However, the more knowledge you have, the better off you will be!  So here are some tips on what to expect if this......

  • Simplify Your Divorce

      Over 95% of all divorce cases settle before trial, so consider mediation instead of taking an adversarial position.  If mediation is not for you, there are other options – such as collaborative divorce or arbitration.   Before you file, think about you what you......

  • Turning 18: Now You’re an Adult part 2

    Driving restrictions are lifted at age 18. You can now drive in the middle of the night and carry passengers. Be safe – Don’t text and drive!! Under Federal HIPAA law, your parents can no longer discusses your health and medical care with your doctor......

  • Turning 18: Now You’re an Adult part 1

    Turning 18 is a major milestone and with it comes new rights and responsibilities. #1 is your right to vote. Register and vote! As an 18-year old, you can now enter into binding contracts, buy and sell real estate, inherit property and buy a car.......

  • Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #9: My mother has Alzheimer’s.  How do I go about getting power of attorney for her?   A:  It may not be possible to get a valid power of attorney if your mother is already suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s. ......

  • Remember that mix tape you made in junior high?

    Tessmer Mail Bag   Q 8#: My sister is getting married and wants to give CDs burned with some of the happy couple’s favorite songs as a gift.  Isn’t that illegal?   A:  Probably, and your sister could be liable for civil damages.  If the......

  • Who’s to pay for the valet?

    Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #6: I valet parked my car and it now reeks of cigarette smoke.  Does the restaurant have to pay to clean my car?   A:  If the valet was a restaurant employee, the restaurant may bear responsibility for the scent......

  • But first… let me take a selfie.

    Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #5: If someone else uses my Facebook photos, can I sue?   A:  Yes, IF you created the photos and you have obtained a copyright on them.  The copyright can be filed immediately prior to filing suit, but to recovery......

  • Not using those concert tickets?

    Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #4: If I sell concert tickets on Craigslist, is that scalping?   A:  Scalping is the practice of selling event tickets at a higher price than their face value.  If you sell your tickets for a premium, then yes, that......

  • Just a little off the top….

    Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #3: My hairdresser totally butchered my hair!  Can I sue?   A:  That depends on what exactly she did.  Did you just get what you consider an unattractive haircut?  In that case no, a lawsuit would likely not be successful. ......

  • Is it legal?

    Tessmer Mail Bag:   Q #2: Is dumpster diving illegal? A: It depends.  The act of taking property that someone has thrown in the trash would be prosecuted as theft.  The Texas Penal Code says that someone commits a theft if he “unlawfully appropriates property......

  • Ending 2015 with the Tessmer Mail Bag

    As we draw near the end of 2015, let’s reprise some of our more “fun” Tessmer Tips.  Here are some random questions and answers from the Tessmer mail bag!   Q #1: Every weekend, I see bicyclists riding along the highway near my country home.  Can......

  • A DWI arrest costs not only YOU.

    DWI Fact #10: Summing it all up.   DWI is expensive, not only to you, if convicted, but to the taxpayers.  Drunk driving costs the U.S. approximately $132 billion a year (MADD).  Including costs for medical treatment, work loss, public services, court fees and loss......

  • Drink and drive… watch your insurance premiums rise….

    DWI Fact #9: What happens to your insurance?   The amount you pay for car insurance depends, in part, on what your insurer deems your risk of being in an accident.  A DWI conviction indicates you are a high risk and you can expect your premiums......

  • What are the penalties for drinking and driving?

    DWI Fact #8:  What are the penalties for DWI?   The penalties for DWI vary according to the number of offenses and the circumstances of your situation.  For example, a first offender may be ordered to pay up to a $2,000 fine, serve jail time......

  • Time is essential when dealing with DWI and your driver’s license.

    DWI Fact #7:  Can I still drive?   To preserve your right to drive in Texas, you must request a hearing within 15 days of the date you were served with a Notice of Suspension. In most cases, this is the day of your arrest.......

  • DWI Court: What to expect.

    DWI Fact #6: What can you expect at court?   The initial court appearance is called an arraignment. At the arraignment, the judge may advise you of the charges and of certain rights that you have because you have been charged with a crime. Your......

  • What happens if you are arrested for DWI?

    DWI Fact #5: What will happen after you are arrested for DWI?   Generally speaking, following an arrest for DWI in Texas, you will be taken first to the police station or county jail. Once at the station or jail, you will be asked to......

  • What happens during a DWI stop?

    DWI Fact #4: What happens during a DWI stop?   Most people are stopped for DWI in the evening or early morning hours. If you are driving during that time and you get pulled over by the police, there is a good chance that you......

  • How many drinks is too many? If you’re driving…. even one drink can affect you.

    DWI Fact #3: How much is too much?  That’s the wrong question to ask because it assumes that there are a fixed number of drinks that are acceptable before you get behind the wheel. That is not the case.   For example, if you are......

  • Remember, open containers are also illegal in Texas.

    DWI Fact #2: Mostly, DWI crimes are related to your BAC when operating a motor vehicle.  However, officers can arrest you for other alcohol-related crimes involving your vehicle.   For example, it’s illegal to have an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of......

  • ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly!

    This is the season for all those holiday happy hours and parties, but don’t let those holly jolly times have you making a mistake by drinking and driving!   This week on our Tessmer Tips blog, the subject is DWI Facts.   DWI Fact #1:......

  • More tips about how the SCRA can help you.

    If you cannot comply with an order garnishing your wages or money in your accounts because of your military service, under SCRA you may request that the court temporarily stop your money or property from being taken. This right applies only to actions and proceedings......

  • SCRA gives you the right to delay civil court proceedings.

    If you receive orders to relocate for at least 90 days to a location that does not support your cell phone service contract, SCRA allows you to terminate your contract with your cell provider at any time without penalty. Additionally, if you are relocated for......

  • SCRA helps with foreclosures and other financial obligations.

    SCRA protects your home from foreclosure. If you secured a mortgage before entering military service, SCRA requires that a lender obtain a court order before it can foreclose on your home during any period of service and for nine months thereafter.  If your lender does......