Monthly Archives: July 2011

Explain the Terms “Bench” and “Bar”

Courtrooms come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  From classical to modern, from opulent to austere, each courtroom is as unique as the architecture of the community it serves.  But whether the courtroom is located in Alaska or Florida, all courtrooms in America … Continue reading

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What if Monday is a Holiday? When is My Answer Due?

As was explained in the previous blog, if you have been served with a lawsuit in a Texas district court or county court, in most cases your answer is due on or before 10:00am the Monday next following the expiration of … Continue reading

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I Just Got Served with a Lawsuit – When Do I Have to File an Answer?

On or before 10 a.m. the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days…  Say again? If you have been served with a lawsuit in either a county court or a district court in Texas (J.P. courts are different – see … Continue reading

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Some Legal Papers were Posted to My Door… Have I Really Been Served with a Lawsuit?

Most likely yes. Of course the most common (and preferred) way of serving someone with notice of a lawsuit is through personal service (where a law officer or professional process server physically hands the legal papers to the person being served).  However, … Continue reading

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Is it True that I Can’t be Served with a Civil Lawsuit on a Sunday?

Yes and no. For ordinary lawsuits, Rule 6 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure provides that you cannot be served on a Sunday. However, if the lawsuit requests extraordinary relief involving any of the following: injunction, attachment, garnishment, sequestration or … Continue reading

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Can I Represent Someone Else in Court by Using a Power of Attorney?

Absolutely not. Despite the fact that it is called “power of attorney,” a power of attorney will NOT substitute for a license to practice law.  While a power of attorney may give you broad powers to act on someone else’s behalf, … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation?

As a party in a lawsuit, the essential difference between arbitration and mediation boils down to the amount of control you will retain in the ultimate outcome of the case.  While it is not uncommon for people to confuse the two, arbitration … Continue reading

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