Law Office of Sheila O'Connor Allen

Law Office of Sheila O'Connor Allen

Affordable Legal Representation; access to justice/law.

Wills, Powers of Attorney (medical and financial), Advance Directives, Declaration of Guardianship, Right of Survivorship Declaration, HIPAA Release, and Family Law: Divorce, Child Support, Paternity, Challenge to Acknowledgement of Paternity, Modifications, Uncontested Divorces, and Mediation - Stay out of court & try for a win/win solution; keep the money for the children's college and your retirement, and Guardianships: when there is no alternative ... and, Info re Elder Law and Veteran's Benefits

Mission: To make court more accessible (procedurally and financially) for the average worker/retiree ... To lessen the stress, strain, and cost of lawsuits ... To help others through some of the trials of life and maintain tools to rebuild. Stress-free lawyering: Attorney will meet at atty's office or your location - whichever is easier for you.

UNILAD

Amazing rescue effort by this elephant family! 🐘🙌

via 서울대공원 🌴

9/11/2001:

#wewillneverforget

BrightVibes

C'mon, we can do this! Be the change you want to see 🚮 "I make a change, we make the difference." Are you in?

Curbed

St Patrick's after restoration...
High School graduation there & school reunion Mass there next year.
Anne, Chris, Jan, the lightening bolt will go right through that beautiful roof straight to us.

Curbed's places of worship series continues with the famous St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, built in 1879 and still glorious following an extensive restoration!

[12/29/13]   New website up: allenattorneyatlaw.com

[04/01/13]   I feel as though the practice of law is changing - with the advent of downloadable internet forms, attorneys practicing 'virtual law' through Skype, and the digitization of all pleadings. At the same time, dockets appear to be crammed with pro se litigants who don't quite know what they are doing (and new lawyers are unemployed; the field is saturated). At the same time, the Supreme Court of Texas has promulgated uniform forms - Divorce Set One (note the 'One" - more to come & I'm sure there'll be forms in other disciplines).
The practice of law is changing, rapidly... we have to accept, incorporate and plan for those changes which are positive (and identify and disclaim the negative).
To a member such as I, we, as a profession, do not appear to be planning for these changes. I think there should be better access to justice for those who are in dire need (now, that's often the 'middle class'). Also, Legal Aid is overwhelmed - we need innovative ideas as to how to resolve that problem, especially as it affects the Courts. When I look at Craigslist, I see the same non-lawyers, for months and months, advertising that they will do all legal work ('you just file the forms').
Our profession now includes computer programs with 'all necessary forms and advice', downloadable single forms, and 'paralegals' who may not have graduated high school ...

I am voting for Steve Fischer because I believe he'll address those issues. He acknowledges a problem, communicates it to all, and solicits input to relay to those who, ultimately, will make a decision. I know he's done quite a lot of pro bono work (I think serving on the Bar is the ultimate pro bono).
Those of us on the pages restricted to attorneys, created by Steve Fischer (Family Law, Probate and Estates, Make the State Bar Relevant), have seen his frequent posts in the past regarding health insurance for members - finding a solution to that issue has been a frequent topic on his part (and I know he is very active on that Committee). Steve has kept Bar members informed of all the problems encountered in getting group health insurance - he accepts all questions, answers directly and communicates back to the membership. He has invited members to email him, if they do not wish to ask a question openly.
He responds. He has frequently defended the Bar's decisions and position on issues, and has commended members of the Board of Directors.
Additionally, he has championed more affordable CLE, scholarships for attorneys who cannot afford the full CLE cost, and he has generated excellent communication amongst attorneys.
Steve Fischer's FB pages, restricted to attorneys, has created an open line of communication amongst lawyers across Texas - for fast information dissemination, for referrals, for mentoring amongst the membership, and for responding to issues (he appears to have an innate knack for generating discussion and possible solutions.)

I just want to vote for the best person for the job. I believe that to be Steve Fischer.
Steve Fischer has been speaking to the issues which concern many of us - whether solo attorneys or big- firm attorneys (many sole practitioners were, once, big-firm attorneys).

veteranscareerfair.com

Veterans Career Fair | Milicruit

Thank you, to all veterans, for your service!
Note the internet job fair for tomorrow.

veteranscareerfair.com Milicruit brings employers who are committed to helping returning veterans find suitable employment together with job-seeking military veterans and their spouses

[10/08/11]   I've gotten about 10 questions on email - people don't want their ID connected to their question. I'll start posting some ... email for ?s is: [email protected]

[10/06/11]   Hey, Corpus Christi & surrounding areas : There will be a 'Stand Down' for homeless veterans at the Hector P Garcia National Guard Armory on Tues. October 25, 2011, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Volunteers are appreciated (VA is sponsoring this); they also need donations of:
clothing, shoes, backpacks, reading glasses, bus passes, fast food coupons, comfort items (travel size, new), hotel vouchers, and any assistance to be able to live independently. (Would be great if barbers/stylists would volunteer services).
For pick-up, or to volunteer, email or FB me (I'll post flyer, too, after I scan):
[email protected]. Thanks for helping veterans.

[09/11/11]   God Bless, and hold them close, & bring comfort to their loved ones.
We will never forget !

oyez.org

Connick v. Thompson | The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Oral arguments in Connick v Thompson:
http://www.oyez.org/cases/2010-2019/2010/2010_09_571

oyez.org John Thompson sued the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, the District Attorney, Harry Connick, in his official and individual capacities, and several assistant district attorneys in their official capacities under 42 U.S.C § 1983 in a Louisiana federal district court. Mr. Thompson served fo...

slate.com

Connick v. Thompson: Clarence Thomas writes one of the cruelest Supreme Court decisions ever.

http://www.slate.com/id/2290036/?wpisrc=obnetwork

slate.com In 1985, John Thompson was convicted of murder in Louisiana. Having already been convicted in a separate armed robbery case, he opted not to testify on his own behalf in his murder trial. He was sentenced to death and spent 18 years in prison—14 of them is

[09/01/11]   There are no official Judicial Council Forms in Texas; pleadings are individually drafted or provided to attorneys in subscription software packages.
See the below website for some popular pleadings in the public domain.
Unfortunately, I don't see a Respondent's Answer - apparently only uncontested divorce forms are provided ... it would be wonderful if all divorces actually were uncontested.

texaslawhelp.org

TexasLawHelp.org | A guide to free and low-cost legal aid, assistance and services in Texas

There are some free legal forms/pleadings at:
http://texaslawhelp.org/TX/index.cfm/County/%20/City/%20/demoMode/%3D%201/Language/1/State/TX/TextOnly/N/ZipCode/%20/LoggedIn/0/so/1

texaslawhelp.org This free guide offers civil legal information to Texans who cannot afford legal help. Learn about your rights, available self-help resources, and organizations that provide free and low-cost legal aid.

[08/18/11]   Have a legal question ? I can't dispense specific advice in this medium, but I can educate on an issue regarding Texas law, or general application of law ...

vabenefitblog.com

Would You Choose Email Notification From the VA? | VA Benefits Blog

http://www.vabenefitblog.com/would-you-choose-email-notification-from-the-va/

vabenefitblog.com Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s oversight and investigations panel, has proposed a new bill: HR 2383. HR 2383 is a bill that would authorize the VA to send out notifications and other communication to veterans via e-mail instead of via regular postal m

[07/27/11]   Any vet who was not given a 'less than honorable discharge', may apply for health care at the VA. If your income is too high, you may be 'Priority 7 or 8', where you are responsible for a copay. There is a Discharge Review Appeal Board where vets can petition, requesting that 'less than honorable' discharges be upgraded (which will give them access to VA benefits).

Apply for VA Health Benefits

Vets: you can apply for health benefits online now (or by mail or fax). To fill out the 1010EZ form, go to: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzEwMTgxMDgxL3NpZC8tc2xUN3d5aw==

iris.custhelp.com IRIS is a secure, web based, messaging application for VA website visitors to communicate with VA electronically and to obtain information about other methods of contacting VA

vba.va.gov

Compensation and Pension Home

Veterans' Affairs has a new program: support for families/caregivers of severely injured post-9/11 vets. This program started in May. For info on that and other veteran benefits, see their new website: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/

vba.va.gov Welcome to the Compensation & Pension (C&P) Service website. VA to Take Applications for New Family Caregiver Program On May 3, VA published the interim final rule for implementing the Family Caregiver Program to provide support for families of seriously wounded Post-9/11

[07/27/11]   We purchase so much insurance - for cars, house, boat, life, appliances ... The most affordable & easiest insurance we forget - a siimple Durable Power of Attorney (Financial) & a Power of Attorney (Medical). These two important insurance/disability forms are often ignored.
Guardianships are so expensive - they're lawyer-intensive and require continuous court hearings. Please do these forms to protect yourself.

[07/27/11]   Mediation is FREE at Dispute Resolution Services, serving Nueces, San Patricio, Bee and Live Oak counties. 901 Leopard (Courthouse), Rm 401.2 (4th floor) Phone: 361-888-0650 If you can't solve all your differences by mediation, you may be able to resolve some, and pare down the issues you are presenting to the Judge (thereby reducing your court costs and attorney fees).

[07/27/11]   Re SB 785 (new Family Code 161.005): Men have until 8/31/ 2012 to file requesting a termination of paternity, based on non-parentage, without having to prove when he learned of the facts which led him to believe he is not Dad. After 8/31/12, he can only file within one year of learning of the facts re non-parentage.

[07/27/11]   SB 785 passed: allows for paternity testing upon 'Dad's' Petition, as long as Paty was adjudicated (or Acknowledgment of Paternity signed) without DNA testing.
This is a huge change. If Dad's not bio, current child support and medical support terminate, & though 'Dad' still will owe arrears, he's not subject to Contempt filing. http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/pdf/SB00785F.pdf#navpanes=0

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