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Non-disclosure of Criminal Records

Like expunctions, orders of non-disclosure can prevent the disclosure, from the general public, of the existence of a criminal record. Many entities, however, may still be able to access these records.There are two main differences between an expunction and an order of non-disclosure: 1. Like many things involving court proceedings, the granting or denial of a request for non-disclosure is within the judge’s discretion. This means that even if a person is eligible for a non-disclosure,

Expunctions in Texas

A criminal record can have far-reaching consequences, even if the criminal charges do not result in a conviction. Fortunately, Texas law provides an opportunity for expunction to people who were arrested but their cases were dismissed or they were found not guilty after trial.However, you will not be eligible for an expunction if you were placed on probation, deferred adjudication, or you finished your case by doing jail time. Eligibility Persons who are eligible to seek

Cost-effective Probate Alternatives When a Person Dies Without a Will

If your loved one passed away without a will, Texas law provides several options for settling the affairs of his or her estate. This article explains several of these options. Independent Administration Texas is one of several states that allows for “independent” administration of a person’s estate after he or she passes away without a will (also known as “intestate”). Independent administration is a relatively simple way for the personal representative of an estate (commonly called

What to Do if a Default Judgment is Taken Against You

A default judgment is a judgment that is taken against someone that’s been sued when the person sued (defendant) is served with a lawsuit but ignores the lawsuit, fails to file the proper documents (an Answer) or otherwise makes him or herself known to the court.It is a serious matter and it can result in a lien filed against you (Judgment Lien), a hold placed on your land, buildings, or other real property (an Abstract of

Dealing with Harassment from Debt Collectors

The Texas Debt Collection Act and the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibit debt collectors from taking certain actions when dealing with alleged debtors. They also provide remedies for people when collectors fail to comply with the statutes.This article is to help you determine whether a debt collector has violated the law and what you can do about it. Who is a “debt collector”? First, one must determine whether the law applies to the debt

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