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Judge Clay Jenkins Calling for Property Tax Reductions

Clay Jenkins is calling on local governments to lower their tax rates to offset the higher valuations. To see the video on WFAA, please click on the following link: Dallas County judge calling for property tax rate more

Guardian Ad Litems in Personal Injury Cases

If a settlement is reached in a personal injury lawsuit, the trial court may appoint an ad litem for the interest of the minor or incapacitated person.  Typically, personal injury claims for minors or incapacitated persons are prosecuted by their next friends (generally the parents) pursuant to Tex.R. Civ. P 44. Tex. R. Civ. P. 173 provides for appointment of a guardian ad litem  when both the minor or incapacitated person and the next friend have separate claims for settlement funds in a more

What is Voir Dire?

Voir Dire is a French phrase that means "to speak the truth." Blacks Law Dictionary 1569 (7th Edition 1999). What is it?  Voir dire is the first exposure members of the jury panel have to a lawsuit wherein panel members will be selected to serve on the jury. The Voir Dire is the primary tool to address the issue of securing an impartial jury to hear the case. The purpose of voir dire is to allow each party to the lawsuit to have an opportunity to examine the members of the panel to determine more

The Different Types of Damages Recoverable in a Typical Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas

The following are typical damages which may be recoverable in a typical personal injury lawsuit: (1) Physical Pain and Suffering In a personal injury case, the plaintiff can recover for both past and future physical pain and suffering caused by the defendant’s wrongful conduct.  The injured person can only be compensated, however, for the pain and suffering of which they were conscious. Las Palmas Med Ctr. V. Rodriguez, 279 S.W.3d 413, 417 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2009, no pet.) (2) Mental more