People contemplating a divorce would be well-advised to take stock of their current circumstances and evaluate whether they are in a position to proceed. A divorce is very disruptive to your life. It will affect your living arrangements, child care, job, and finances. A meeting with an attorney can help a client decide whether they are “ready for a divorce”.

Can you afford to pay the rent or mortgage on just one salary? Can you pay your other monthly bills?

Do your work hours or travel requirements make it difficult for you to get the kids to school or care for them at night?

Do you have a day care provider or a plan that allows you to work outside the home? Can you afford day care?

The answers to these kinds of questions may indicate that you are not yet prepared to file for divorce. For example, you may decide you need to change shifts at work to be able to care for your kids in the event of a divorce. You may need to make alternative living arrangements if you can’t afford the home on just one salary.

you also need to take into account the legal fees that come with a divorce. In other words, you need to have a workable plan for life after divorce. A meeting with an attorney can help you evaluate your readiness for a divorce and the financial changes that come with it.

At Bailey & Galyen, we offer free consultations with experience family law attorneys so you can evaluate your case and your plan for life after divorce.

What NOT to Do If You Are In Financial Trouble

Hi, I am Ted Machi, of Counsel to Bailey & Galyen, Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law since 1996.

There are five things you should not do if you find yourself in financial straight before seeking legal counsel: 

  1. Take out a payday loan – where the interest charge may be between 200 & 700% annual interest.

  2. Take out a title loan on your automobile.

  3. Take out a home equity loan on your house.

  4. Cash in or take a buyout from your employer, or take an early retirement.

  5. Sell your IRA’s or company stock.

We may be able to help you, CALL ME BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.


Merry Christmas

I’m Jay Bailey. I’m of counsel with the law firm of Bailey & Galyen, and on behalf of our employees, our staff, our attorneys, we want to wish you our clients and our friends, happy holidays and a great blessed new year.

Happy Thanksgiving


Greetings. My name is James Bridge, I’m the COO and Firm Managing Attorney of Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law.

At this time of Thanksgiving we pause to count our blessings. The freedom of this great country in which we live, it’s opportunity for achievement, the friendship and confidence you have shown in this firm. For all these things, we are deeply thankful. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, a Joyous Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year.

Grandparents’ Rights


I’m Keith Spencer. A Board Certified family law attorney with Bailey & Galyen.

Grandparents are frequently the most stabilizing forces in a child’s life. This is especially true when the biological parents are unable to meet the needs of the child, due to addiction or incarceration. However, it can be very challenging for Grandparents to obtain court-ordered custody, or even visitation rights with their grandchildren.

Texas law provides a legal preference for biological parents to raise their children, unless the court receives proof that they’re a danger to the child’s heath and emotional welfare. Grandparents facing such an issue should consult with an experienced Family Law Attorney, to evaluate and prosecute their case. Failure to meet the necessary burden of proof, leaves the court little choice but to dismiss the Grandparents’ case before it even gets started.

Grandparents’ Rights are very restricted. It’s imperative that Grandparents retain counsel with knowledge and experience in Grandparents’ Rights cases.

At Bailey & Galyen we provide FREE initial consultations. Come meet with us and let us evaluate your case.

Don’t Procrastinate

I’m Jay Bailey with Bailey & Galyen, I’m of Counsel with the firm, and I head our Probate & Estate Planning section.

Procrastination. Putting things off. All of us went to school, and most all of us waited 'til the night before to do that homework or that project that had been assigned days, if not weeks in advance.

It’s unwise to think I might be in an automobile accident and I’d simply put my seatbelt on right before I had the accident. But many of us in Texas put off doing Estate Planning. We think, “Well, there’ll be a better time. Maybe if I’m older, maybe if I have some kind of an illness, or some event comes into my life.” Don’t put it off. And if someone passes away, don’t put off talking to a lawyer about how to handle their probate. There’s a four year statute of limitations, and after that, the planning no longer exists.

The best advice we give is to seek wise counsel. If you need help, call me.

Martin Miller Obituary

Martin MillerMartin Miller went to be with the Lord on September 27, 2019, ending his battle with cancer. He was at home, surrounded by family. Martin was born to A.P. (Pete) and Adeline Miller on December 16, 1952 in Marshall, Texas. He graduated from Atlanta High School in 1971 and was an outstanding track athlete. Martin still holds the AHS record for fastest time in the mile. He also won the state title his junior and senior years in that event. He returned to Atlanta every year for sporting events and track meets and enjoyed watching the sport evolve.

He graduated from SMU where he received a degree in Criminal Justice. Then Martin served in the US Army for three years and was honorably discharged in 1982. Following that, he earned an MBA from Texas Tech and went on to obtain a law degree from Baylor.

He served as an Assistant D.A. in Dallas County for 12 years. He then joined the law firm of Bailey and Galyen in 2002. Martin was dedicated to the entire breadth of law, enjoying the challenges of both prosecution and defense.

Martin was a Christian and held the honor of 32nd degree Mason. He was a voracious reader of history and current events. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and his hometown team, the Atlanta Rabbits. In 2013, Martin was honored by the Atlanta Education Foundation as a Distinguished Alumnus for his achievements in business, law, and sports.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Joan and also his sisters: Mary Lynn Sopher and husband, Jamil, and Margaret Fitts and husband, Wayne, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Why You Should Seek Wise Estate Planning Counsel

I’m Jay Bailey with Bailey & Galyen, I’m of Counsel with the firm, and I head our Probate & Estate Planning section.

You’ve got lots of things you’re good at. You have expertise as a professional, you have expertise in the trades, you’re an excellent educator, you’ve got a lot of experience.

You’re probably not a Probate or Estate Planning lawyer. So you can go online, you can watch a video, or a TV promotion, but I wouldn’t. I’d seek wise counsel.

You see, in hand grenades and horseshoes, close actually scores points. In Probate & Estate Planning getting close means you missed the mark, and it can cost you and your family thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Talk to somebody who knows what they’re doing. Seek wise counsel. It’ll be a relief to you and a blessing to your family.

The best advice we give is to seek wise counsel. If you need help, call me.