Multitasking and Driving—A Dangerous Combination

It seems like we all do it at some time—in our hustle and bustle to get more and more done in the few waking hours we have, we engage in multitasking, asking our brains to carry on a number of different functions simultaneously. More and more research, however, points to a single conclusion—our brains are not designed to multitask and trying to do so is almost always counterproductive. Behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, it can be deadly.

Family Separation and Criminal Prosecution and Lack of Due Process, Oh My!

Recent images of children caged in holding cells without parents forced the Trump administration to re-think its “Zero Tolerance” policy and family separation policy at the border. The Zero Tolerance policy was implemented in April of 2018 and mandated that all individuals apprehended at the border, including asylum seekers, be prosecuted for the federal criminal offense of illegal entry. As families were apprehended at the border, children were stripped away from their parents. While parents were sent to federal custody to face prosecution,

Grandparents’ Rights – The Times They Are a-Changing

I have written before about a common misconception about grandparent’s rights, specifically related to a grandparent’s “standing” to file suit related to the custody of or visitation with a minor grandchild. A recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court brings new focus to this issue.

“But No One Told Me…”

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a guidebook, a pamphlet, or an online video for all of life’s challenges? You can find a YouTube video for almost anything, but, in some situations, there are so many different opinions that it’s hard to know who to trust. Discussions about marriage, parenting, medicine, and the law engender endless commentary that inevitably leads to confusion.

Social Security Disability Award Rate Continues to Drop

Recent studies indicate a continuous drop in favorable decisions coming from Social Security administrative law judges. For the fiscal year 2018, of the 423,224 decisions made by administrative law judges, only 43% of the claims were awarded. More than a third— 36% of the claims— were denials, and 21% were dismissed without adjudication. These numbers represent a significant drop from previous years—, in 2013, the award rate was 48%; and just ten years ago, in 2008, 63% of all claims were approved.

Credit Reporting and Bankruptcy

Many debtors considering a bankruptcy filing are worried the impact on their credit rating and about how long the bankruptcy filing will affect their credit. The Fair Credit Report Action, Section 605, prohibits credit agencies from including a bankruptcy on a person’s credit report more than 10 years after the bankruptcy was filed. If you’re concerned about the impact of a bankruptcy filing on your creditworthiness, this is good news. Remember, though, that a bankruptcy filing is a public record kept in electronic storage format, and is accessible to potential employers or lenders. You still want to disclose a bankruptcy filing, if asked.

The Difference between Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in Texas

It seems like it’s almost impossible to read a newspaper or tune into the news without hearing a report of allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, with the terms often used interchangeably. Although sexual harassment can include some form of sexual assault, the two acts are treated differently by the law and have distinctly different consequences. Most importantly, sexual assault is a criminal offense in Texas, whereas sexual harassment is considered a civil wrong.