We are thrilled to announce the publication of the streamlined 2020 edition of the Texas Family Law Practice Manual, an essential resource on which family law attorneys in Texas have come to rely.

No longer a bulky set of six three-ring binders paired with a practice notes book, the Texas Family Law Practice Manual is now a beautiful four-volume softbound set, complete with a digital download of the entire book, including forms.

In the future, when we publish an update we’ll replace the set with a 30% discount, as long as you stay on our list to receive automatic updates.  You can now ditch the forms binders forever and along with that the tedious and confusing process of adding supplements!

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Drafts of new language for the 2020 edition of Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges—Crimes Against Persons & Property  are now available as proposed changes. Load the PDF to your browser by clicking the download button below. The committee that works on this edition strives for objective, well-drafted charges and commentary that accurately reflect Texas law. Your feedback will help the committee achieve that goal. Take the time to review the new material and send comments to As always, TexasBarBooks appreciates your assistance in crafting jury charges that are the most widely accepted in Texas.

Read a summary of new charges and proposed changes below.

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New for 2020: Texas Probate System 2020 Supplement

May 21, 2020

TexasBarBooks is pleased to present the new 2020 Supplement to the Texas Probate System, Fourth Ed. The 2020 supplement includes letters, forms, worksheets, a significant date list, and checkplan all built to assist in the handling of probate matters. Updated material includes: enactments providing for a testator’s grant of authority to designate an administrator, allowing […]

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TexasBarBooks is Here to Help with Free Access to the Texas Guardianship Manual Online

April 22, 2020

In light of recent events, many Texans find that they need to put medical directives, powers of attorney, and other advance planning documents in place. TexasBarBooks wants to help Texas lawyers provide this service by providing State Bar members with free access to the Texas Guardianship Manual Online.

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Running List of Texas Supreme Court Emergency Orders affecting TexasBarBooks Practice Manuals

April 22, 2020

The Texas Supreme Court has issued a number of temporary emergency orders in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, some of which are relevant to TexasBarBooks practice manuals. Please review the following list to see which orders apply to each manual. A complete list of the emergency orders can be found at the court’s website.

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Note Regarding Suits to Terminate the Parent-Child Relationship

April 7, 2020

An important change to the rules regarding suits to terminate the parent-child relationship takes effect on May 1, 2020. On January 8, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court issued an Order Amending Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 277 under Misc. Docket No. 20-9008. The order gave notice of a proposed amendment to Tex. R. Civ. P. […]

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Attn: Download New Emergency Procedure Forms in Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak Here

March 27, 2020

As a free service to the members of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, please find an Order on Motion for Use of Emergency Procedures, which will become Form 8-82 in the Family Law Practice Manual (“the Formbook”) ( Among other features, this order contains a model of detailed procedures for […]

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Newly Updated 2020 edition: Texas Pattern Jury Charges – Family & Probate

March 17, 2020

Updated for 2020, the new Texas Pattern Jury Charges – Family & Probate follows a review of case law and 2019 legislation and contains revisions that include: Substantial revision of the attorney’s fee PJCs to incorporate the holdings of Rohrmoos Venture v. UTSW DVA Healthcare, LLP. Revision of the jury charge in the main divorce […]

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Now Available: Essentials of Texas Water Resources, 6th Edition

March 3, 2020

TexasBarBooks is proud to offer the new, updated Essentials of Texas Water Resources. This new edition includes 2019 legislative and case law updates. Also covered are the impacts of climate change on Texas water resources, new legislation to prepare for and manage floodwaters, and how failure to appropriately manage and plan land use contributes to […]

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Software Savvy: Using the Spike in Microsoft Word

February 5, 2020

Q: How can I copy multiple portions of content from different areas of my Word document and paste them to one place in the document, or to a new document, easily and quickly? A: To handle this task using copy-and-paste or cut-and-paste requires that you navigate to the first location in your document that contains […]

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