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The Texas Probate System Online does the thinking, so you don’t have to!

–Russell W. Hall, Editor and Project Director

The Texas Probate System has become the cornerstone of many a probate law practice. From the initial contact with a client to the closing of the estate, this System provides a step-by-step guide to the efficient handling of a decedent’s estate. Texas Probate System Online contains the same great content as the print and digital formats in the form of a subscription website.

It also unveils TexasBarBooks’ new excel Probate Workbook (to be released with all future versions), the Probate Pathfinder wizard, and a Probate Essentials page that contains bundles of documents curated by the Probate System’s author committee. [click to continue…]

On February 28, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order to amend comment language in the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The language recognizes the requirement for technical competency in Texas attorneys, in light of the increasing dependency on technology in attorney-client relations.

The order is in part based on a Joint Resolution drafted by the CLE-PDP committee of the State Bar in April of 2018, which was edited by esteemed Judge Xavier Rodriguez, also a volunteer author for TexasBarBooks.

According to Judge Rodriguez, “Lawyers need to understand how their clients’ data may be compromised; litigators need to appreciate where relevant data may exist, implement litigation holds, and appreciate the costs and benefits of preserving and producing this data. Data privacy laws are now in effect overseas, and many states are legislating in this area. This amendment to Rule 1.01, comment 8, recognizes these challenges now facing practitioners.”

Thank you to Judge Rodriguez and everyone else involved for advancing the important matter of technical competency in Texas attorneys!

TexasBarBooks Editor Diane Morrison Is New ACLEA President

August 17, 2018

TexasBarBooks senior editor Diane Morrison was inaugurated as the new president of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) at its annual meeting in Portland, OR on July 31. Morrison shared these reflections regarding her new office: “I joined ACLEA in 1997 and have been increasingly involved in the organization: presenting at breakouts, leading the […]

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Munsinger talks Collaborative Law on Texas Public Radio

August 12, 2016

San Antonio attorney Kim Munsinger recently made an appearance with Julian Schwartz on Texas Public Radio to discuss the process of collaborative divorce, a fresh alternative to the approach of  settling divorces in courtrooms. Munsinger is an expert on the subject and has recently edited our own Collaborative Law—Start to Finish. Collaborative law utilizes tools […]

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TexasBarBooks Products Adapt to New E-filing Mandates

March 3, 2014

The TexasBarBooks staff wants to assure our customers that we have e-filing in mind when it comes to compliance with the Texas Supreme Court mandates that began rolling out on January 1, 2014. Starting with the recent release of the Texas Guardianship Manual’s 2013 Supplement, our products will include all necessary changes, and also have form features […]

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Links Concerning the Recent Net Neutrality Rulings

January 30, 2014

The Net neutrality debate continues to unfold. On January 14, in the Verizon v. FCC case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in imposing “open Internet rules” on the Internet Service Provider (ISP) Verizon Communications, Inc. Currently, all legally permissible information on the Internet […]

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Garner Highlights Wallace’s Musings on Legal Writing

December 4, 2013

Legendary Texas lexicographer Bryan A. Garner has posted an article on the ABA Journal’s website excerpting his long-form interview book Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing.  The excerpts in the article relate to portions of the book that Garner deems relevant to legal writing. Wallace shares his insights on intelligence-based professions […]

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The Pardon O. Henry Campaign Marches On

October 1, 2013

A second formal pardon application has been sent to the Department of Justice on behalf of the long-deceased William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry. P.S. Ruckman, Jr., editor of the PardonPower blog, has posted the submitted application materials in PDF along the sidebar of his site, along with this post reprinting the cover letter he sent to […]

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Free Download! A Look Inside the New Texas Business Organizations Manual

September 17, 2013

This October, TexasBarBooks will launch the new Texas Business Organizations Manual. This resource includes the valuable corporate forms originally published in the Texas Business Entities Forms Manual: Corporations, in addition to new forms useful for limited liability companies and access to nine extensive CLE articles. Click the download button for free access to one of the CLE articles, titled […]

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Navigating the 83rd Regular Session’s Legislation

July 3, 2013

As TexasBarBooks’s staff editors and author committees get to work on folding the legislative changes from the 83rd Regular Session into our publications, let us point out this useful database put together by the Texas Tribune. Simply listed, sortable by category, and linked to every bill’s full text and actions, this tool can perhaps give […]

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