Attn: Download New Forms for Required Disclosures under Amended Discovery Rules

Discovery in suits filed on or after January 1, 2021, is governed by recently amended rules. These amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, which alter a range of procedures and limitations, are contained in the December 23, 2020, order of the Supreme Court of Texas at Misc. Docket No. 20-9153. (Cases filed before January 1, 2021, continue under the old rules.)

Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family & Probate Special Supplement Released

The Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family & Probate special supplement, affecting PJC 218.1–218.3, was made necessary by the 2020 amendments to Tex. R. Civ. P. 277, which require specific findings in parent-child termination proceedings rather than broad-form submissions and which supersede Texas Department of Human Services v. E.B., 802 S.W.2d 647 (Tex. 1990).

Note Regarding Suits to Terminate the Parent-Child Relationship

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. 277 that would require certain specific findings in suits to terminate the parent-child relationship.

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

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”) (https://texasbarpractice.com/product/texas-family-law-practice-manual-2020/). Among other features, this order contains a model of detailed procedures for remote proceedings.

TGM Notice: Identifying Information Required in Filings Pursuant to TRCP § 30.14

TGM Notice: Identifying Information Required in Filings Pursuant to TRCP § 30.14 Written byTexas Bar Books Staff Share this Post The Texas Guardianship Manual committee has posted the following notice in regards to the latest supplement: Identifying Information Required in Filings Pursuant to TRCP § 30.14 Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 30.014 mandates: (a) In a civil action filed in a district court, county court, or statutory county court, each party or the party’s attorney shall include in its initial pleading: (1) the last three numbers of the party’s driver’s license number, if the party has been issued a driver’s license; and (2) the last three numbers of the party’s social security number, if the party has been issued a social security number. The provision is not applicable to guardianship pleadings filed in a statutory probate court, and guardianship proceedings initiated in a statutory probate court are not required to include this identifying information. However, some statutory probate courts, by local practice, may still expect or require such information to be included. For matters filed in a court other than a statutory probate court, the identifying information must be included in the pleadings as dictated by section 30.014. The forms …

Updated Word Form Collaborative Law —Start to Finish

An updated Word form for Collaborative Law—Start to Finish is available for download.

Click the download button below for a zip file containing the updated version of Form 12. Save the file to the desktop and extract the Word document without modifying its file name.