Breaking News

User-Friendly Divorce Forms? Texas Supreme Court Getting ‘Consumer-friendly’
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court’s efforts to create and authorize a user-friendly divorce forms for litigant came up for discussion during a meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court. At the meeting, recommendations from a task force called Solutions 2012, aimed at helping low-income Texans gain access to justice were reviewed.

However, apparently, the lawyer community is not happy. G. Thomas Vick, a Weatherford attorney wrote in an opening letter to the report, “If the practice of law in Texas is to be reduced to set of check-the-box forms, and our judiciary is to become a network of do-it-yourself help centers, then it seems that the lawyers of this state ought to have input in that decision.” Incidentally, Thomas Vick is also a co-chairman of the Task force and has been a constant voice of dissent.

The chairman of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee, Charles ‘Chip’ Babcock said “The state doesn’t have do-it-yourself divorce paperwork sanctioned by the Texas Supreme Court, but people often go online to find forms and try to figure out complicated family law on their own.”

  
What
Where


Philip Vickers, a commercial lawyer at the Cantey Hanger Law firm in Fort Worth told the media that low-income people, who cannot afford an attorney, but are also not eligible for Legal Aid services, often end up handling their own divorces. Vickers has been urging pro bono efforts.

Though Texas already has a few court-approved forms for other issues like seized property etcetera, this would be a first attempt of its kind to create a uniform, entry-level litigation type form.

There are many questions raised around the issue including the change in forms with changes in current law and worries that people without legal expertise would make mistakes in filling out the forms correctly.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




However, as shown by recent studies, eLawyering has come of age, and there are a number of law firms running portals with pre-litigation forms that reduce costs of paperwork for litigants. In fact the American Bar Association has also created an annual award for innovations in eLawyering.





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Attorney with 7-10 years of business litigation experience

USA-CA-Century City

Small to mid-size Century City law firm is seeking an attorney with 7 - 10 years of business litigat...

Apply Now

Trust and Estate Attorney with 5-8 Years Experience

USA-MA-Wellesley

Mid-sized law firm in Wellesley is seeking a trust and estate attorney with 5-8 years of experience....

Apply Now

Project Finance and Energy Attorney with 6 years of experience

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of top firm seeks class 2012 associate with energy and project finance experience.

Apply Now

IP Patent Prosecution Agent with 2-4 years of physics experience

USA-WI-Milwaukee

Milwaukee office of our client seeks IP patent prosecution agent with 2-4 years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Corporate / Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH

USA-NH-Lebanon

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate / commercial attorney to join its Lebanon o...

Apply now

Business Law Junior Associate | Burlington, VT

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Commercial an...

Apply now

Business Law Associate | Burlington

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience to join its very busy pr...

Apply now

Trademark & Business Law Associate | Burlington, Vermont

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC (DRM) is seeking an Associate attorney with 1-3 years of trademark and tra...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top