Different from other areas of family law, adoption can be a rewarding situation for all parties involved. Parents are expanding their family and providing opportunities for children in need. Children of an unplanned pregnancy are given new opportunities. Stepparents and stepchildren are capable of strengthening their legal ties — providing them both with the same legal rights and obligations as the biological parent-child relationship.
However, the very complex process of adopting a child can become tainted due to technical and procedural requirements that can affect the success of the adoption — or jeopardize the adoption in the future.
Hiring a knowledgeable Central Texas child adoption lawyer can provide you with peace of mind. Representing Austin & Central Texas clients in a range of family law matters, The Valentine Law Firm is equipped to provide you with the knowledgeable legal guidance you need through the child adoption process.
The Valentine Law Firm is available to handle the legal issues in all types of private and open adoptions for clients in Texas, including:
Finalizing the Adoption
The Valentine Law Firm is here to make sure every aspect of the child adoption process is as smooth as possible. Call (512) 300-5240 to arrange a FREE initial consultation to discuss your needs with a Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill adoption and family law attorney.
It’s never easy to cope with the physical and emotional impact of a serious car wreck. Making matters worse, car accident victims often face overwhelming debt due to steep medical bills and lost income. The Texas car accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can alleviate the stress by answering your claims-related questions and helping you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our car accident lawyers have a reputation for aggressive settlement negotiations and tough litigation. We are passionate about helping our clients recover the maximum compensation from those who have harmed them. Call us today at 512-300-5240 to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Texas Car Accident Cases We Handle
The best car accident attorneys in Central Texas tend to be those who have successfully handled a variety of claims. Each case is unique, and it takes experience and finely tuned legal strategies to overcome the hurdles standing between accident victims and a fair settlement.
The personal injury lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm are seasoned litigators who assist clients in the following types of auto accident cases:
Do I Have Grounds for a Car Accident Claim?
If you intend to file a claim, it must be proven that the other driver owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care. All motorists on Texas roads have a duty to drive safely and avoid reckless behaviors that would put other people in danger. They breach this duty of care when they:
If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you have incurred as a result. Unfortunately, even if it seems obvious that another person is liable for your damages, you still might run into a dispute at some point during the claims process. This is where the Texas car accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can help.
We know the strategies used by insurance companies and defendants in car accident cases to reduce their liability. Insurance adjusters might try to manipulate you into making a recorded statement that can be used against you. They might offer a low settlement before you know the full extent of your injuries. They might even review your social media profiles for images that can be used to dispute the severity of your injuries.
No matter what the insurance adjuster tells you, the insurance company is likely not on your side when you file a claim against them. You should never speak to the insurance adjuster—and you certainly should not accept a settlement offer—without consulting an experienced car accident attorney.
The team at The Valentine Law Firm is here to answer your questions and guide you through the claims process. We will handle correspondence with the insurance company so they cannot take advantage of you. We will perform a thorough investigation into your case, gather evidence before it becomes unavailable, speak with eyewitnesses, and aggressively represent your interests during settlement negotiations.
How Much Is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
No attorney in Texas can guarantee a specific outcome for your case. It is important to know that there are numerous factors that will influence whether your claim is successful and the amount of compensation you ultimately recover. Those factors include:
Award-Winning Car Accident Lawyers
At The Valentine Law Firm we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe us nothing unless we win your case. Many Texas auto accident cases are settled without going to court. But when choosing a personal injury attorney for your accident, it is important to know what kind of trial experience your lawyer can offer if your case does require litigation. Our experienced trial attorneys will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.
Time is of the essence in any car accident claim. If you were hurt or lost a family member in a car accident in Texas, turn to The Valentine Law Firm for reliable legal guidance. Call 512-300-5240 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill
Very few forces can match the devastating impact of an accident with a semi-truck. Victims who are lucky enough to survive often suffer brain trauma, broken bones, soft tissue damage, and other life-changing injuries. If you were hurt in a big rig crash that you did not cause, the Texas truck accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can help you pursue the maximum compensation for lost income, medical bills, and other damages you have incurred.
We will treat you as if you are our only client. Our truck accident lawyers will meticulously investigate your case, interview witnesses, and aggressively represent your interests during settlement negotiations. Call us today at (512) 300-5240 for a free consultation.
Types of Texas Truck Accident Claims Our Truck Accident Lawyers Handle:
Commercial truckers are some of the most experienced drivers on the road, but they’re certainly not immune to collisions. There are countless factors that contribute to 18-wheeler wrecks, but the vast majority stem from driver errors.
Our personal injury attorneys handle all types of truck accident claims in Texas including:
Truck Accidents Due to Spilled Cargo
Overloaded Truck Accidents
Truck Rollover Accidents
Truck Accidents Involving Wide Turns
Truck Accidents Due to Tire Blowouts
Truck Accidents Due to Fatigue
Truck Accidents Due to Brake Failure
Blind Spot Truck Accidents
Truck Accidents Due to Inadequate Driver Training
Truck Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
What Sets the Lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm Apart from Other Truck Accident Attorneys in Texas?
Truck accident claims can be incredibly complex for a variety of reasons. After most collisions involving regular vehicles, a negligent driver is usually liable for the damages. But in truck accident claims, it is often the case that a party other than the truck driver can be held liable.
Depending on the facts surrounding your collision, you may have grounds for a claim against:
The truck driver;
The company that employs the truck driver;
The owner of the truck;
A mechanic who worked on the truck;
The company that manufactured the truck or its parts;
The company that loaded the truck; or
Officials at a weigh station.
To give your claim the best chance of success, the Texas truck accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm will perform a thorough investigation into your collision to identify all potentially liable parties.
We will gather all available evidence to prove negligence and liability, which may include:
Weigh station receipts;
Receipts for gas and food;
Toll booth receipts;
The truck driver’s cell phone records;
Bills of lading;
Black box data;
Expert witness testimony;
The accident report; and
Photos and videos of the crash scene.
Expert witness testimony often plays a critical role in truck accident cases. The attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can arrange testimony from accident reconstruction experts, engineers, medical experts, and financial experts.
Insurance companies throughout Texas know that our attorneys provide comprehensive and aggressive legal representation. We are not afraid to take your case to trial, and our willingness to go the extra mile for each of our clients often results in fair settlements offer early in the proceedings.
Do I Have Grounds for a Truck Accident Claim?
If you intend to bring a claim against the truck driver or another party that contributed to your accident, you will need evidence to prove that the defendant breached a duty of care owed to you, and this breach of duty resulted in your injury or loss. Breaching a duty of care is also called “negligence.”
See How Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Today by Calling (512) 300-5240
At The Valentine Law Firm, we know how challenging it can be to cope with the physical and psychological impact of a serious injury. Although no amount of compensation can undo the trauma you and your family have experienced, you may be able to avoid debt and regain your financial footing by filing a personal injury claim.
During your free initial consultation, our lawyers will assess your case and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed. We are passionate about helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death pursue justice and compensation from those who have harmed them. Call us today at (512) 300-5240 or use our contact form to set up a free consultation.
Change is tough.
Change is tough and everyone knows it. Whether you are going through an adoption or getting a divorce, the change will be difficult for your family to cope with. Due to state and country laws, this process can seem unnecessarily difficult. You just want to make sure that you have your families best interests in mind.
Here at The Valentine Law Firm, we assist with everything from divorces, child support, alimony, child custody, to adoptions.
We know that you can't and shouldn't go through it alone and so we're here to help.
Our Attorney Margarita Tapia has a wealth of experience and has always known she wanted to help others. The most important part of letting someone into your family is having someone who cares. She's available for a consultation and is ready and willing to make sure your family has the best family law attorney by their side. Her and the rest of the team offer a FREE consultation of your situation.
To learn more about what and how we can help visit our Family Law Page
If you are going through a divorce then let our team of experienced, caring, Central Texas attorneys be on your side. Learn more about Divorce on our Divorce Page.
Don't hesitate in contacting us. We're here to help.
The child support attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm will help divorcing parents when the child support obligations are unknown. Many divorcing parents or newly separated parents wonder what their child support obligations will be. Child support is mainly based on income but it is also heavily influenced by the parenting time arrangement. There are also certain expenses, including day care and health care insurance that play a part in determining the appropriate amount support. While there are strict guidelines, there are certain exceptions to the rules that we understand and may be able to apply to your case. Once we evaluate your circumstances we can explain your options and develop a strategy in regards to the amount of child support that is ordered.
Child Support Modifications
According to Federal child support law you are entitled to have your child support obligation reviewed every three years. It is important that you consult with a professional, such as one of our child support lawyers, to understand both the law and your options from the beginning. Many times a child support order can be modified if the custodial arrangement or parenting time schedule has been changed by the parties. We always recommend that you keep both a journal and a calendar so you know the details of the custodial arrangement or parenting time schedule and are able to present these details to the court if necessary. It is vital that all options are explored and all potential support modifications are calculated correctly from the onset. Contact us to learn more and speak with one of our experienced child support attorneys.
Ways that social media posts can be used in your family law matter
There has been an increase in the use of social media in family law cases. When you are going through a divorce, custody, or placement battle what you post on social media networks can come back and show up in court.
What you can do to protect yourself
1. Shut down or disable your account. The best thing to do is to stop using social media prior to and during your family law case. There is certainly a possibility that screenshots or copies have been made of your profile/comments/pictures, etc. Shutting down the account will also help you resist the temptation to post or comment during the process.
2. Check your Privacy Settings. If you are not going to shut down the social media accounts then you need to check and double check your privacy settings. Limit the people that can see your posts, comments, pictures, etc. Keep in mind that while tightening up your privacy settings can help, this does not guarantee that spouse/former partner will not still find a way to access this information through a friend, relative, or co-worker.
3. Change your password. Make sure you change your password to something that your spouse/former partner does not know. Deactivating an account or changing your privacy settings is useless if your spouse/former partner has the password to your account and can help themselves to any information they want.
4. Delete potentially damaging information. Take down posts, pictures, etc. that could possibly be used against you. Look through your “friends” and unfriend anyone that you don’t know or is in the same circle as your spouse/former partner.
5. Think before you post. Before you post, comment, tag a picture, etc. think about what you are doing, and if this information could be potentially damaging to your family law case. Avoid any posts about the family law matter, your spouse/former partner, and your children.
6. Be up front with your attorney. If you know that there is potentially damaging information on any of your social media accounts, share this information with your attorney so you and your attorney can create a plan on how to deal with this information.
If you have questions regarding your family law matter contact one of the experienced family law attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm.
Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill Divorce Attorney
Divorce is one of the most difficult and challenging experiences a person will ever have to go through in life. It can affect all aspects of one’s existence, from your physical well being to your emotional, psychological and financial stability. Divorce is never easy, yet it can definitely be made easier with the support and professional assistance of a skilled divorce attorney. Having worked within the field of family and divorce for years within the state of Texas, Cedar Park divorce firm The Valentine Law Firm has experienced a wide spectrum of cases involving divorce, spousal support, alimony, child custody and child support. With many years of combined experience working within this field, the lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm are experts in the field of divorce and family law.
Find the Right Lawyer For you
Aligning yourself with the right divorce attorney may be the best thing you can possibly do for yourself during this difficult time. It is essential that you fully understand your rights as an individual and as a parent. The Valentine Law Firm prides itself on empowering our clients to fully comprehend the divorce litigation process and their own personal rights within it. In order to protect yourself, your children and your financial assets, make partnering with a skilled and professional divorce and family law attorney your number one priority and assure a favorable outcome to your situation.
Central Texas' The Valentine Law Firm has a proven track record of achieving legal success in a diversity of divorce proceedings. We are experts in Texas-specific laws pertaining to divorce and both our clients and colleagues recognize us for having a compassionate yet aggressive approach to representation. We fully understand the delicate nature of the divorce process and will take the time to listen to you, answer your questions and empower you with necessary knowledge.
Hiring An Experienced Attorney
When you combine the differing personalities and priorities of two individuals wishing to end their marriage along with emotional distress, financial upheaval and the dissolution of a family, it’s no surprise that divorces can turn ugly. Divorce proceedings are sensitive, emotional matters that require great skill and patience. With differing perspectives, the litigation process can often become convoluted and messy, so it is important to have the legal counsel of a respected divorce attorney to help you maneuver through without feeling overwhelmed and powerless.
In the state of Texas, certain state-specific laws apply when seeking a divorce and the resultant legal requirements of spousal support or alimony, child support, division of marital property and child custody. It is a complex issue and requires a clear understanding of Texas divorce and family law.
Covering Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill. Contact us at (512) 300-5240
1. Call the police
Wherever you are, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill. You need a verbal report of what happened. If anybody is injured, you need EMS on the way. The police will also be able to include everyones facts in their report. While police may sometimes suggest that because there are no catastrophic injuries, they do not need to come out, you should still insist. If they decide not to come out, that's ok, the important thing is that you made the 911 call.
All 911 calls are recorded and in the event that it is needed, we can call the local police station, obtain the call and possibly use it as evidence.
2. Don't admit to anything
We Texans like to apologize but if any witnesses are nearby, and they hear you apologize, they will assume that you are at fault. Don't make any admissions of guilt and tell your story only to the officer.
3. don't make a recorded statement
Whether to the insurance company or the other involved company. Nothing good comes from a recorded statement when your attorney is not on the line. Recorded statements can be used against you.
4. Seek medical attention within 48 hours
There is nothing wrong with going to the hospital after an accident. Whether you have health insurance or not you should always make sure to seek medical attention if you are involved in an accident and the accident is not your fault. You will be compensated for all of your medical treatment.
If there is a time gap, it makes it more difficult to correlate injuries to the accident.
Due to the nature of the trade, the construction industry is one of the few work places where employees are exposed to dangerous and hazardous conditions on a daily basis. Despite having safety regulations, protective gear and equipment, thousands of workers are involved in construction accidents, and as a result, suffer severe injuries and death.
Injury and wrongful death is often the result of construction site accidents in Texas
In the U.S., statistics show that 1 out of 10 construction workers is injured each year, and over 1,200 suffer a wrongful death. Falls from scaffolds is the leading cause of traumatic injuries and deaths in construction sites.
Accidents in Texas May Result in this type of Injury
Common injuries from a construction accident may include, but not limited to:
Our attorneys will help you compile medical documents, income tax returns, paystubs, invoices and receipts related to your accident, and other evidence to prove the value of your damages. We can also arrange testimony from financial and medical experts.
Discuss Your Case with a Construction Accident Lawyer in Central Texas Today!
If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a construction crash, turn to The Valentine Law Firm for comprehensive and compassionate legal guidance. Call 512-300-5240 or use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
At The Valentine Law Firm, we have a powerful & knowledgeable team that'll treat you like family. Read more about the team that makes it possible for you and your family to feel safe this holiday season: About Us.
With years of experience and a plethora of wins and families that are doing better today than they were before us, we are the team to trust to make sure your case is treated with the utmost importance.
From personal injury to car accidents and 18 wheeler wrecks, we are the experts to help and we are determined to win for you.
Contact us today for a free consultation.