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Estate Planning Documents

Today is the day that you should review your estate planning documents and decisions. These are difficult conversations to have; however, the sense of relief that you will have once you have these tools in place will be huge.   For a flat fee of $500, our firm prepares your Medical Power of Attorney/Medical Directive, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, Last Will & Testament and Declaration of Guardian.  The process is simple and we can get your documents in final form easily and arrange for a virtual signing so that you are not required to come into our office or expose you and your family unnecessarily.  We are here to work for you.  Please give us a call at (281) 501-1558 or email me directly at diane@styveslaw.com

Child Support and Continued Unemployment

If you have been laid off or permanently furloughed from your work and unable to meet your current child and medical support obligations, we are here to help.  There may be relief for you during these difficult times.  Please call our office at (281) 501-1558 and we can assist in filing the necessary paperwork to get your child support while you are seeking employment.  These are trying times and we know that many are struggling.  Let’s work together so that you can meet your needs and the needs of your children.  You are also welcome to email me directly at diane@styveslaw.com.

Visitation Schedules Amiss?

With the changes to school district calendars, many are confused about how their current visitation schedules will work.  Since most are tied to the school district calendars, this can become a challenge.  Of course, parents are always free to agree to a visitation schedule during these difficult times, making adjustments and working to meet the best interests of the children. If you are unable to reach such an agreement, please call our office and we will work with you to interpret an existing schedule or advise you on adjustments that can be made through the court to better assist you in meeting the needs of the children.  These are challenging and unusual times and we are here to help you through it.  Please call us at (281) 501-1558 or email at diane@styveslaw.com as we can help!

CARES Act

If you are a small business or searching for help with the federal aid programs during the coronavirus.  Please click this link and read about the available programs and how they can help you, your family and/or your business.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/04/02/how-small-businesses-can-get-coronavirus-relief-through-the-cares-act/#101d6b6d7934

 

State Bar Board of Directors, District 4

A year ago today, voting began for State Bar Director for District 4 (Houston). I had already been spreading the word about my campaign for nearly six weeks. I met so many attorneys, attended events, CLE programs, luncheons, brunches and was invited to speak to so many. The result? You elected me.

The better result? I made more friends than I could ever imagine. Over the past year, I have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I have colleagues who refer cases to me and I refer to them. I run into you in airports, restaurants, courthouses, and on the streets of downtown. So…. very cool indeed.

This past year has been educational, trying, frustrating, fun, enjoyable, busy and amazing. While we cannot reach all of our goals in a flash, we have made great strides in working toward solutions.

I thank you for trusting me with this job. Even under the current worldwide circumstances, the State Bar continues to work remotely to meet the needs of our members.

Thank you Randy Sorrels and Larry McDougal for your strong leadership. I am honored to serve with you and so many other leaders.

Changes in Employment or Change of Residence

It is a difficult time we are living through and we are all in this together. The current pandemic situation and economic outlook has caused many to lose their jobs requiring them to move in with family or friends.

If you are one of these unfortunate ones and are working under a custody order, it is imperative that you notify the other party via certified mail/return receipt requested and the Court and Child Support Disbursement via regular mail of your new employment status and your change of address.

Generally the orders require 60 days notice and, if you are unable to provide 60 days notice, you must notify the other parent within five (5) days of the change of employment or change of residence. A text message, email or other unofficial notification will not suffice under the circumstances.

Take this time to thoroughly review your final order and refresh your memory as to your duties and obligations to prevent unnecessary court action. If you need assistance with interpreting provisions of your order, please call us and we will help. Our number is (281) 501-1558 or email me at diane@styveslaw.com #houstonstrong #texasproud

Consultation Fee Waived

Due to the current economic circumstances, our firm is waiving its initial consultation fee.  We at the Law Office of Diane St. Yves hope that you and your family is safe and healthy.  We understand the stress of the current situation and have responded accordingly.  If you would like to speak with me or my staff, please call our office and we will schedule a time to conference that is convenient for you.  Our office can be reached at (281) 501-1558.  Despite operating remotely, we are receiving messages and will respond as quickly as possible.  You can also reach us via email at diane@styveslaw.com.  We look forward to hearing from you. ~ Diane

Family Violence & Difficult Times

This is an ugly topic.  I just finished reading Mekisha Jane Walker’s autobiography of her marriage to an abuser.  Her story is compelling and I highly recommend this book for everyone – for yourself, a family member or a friend.  The book entitled, “Why Did You Stay” is a testimonial and a book in support of those who suffer at the hands of their abuser.  Abuse is not limited to a person’s socioeconomic status, educational status, or their presence in the community.

During these difficult times, it is important to know that you do not have to suffer through the physical violence, mental abuse, and/or other forms of abuse just because you are quarantined or social distancing.  You can leave and leave you must.  There are many groups that will support you and your family if you need to leave.  You can share your “secret” without shame.  You can call 911 and you can get help for you and your family.  If you are in a violent situation, please seek help.  Below are some numbers (other than dialing 911) where you can find help.

Houston Area Women’s Center (713) 528-2121

Women’s Home (713) 521-3150

Star of Hope – Women & Family Emergency Shelter (713) 222-2220

Salvation Army (713) 650-650-6530

The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston (713) 667-4493

If you would like to discuss your options regarding divorce and child custody, please call our office at (281) 501-1558.  We are here to help!

 

 

COVID-19 and Mental Health Issues

This is a very difficult time for everyone in our city, state, country and the world.  Being isolated is difficult enough; however, facing financial crises, concerns about paying bills, stability of relationships and possibly the need to home school makes it even more difficult. During these times, you may find yourself feeling depressed, hopeless, tired, irritable and unable to cope.  We are here to assist and will help guide you through the legal aspects of your concerns and we will help guide you to resources that can help.  You are not alone despite the “social distancing.”

I encourage everyone to take a walk or go for a run, take the children out for fresh air and physical activity and take good physical care of themselves and their families.  We know it is easy to write but not necessarily easy to do.  If you are struggling, please reach out to your primary medical provider, the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255, or find a mental health professional to assist.  If you suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, please contact The Council on Recovery at (713) 942-4100.

Remember, you are not alone….. We are #HoustonStrong and #TexasProud

Our office can always be reached at (281) 501-1558.

Kindest regards, Diane, Ashley, Anna and Evangeline

If you are looking for help understanding family law, business law, or estate and probate law, contact the Law Office of Diane St. Yves, PLLC in Houston, Texas by filling out our contact form or call us at 281-501-1558 today.