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The Fight For Open Carry Weapons

As San Antonian’s, we are intensely protective of our rights. The right to speak, worship, and live when and where we want is important to each of us. One rights issue that might set off the simmering tinderbox on which it rests revolves around the 2nd Amendment of our United States Constitution. In the summer of 2015, the Texas State Legislature passed a sweeping new law that significantly broadened our already permissive concealed carry laws. Starting in the first week of January, citizens of Texas who already possess a CCL license will now be able to openly carry their handguns (in hip or shoulder holsters) most anywhere in the state, including parks, civic buildings, and private businesses. In August of 2016, the law will also allow for open carry of weapons on public university campuses, in certain areas.  […]

Equality in Marriage Still Requires These 5 Legal Documents

We are just over three months into same sex marriage being the law of the land. Individuals across the United States are finally able to put the legal seal of approval on their familial relationship. As couples walk down the aisle or celebrate at their city halls, it’s important to point out that receiving your marriage certificate is an important step, but that there are other legal documents you will need to research and decide on adopting for the protection of your spouse, children, and other family members. A Kids Protection Plan We all want to believe we will live a long life. At the very least, we certainly expect to live to an age where our children will have passed through adolescence into adulthood. A Kids Protection Plan (KPP) is a legal document that spells out who will act as guardian for your children should both you and your spouse die unexpectedly. In addition to providing for long-term guardianship, a KPP can also spell out who the immediate guardian will be (close local friends, neighbors, etc.) so that your children never have to be removed from the home and placed in the care of strangers or be held as wards of the state until the permanent guardian can take custody of your children.  […]

A Brewing Storm

For fans of the froth, the recent boom in microbreweries around the state has been very warmly welcomed. San Antonio has had its share of upstart breweries offering perfectly balanced IPA’s and smooth ales as well. Names like Freetail Brewing, The Granary, and Alamo Beer Company, (among others) are proving that San Antonio is just as skilled at producing fine brews as our sister cities to the north and east. This story, however, has to do with law in the state that bars microbreweries from selling their product to end consumers directly from their place of business. Texas’ microbreweries have to sell their product to re-sellers (bars), or work with distributors who place their product in retail locations. The Deep Ellum Brewing Company, based in Dallas’ historic east-of-downtown live music conclave, is taking the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to court with a federal lawsuit they recently filed. Their tactics, however, are certainly unique.  […]

You’re Good…Just Not A&M Good

The university in College Station (and it’s system-affiliated schools located around the state of Texas) is a well regarded institution of higher learning. Texas A&M has graduated some of the finest engineers, scientists, and other professionals throughout its storied history. What Texas A&M was not known for was producing competent recipients of the Juris Doctor degree. That is until 2013 when Texas A&M acquired the private law school run by Texas Wesleyan University in downtown Fort Worth, for a reported $73.2 million. This hefty price tag granted Texas A&M the law school and its accreditation status all the way back to 1994. It is this last fact, and how Texas A&M is treating Wesleyan Law School grads that is getting the school in a bit of hot water. This is because Texas A&M, with its 2 years of law school graduates, is touting the impressive amount of pro bono work done (120,000 hours valued at over $2.4 million) by Texas A&M Law School graduates.  […]

An Infamous Artifact

It was only two years ago that we, as a nation and, (more specifically), as Texans, reflected on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of this nation’s 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It was a sad stain on our history and a bizarre weekend of characters and incidences that still haven’t been fully understood by the masses. The live, on-air murder of the accused assassin just two days after the shock of the public attack was too much to comprehend. But the weird trajectory of the story didn’t stop there and it required a passionate individual and his skilled attorneys to bring it to its conclusion this month. […]

Go With A Pro or Save Some Dough?

Our legal system is set up in such a way that defendants and plaintiffs are not barred from representing themselves before the court. The idea of going Pro Se is that the litigant either believes the proceeding will be so clear cut that self-representation will be just as easy as hiring a licensed attorney, or they feel they simply can’t afford the expense of securing legal representation. It has been said that he who represents himself has a fool for a client. Regardless of the nature of the court case, it is important to realize that even a licensed attorney would likely not opt to represent themselves. With the amount of research and untold document filings required for a comprehensive representation, it just makes sense to hire an individual that is completely comfortable with the legal system and the specific jurisdiction in which your case will be heard.  […]

Invitation to Voices for Children of San Antonio Event

A couple of months ago, I wrote about a fantastic organization here in the San Antonio area: Voices for Children of San Antonio. Of course, I may be a bit biased because I happen to be a board member of this great organization that seeks to give advantage to the most disadvantaged children in and around the San Antonio area. VCSA operates with the mission that when we help the least among us, we all reap the reward by breaking the cycles of poor education, poverty, violence, and diminished opportunity. Established almost 20 years ago, Voices for Children of San Antonio is a research and advocacy organization focused on bettering the lives of San Antonio’s most vulnerable young children. As advocates, we reach out to the local and state government level as well as to independent agencies and direct-service organizations. Our advocacy is supported by our research endeavors. We provide our collected data to the governments, agencies, and organizations referenced above, all with the aim of developing strategies to combat child abuse, improve early childhood education, and increase the prioritization of each San Antonio child’s general health and welfare.  […]

10 Tips For Hiring The Right Divorce Attorney For You

As with any professional relationship, hiring a San Antonio divorce attorney is as much about your comfort with them as it is about their overall expertise. Most people who have had to resort to hiring a divorce attorney are more angry or depressed or vulnerable than they usually are in their day-to-day lives. This list will help you to sidestep pitfalls brought on by high emotion and allow you to navigate the hiring process in as rational a manner as possible. 1. You’re The Boss First and foremost, it is important to remember, when stepping into a legal office teaming with support staff and decorated in the conservative trappings a law office is typically known for, to NOT be intimidated. The attorney is the person interviewing for a job. As an interviewer seeking service from an attorney, prepare ahead of time. We’ll cover specific preparation in the next couple points. […]

Legal Experts and Law Enforcement Decry Texas ‘Cop Watcher’ Bill

As lawmakers for the state of Texas only meet every other year, we are currently witness to a flurry of activity coming out of Austin right now. From the budget to open carry to enhanced border security, the legislation has been fairly predictable. However, HB 2918, proposed by Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dist. 114), seems to want to chip away at the protections surrounding the recording of police while in the midst of performing their duties. Dubbed the ‘Cop Watcher’ bill, the legislation intends to establish a 25-foot buffer zone around police, within which it would be illegal to record. Taking into account the open carry legislation wending its way through the capitol, Villalba increased that buffer zone to 100-feet for any citizen possessing a gun on their person. […]

Support for Voices for Children of San Antonio

If you’ve read any of our previous blogs, you may have noticed how we like to focus on interesting stories that pertain to the law and how they might affect you, the reader. At Wilson Brown, our commitment to competent representation of our clients is the sole reason we established our practice over 25 years ago. While we are proud professionals offering a service to those in need of legal assistance, we are, first and foremost, citizens of the great city of San Antonio. As such, we seek opportunities where we can give back to the community and we’d like to tell you about one organization that holds a special place of importance to us: Voices for Children of San Antonio. Established almost 20 years ago, Voices for Children of San Antonio is a research and advocacy organization focused on bettering the lives of San Antonio’s most vulnerable young children. As advocates, we reach out to the local and state government level as well as to independent agencies and direct-service organizations. Our advocacy is supported by our research endeavors. We provide our collected data to the governments, agencies, and organizations referenced above, all with the aim of developing strategies to combat child abuse, improve early childhood education, and increase the prioritization of each San Antonio child’s general health and welfare.  […]