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Diaz & Wright, PLLC is committed to the Rule of Law as well as the health of our clients, employees, and the communities we serve as lawyers and judges.
We ask that you adhere to the CDC’s guidelines regarding washing hands, covering your nose and mouth, social distancing, staying at home when sick, and only moving about for essential purposes.
We are open remotely. Our office will not be open to the public.
In 2015, the firm invested in a robust cloud-based infrastructure that allows us to work anywhere in the world. We have issued and signed warrants in Mongolia, filed in the Federal Court while at 37,000 feet, and processed family cases while in South America. So, we can do this. In addition, we have the capacity to conduct client meetings, hearings, and mediations via video conference.
The Courts have issued orders that restrict the hearing of cases to essential matters. We understand that you consider your case essential, but unless it is a criminal magistrate, child protective service case, or criminal
- In-Person proceedings should be delayed until at least May 1. Most courts are delayed until May 15th.
- Courts must not conduct non-essential proceedings in person contrary to local, state, or national directives.
- Essential proceedings include:
- Criminal Magistrate Proceedings
- CPS Removal Proceedings
- Temporary Restraining Orders/ Temporary Injunctions
- Juvenile Detention Hearings
- Family Violence Protective Orders
- Certain Mental Health Proceedings
- Courts are encouraged to use remote video conferencing technology.
- Courts may modify or suspend any and all deadlines and procedures for a stated period ending no later than 30 days after the Governor’s state of disaster has been lifted.
- Actions for evictions are stopped (tolled) until after April 19, 2020.
- Family Code Deadlines may be modified or suspended.
****Note the following regarding exchange of possession of children:
“For purposes of determining a person’s right to possession of and access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule, the original published school schedule shall control in all instances. Possession and access shall not be affected by the school’s closure that arises from an epidemic or pandemic, including what is commonly referred to as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nothing herein prevents parties from altering a possession schedule by agreement if allowed by their court order(s), or courts from modifying their orders.”
– Supreme Court of Texas
Most counties are considering exchange of possession to be “essential” travel.
We understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it will affect your legal matter. We are committed to and will continue to service your needs as the situation continues to evolve. We are monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organizations (WHO), and local sources of information for the most current developments.