Legal Technology, Free CLE, Modern Mediation, Legal Humor + Political Endorsements BelowBy Mediator Tom King

FAMILY LAW IN THE NEWS

You just can't make this stuff up!

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NEW BRANDING

We will rebrand this newsletter as the "Toolkit.law Newsletter" focused on our free global CLE, modern global mediation, free legal technology, additional modern legal technology, and legal humor. Please add toolkit@toolkit.law to your spam filters as accepted.

LEGAL HUMOR

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Joke: What’s the difference between a cat and a lawyer? One is an arrogant creature who will ignore you and treat you with contempt unless it can get something out of you. The other is a household pet.


Joke: My wife accused me of being a terrible lawyer. I couldn’t defend myself.

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New Bookmark: Texas Jurisdictions' Resources

Bookmark our new "Texas Jurisdictions" page with resources for all 254 Texas counties and 60 Texas cities. Let us know if we need to add anything to your jurisdiction's resource page.

NEW FREE CLE SCHEDULE

Starting in 2023, every January we launch our Legal Technology CLE and every July we launch our ADR/Mediation CLE. These will be free, 20 hours each, and approved for all 50 states in America ... plus the other 70+ countries with English-centric legal systems - a global CLE first! Get 20 hours free now!

GADGETS OF THE MONTH


NEW FREE SOFTWARE PLATFORM

We soft launch the Toolkit.law free legal software platform in October and officially in January. It will feature free resources, free legal calculators, free cle webinars, access to 15+ types of legal professionals/services and more. Two years in development, the Toolkit.law App will also allow legal professionals (i.e., mediators, process servers, PIs, etc.) to be listed for free.

Mediation Services: Tom King, J.D. 

Attorney and Mediation Law Professor Tom King offers Half-Day Mediations weekdays 9 am, 1 pm and 6 pm for $400/party with a 92% success rate. Drive-By Mediation weekdays at 8 am & 5 pm are $150/party. Book online and share with colleagues and courts. If you like our free CLE, resources, and newsletter ... try Tom once and share him with others.

Name This Symbol!

According to the Google Official Icon Collection, the symbol to the right is the universal icon for "Alternative Dispute Resolution" (ADR) and/or "Mediation". You'll see this in our new software branding next month.

NEW TOOLKIT.LAW FREE WATCH FACE

We are releasing this month our free watch face for all Google Wear OS and Samsung Galaxy Watch4-5 series smart watches. Next month we release the same for Samsung Galaxy Watch1-3 series watches running the Tizen OS and for the Apple WatchOS.


2022 Harris County Family Courts & Contacts Helpsheet

It is back and updated! Click here to download, share, print and laminate. Courts and Contacts, send me any corrections!

Harris County Judicial Endorsements

For the first time, I am endorsing candidates in November's Texas election. I joined attorney Greg Enos in helping defeat 280th District Judge Barbara Stalder in her primary. Yes, I'm conservative, but I proudly endorse these problem-solving 9 democrats, 8 republications regardless of affiliation.

245th: Angela Lancelin (OAG Attorney) D

246th: Angela Graves-Harrington (Incumbent; admin. judge) D

247th: Janice Berg (Incumbent) D

256th: Sandra Peake (Incumbent) D

280th: Rose Cardenas (but both candidates & friends) R


308th: Todd Frankfort (board certified) R

309th: Jesus Guillen (HC County ADA) R

310th: Sonya Health (Incumbent) D

311th: Germaine Tanner (Incumbent) D

312th: Quyen Pham (experienced family attorney) R


313th: Rachael Leal-Hudson (also Masters in Social Work) R

314th: Cindy Hide R

315th: Leah Shapiro (incumbent) D


District Attorney: Kim Ogg (Incumbent; known for 30 years)D

District Clerk: Marilyn Burgess (Incumbent)D

County Judge: Alexandra del Moral Mealer (West Point, Army, Harvard JD/MBA) R

Texas Supreme Court Place 9: Evan Young R

TWO FREE CLE WEBINARS ONLINE 24/7

20 hours each. Online, on demand 24/7. Watch in your pandemic-free pajamas. Self-report after you watch entire CLE. 


New Partner: Paralegal.EDU

Paralegal.EDU offers live, face-to-face online paralegal certificate or degree classes that you can finish in 8 months. They also offer traditional classes in Houston weekday mornings and Saturdays. See Paralegal.edu.

Recommend Tom King to Your Courts

Share Tom's court appointment packet with them! It includes proof that Tom has completed the statutorily required "Family Violence Dynamics" 4-hour training for mediators hearing custody cases (so your family MSAs don't get thrown out).

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Getting Bad MSAs Thrown Out

Filing in late on a case that has already a bad custody resolution in the MSA? Subpoena the mediator for a case involving custody to prove they meet these requirements at the time of mediation! Then schedule with Tom!

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Legal Humor

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Joke: Lawyer: "Now that you have been acquitted, will you tell me truly: Did you steal the car?" Client: "After hearing your amazing argument in court this morning. I’m beginning to think I didn’t."


Joke: The trouble with the legal profession is that 98% of its members give the other 2% a bad name.


Joke: A man walked into a bar with his alligator and asked the bartender, “Do you serve lawyers here?” “Sure do,” replied the bartender. “Good,” said the man. “Give me a beer, and I’ll have a lawyer for my gator.”

THANK OUR PARNTERS

Thank these partners who underwrite all our FREE resources and CLE events:


  1. Brazilco Litigation Services
  2. Brubaker & Associates property appraisals
  3. Children 4 Tomorrow: Supervised Visitation
  4. Co-Parenting Into the Future court accepted, bilingual co-parenting course
  5. DocHub
  6. J. Richard Claywell, CPA - Biz-Valuation.com
  7. Kane Title, LLC
  8. National Screening Centers
  9. Our Family Wizard
  10. QDRO Services, Inc.
  11. Paralegals Connect
  12. Soberlink
  13. The Mortgage Institute