Establishing rights to your child should be as simple as putting your name on the birth certificate, but it’s not, in fact it’s just the starting point. If you have a child and your name is on the birth certificate, congratulations – now you need a court order establishing parentage, and here’s why:
You are in an initial consultation with a fabulous Texas probate lawyer and as you discuss fees they mention the need to plan for the attorney ad litem (“AAL”) fees. So what exactly is an attorney ad litem? What does an attorney ad litem do in a Texas heirship case? And most important – why are you cutting the attorney ad litem a check a few months from now?
The current political climate around the immigration debate often requires that I include the word “business” in my elevator speech about the type of law I practice. Even fellow attorneys have misconceptions about what it is an immigration lawyer does.