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Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension Funding Crisis Explained by Dallas Employment Attorney Adam Kielich–Part 1

Dallas residents may have discovered over the past several months a financial crisis in their city related to the Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension. Few people really understand pension funding and how pension funding created this billion dollar shortfall for the city. The local news media in Dallas-Fort Worth has done a fairly good job of discussing current activities to try to resolve the financial crisis; but they have generally done a poor job explaining how pension funding caused this crisis. As a Dallas employment attorney with experience working with large pension plans I can delve into the mysterious web...

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Uncontested divorce Fort Worth with Bedford divorce attorney

Uncontested divorce in Fort Worth is a common way to resolve a Tarrant County divorce. For a long time residents in Fort Worth, Arlington, Bedford, Hurst, North Richland Hills and other Tarrant County cities could count on a quick and easy uncontested divorce in the Fort Worth family law courts. Many people opt not to hire a divorce attorney in Fort Worth for an uncontested divorce. Admittedly not every uncontested divorce in Fort Worth needs a divorce attorney. Starting late 2016 things have changed in Fort Worth. As uncontested divorces pile up on the Tarrant County family courts the greater the...

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Supreme Court of Texas Smacks Down Tarrant County District Clerk on Indigent Fees

After six months of contemplation, the Supreme Court of Texas issued its opinion in Campbell et al v. Wilder in which it helped out our local District Clerk understand that zero equals zero. The Supreme Court of Texas instructed the Tarrant County District Clerk in Fort Worth to stop its policy of abusing poor people in the county by manufacturing unconstitutional interpretations of court orders to charge filing fees after the court declared the fees waived. Let's talk more about this policy and how the Supreme Court of Texas made the right decision to order the Tarrant County District Clerk...

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What’s all this Texas efiling stuff about, anyway?

My post discussing how to convert Word documents into text recognition PDFs for Texas court efilings must have touched a nerve because since the post went up I have received several emails about it. Most were kind signs of gratitude but all of them came with some complaint about the Texas courts efiling system. Like those who reached out to me, I also have a long list of complaints about the Texas efiling system. I remain hopeful that the efiling system will continue to improve. Hopefully, in the long run efiling system will make interactions with Texas courts, as both...

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Podcast Ep. 3: Social Media and Litigation in Texas

Episode three of The Kielich Law Firm Podcast is up on YouTube. This episode covers the subject of social media and litigation. Social media is pervasive in our society. People dump an enormous amount of information into their social media accounts. This information is hard to take back. It can be a tremendous weapon in litigation, whether it is a divorce, an employment suit, a personal injury suit, or other employment claims brought in litigation in a Texas court. This podcast episode will highlight some of the ways social media is used in litigation. Looking for a Fort Worth, Bedford,...

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5 FMLA Myths You Might Believe in Texas by Fort Worth employment attorney Adam Kielich

Employment lawyers like myself deal with my fair share of FMLA cases for clients. (Probably more than my fair share in Dallas and Fort Worth.) Among those FMLA claims I see employers violate FMLA often because the employer was ignorant of FMLA regulations or had serious misconceptions about FMLA. I also get plenty of calls from employees who believe their employer violated FMLA but the employee misunderstood his or her rights under FMLA. Today's post is a helping of debunking so people can better understand their FMLA rights. 1. My employer has to approve FMLA leave when I ask for it. Remember The...

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Hilarious/Awesome lawyer’s ad from the Super Bowl (not in Texas)

Ok, it's the day after the Super Bowl and we're all disappointed by the blow out (minus Seahawk fans) and the span of advertisements. I mean really, were these not the most disappointing ads? Does anybody understand why at the end of the Doritos commercial with the dog and the kids why the mom is cheering that the dog is eating her chips and the kids are tying each other up? That would not have made my mom cheer. Funny attorney ad Well, if you were in Savannah, Georgia your Super Bowl commercial experience was very different. Attorney Casino bought out the...

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Snowy Conditions but the Law Must Go on: Bedford, Texas office hours

I don't have to tell you how cold and wintery it is outside. Where I live in Keller, there's about three inches of snow/ice/sleet/whatever on the ground. I assume it's about the same in Bedford at the office. Today's post is a brief note to clients and people looking for a lawyer for a wrongful termination claim in Fort Worth or Dallas that I am working from home today. I am available by email or the contact form on this website. I can check voicemails on my office number but I do not have the ability to answer calls on it. If...

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Government shutdown, what does it mean for the courts? Texas labor lawyer explains

Unless you've been living in a remote New Hampshire cabin you have seen something about the government shutdown. There's plenty of debate about who is to blame and how to climb back out of the shutdown. A lot of media attention has been on the shutdown of nonessential functions and less on federal agencies. While most people are not directly affected by the shutdown, a lot of businesses are impacted by the shutdown because they need to interact with federal agencies for product approvals, trademark registration and so forth. As regular citizens we don't see a direct impact to a lot of...

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Texas employment lawyer on 9/11 Anniversary 2013

9/11 reminds people of an incredibly painful day in our nation's history. Even for those of us who did not experience the tragedy firsthand, but rather watched it on TV, it was still an incredibly painful experience. Certainly nobody experienced greater pain than those who lost loved ones. However, we should also not forget the workers and people downwind from the collapsing towers who suffered long term and chronic health conditions as a result in exposure to the dust from the wreck of the collapsed towers. Fortunately, after years of hard work, serious efforts finally began to pay the health care...

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