Litigation

Recovering Attorney’s Fees in Texas

Many potential litigants believe the prevailing party to a lawsuit is always entitled to recover attorney’s fees from the other side.  Contrary to this popular belief, the general rule in our American legal system is that each party must pay its own legal fees, unless a specific rule provides otherwise.  Even when the law does […]

Puttering on about drones

Subsequent to the posting of this article, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a case styled John A. Taylor v. Michael P. Huerta and the Federal Aviation Administration vacated the requirement that drones flown for recreational purposes must be registered with the FAA. Therefore, the new requirements referenced in the […]

Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP | Dallas, TX

Trial by “Special Judge”

Under Chapter 151 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code, parties to any civil litigation, including probate litigation, may choose to conduct a trial before a “Special Judge” instead of proceeding to trial before the probate court or a jury, and instead of pursuing expensive arbitration. The requirements for trial by special judge follow: The […]

Chris WIlmoth | Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP

Advantages of trial by “Special Judge”

Under Chapter 151 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code, parties to any civil litigation, including probate litigation, may choose to retain a “Special Judge” instead of proceeding to trial before the court or a jury.  In a 2015 article appearing in Headnotes, published by the Dallas Bar Association,  Judge Marty Lowy (Former) analyzed the […]