Family Law Advocates Serving Williamson County
Only Eleven Williamson County Family Lawyers Are Board Certified. Attorney Terence Davis Makes the Cut.

Forms & Resources

  • What forms do I need to complete before my appointment?

    Divorce Information Form- Complete this form if you are considering or are involved in a divorce proceeding and need representation.

    General Information Form- Complete this form if you are in need of an attorney on any other type of family law issue other than a divorce. Please click here to fill out the general information form.

  • What is the retainer fee or hourly rate to hire Mr. Davis?

    Attorney-Fee Contract - Although the initial retainer fees vary based on the complexity of the case and the work that is required, the range is from $5,000-$10,000 typically. Mr. Davis’s hourly rate is $300 per hour.

  • What is a deposition?

    Explanation of a deposition - A deposition is when a sworn statement is taken from a witness outside of court. There are also sample videos available on our website by visiting the video vault.

  • What is Standard Visitation?

    Standard Visitation is a schedule that was created by the Texas Legislature that most families that go through the court system typically have. Due to its complexity, we have also created a video explaining how it works in our video vault.

  • What is the Children’s Bill of Rights?

    Children’s Bill of Rights is a very common add-on to family law orders. It was designed to be mutually agreed upon things that both parties would do to protect the children’s rights who are going through a divorce.

  • I was served with a Temporary Restraining Order, is this normal?

    Temporary Restraining Order Sample is a tool that is used to generally keep the peace, tell the parties to be nice to each other, and to maintain the status quo until a hearing can be held, which is typically about 14 days from the date it was requested. It is important to read this document closely and then immediately meet with an attorney so that you do not violate any of its provisions.

  • What is Discovery?

    Discovery is a general term used in the litigation world to include depositions, subpoenas, and written requests for information. The discovery period is where most of the heavy lifting, information gathering, and preparation for trial or mediation takes place. Click here for an overview in more detail.

    Depositions were described above, however, click here to get more details about what this looks like.

    Subpoenas are a tool to require parties or third parties to turn over documents or appear at court or for a deposition.

    Written Discovery- There are a variety of tools used to find out information to fully prepare for your case. A general overview is available here.
  • What is Mediation?
    Mediation is a meeting of the parties, their attorneys, and a neutral third party (attorney) who serves to help facilitate a negotiation process that hopefully culminates in resolving the lawsuit.
  • What is a Temporary Orders Hearing?

    Temporary Orders Hearing is a real court trial where witnesses testify and the judge rules on evidence and makes rulings that affect the parties during the litigation process. This hearing usually happens about 14 days after the lawsuit starts but can happen at any time while the case is pending in Court. Due to its complexity, we also have a video in our video vault showing you examples of people testifying. As a result of the hearing, the judge will issue a temporary order. A sample of what this could look like is attached here.

  • What is a Proposed Support Decision or Budget Form For?

    Proposed Budget Form is a document that outlines your income and expenses and is a tool used by the court to determine the level of child support, spousal support, and other financial issues. Please click here to see an explanation of the proposed support decision.

  • What is a Proposed Disposition of Issues Form For?

    Proposed Disposition of Issues Form is a document that outlines your requested relief and is a tool used by the court to make sure they have addressed all of the contested issues and also to determine if there are any agreed items between the parties.

  • What is a Divorce Prove Up Hearing?

    Prove Up Hearing is a short hearing at the end of a divorce case where typically one attorney and their client go to the courthouse on the uncontested docket and get the court to sign the divorce decree after a few simple questions are answered before the court.

  • What is an Inventory?
    Inventory Form is a long checklist of property (assets and liabilities) that each party should compile so that the attorneys can ascertain the community property. The earlier this is completed, the more guidance the attorney can give on how to accomplish your proposed objective.
  • What is Bates Numbering?

    Bates Numbering is a fancy word in the legal word for numbering pages for easy reference throughout the legal process.

  • Where is the Courthouse and What Do I Wear or Not Wear?

    Court House Decorum is a easy to follow list of things not to wear or do in court. In general, you should wear business casual clothing and keep in mind that if in doubt, be more conservative.

    The Georgetown Courthouse, which is where all Williamson County Family cases are held is located at 405 MLK in Georgetown, Texas. A map is attached also for you. Note: This is NOT the historic looking courthouse on the square.
  • How do I set up a child support account?

    After a court has made an order regarding child support in Williamson County, the court will need someone to fill out the Child Support Account Form.

  • What other court forms are needed at the conclusion of my case?

    Before the final hearing in your family case, you should have the Vital Statistics Form completed.

  • My spouse wants to award me the right to claim the child(ren) on federal income taxes, what form will be used for that?

    The most common form used to transfer the right to claim a child for federal income taxes is the IRS Form 8332

  • How do I get official records I can use in court?

    For common records that are normally maintained by a business, you can have them provide the attached business records affidavit filled out completely and notarized and then the affidavit must be on file for 14 days prior to a hearing under most situations. A sample Business Records Affidavit is attached.

  • What is a HIPAA Authorization?

    A HIPAA Release is a document that you can execute to allow certain individuals access to private records they normally would not have permission to see. A common example is medical records. A sample HIPAA Authorization is attached here.

  • Can you help me get a basic will package prepared?

    Yes, we recommend that every person, especially people whose family structure is in movement, have a basic will package prepared. The package is $750 for a single person and $1000 for a couple. The package includes a basic will, medical power of attorney, general power of attorney, and a living will (a/k/a/ directive to physician) We suggest that you get it done before your case is over and it can be updated post-divorce if needed. To get started, click here.

  • I may need to sell or buy a house. Do you know of any Realtors?

    Yes, I have several folks that I have personally worked with that I would suggest that you contact and interview to see if they are a good fit for you. My recommendations are:Cheri Martz with Realty Austin or Fran Castillo with Keller Williams.

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