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Judges and Juries will not usually read the texts from your phone.  It is always best to print out the texts and offer the paper version into evidence.  Also, offering and getting the phone into evidence, means your phone is now part of the court’s record, so you will never get it back.

Printing messages from your phone

For iPhone:
One way is to take a screen shot of the SMS and then with the help of any wireless iOS compatible printer take the print. Another way to accomplish the task is to first install the iPhone Transfer SMS Software on your PC and complete the task with ease.
Download the iPhone Transfer Software and install it on your PC.  Now connect the iPhone to the computer and launch the program. Connect your iPhone using a USB cable and the program will display all your SMSes automatically.
*Click on the required contact to select all SMS records sent to and received from that contact. Click on ‘’Copy’’ and choose ‘’.MHT’’ as the file format. This format is used to save and take the printout. Select the path where you would like to save the SMS file and click ‘’OK’’.
*Click on .MHT file and open it in any internet browser. Go to ‘’tools’’ menu, select print and click on the ‘’Print’’ button or press CTRL+P. This will allow you to take print of message as it appears on your phone along with the time, date, sender and receiver’s name.
In order to print all messages of any particular contact, at first click on contact name and click on the ‘’Print’’ button.
*Task completed!
For Android:
The steps are on the same grounds. Again as in iPhone, there are several software available on the internet that can help fulfill the need.
*Use a USB cord to connect your Android phone to an empty USB port on Mac/PC and wait until the phone appears as a removable storage device in “My Computer”. Install and launch the Android managing tool, then, you will see the main interface with some parameter information of your phone, including phone model, system version and storage space size.
*The program can deal with both your Android SD storage card and the internal memory. You just need to click the “Scan” button to let the program scan your phone and after a few seconds, all your phone data will be scanned out and displayed in the left panel. Choose the “Messages” category and preview all the stored messages in details, including transmission time and sender.
*Select the text messages you want to print on your computer and then press the “Backup” button on the top menu to start the transferring. There will be a Path dialog pops up, asking you to choose a location directory where you want to put the exported text messages. Wait for a while; you will see the selected SMS files lay in the output folder, saving in a printable format. Now, you are able to print them directly with a connected printer.

Please attempt to get a date and time stamp, plus the sending and receiving number on the body of the print.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas family law courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

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Often we receive inquiries from married couples about whether their spouse has the legal right to sell the homestead without their knowledge & consent even if the homestead belongs to their spouse prior to marriage (i.e. separate property). The simple answer is, NO. The Texas Family Code § 5.001. clearly states that, “Whether the homestead is the separate property of either spouse or community property, neither spouse may sell, convey, or encumber the homestead without the joinder of the other spouse except as provided in this chapter or by other rules of law.”

Before we discuss the exceptions to the aforementioned rule, let’s try to understand how homestead is defined in Texas. The relationship between homestead and Texas goes back to early 1800s to the times of Stephen F. Austin. However, the legal definition of homestead comes from the Property Code § 41.002 which defines it in terms of urban & rural home and the corresponding area. However, no distinction is made in terms of value of the property. This definition only refers to real property & fixtures and therefore cannot be applied to movable ones which are not considered as the parts of a property. Also, the distinction made between urban & rural is a matter of litigation and thus you require an experienced Family Law attorney to help you with these complex matters.

According to the Texas Family Code § 5.002., given the homestead in question constitutes a separate property of the petitioning spouse, sale of homestead could be initiated if the other spouse is judicially declared incapacitated. This is the first exception to the joinder clause given in the Texas Family Code § 5.001. The same is true even when the homestead is a part of community property (Section 5.003.).

Chapter 5 of the Texas Family Code also mentions certain unusual circumstances that qualify as exceptions to section 5.001. The petitioning spouse could proceed with the sale of homestead irrespective of whether it’s a separate or community property, if the other spouse has: disappeared and the petitioning spouse has no knowledge about his/her whereabouts, permanently abandoned the homestead in question as well as the petitioning spouse, permanently abandoned the homestead in question and the spouses also are permanently separated, or been a prisoner of war or absent from a public service of the Unites States as reported by an executive department of the United States.

Hence, if you are facing any of the problems mentioned above, you must sought legal counsel from a Family Law attorney so that you can properly file the petition keeping in mind the various time frames that must be complied with while filing the petition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas family law courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

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While the parties are working out issues that can be agreed upon, an/or discovering what cannot be agreed upon, either party may  ask the court to put temporary orders in place until  the divorce is finalized. Sometimes you are served the day before the hearing.  3 days notice is not always enforced when service of temporary orders is made via personal service in the original suit.   The parties may agree to the issues in the temporary orders, or they may ask the court to decide the issues.  It is in both spouse’s best interest to make reasonable arrangements by agreement.  Agreements minimize bad feelings between the parties and will reduce attorney’s fees. I understand if you could not agree on the day of the week with your ex.  Come see me, I will listen to you and help you develop a plan of action to end this relationship either as fast and as quick as possible, or I can be known to delay and stir up trouble at the courthouse.

The following issues are usually decided at a temporary orders hearing:

1. Who stays in the house?

2. Who pays what bills?

3. Temporary spousal support

4. Temporary child custody

5. Interim attorney ‘s fees

About the Author

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas family law courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

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I have attempted to subpoena the social media host on several occasions only to find that they typically will not produce the persons social media, but instead send a form letter that describes how to authenticate the individuals you are seeking’s social media.  I am familiar with both facebook and twitter having options in their accounts to download all of the posts into a file.  This is the file that you would want for evidence gathering. The proper language is as follows:
FACEBOOK: Go to the Account Settings tab on Facebook and click on “General Settings”. Within the “General Settings” tab, click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”. Facebook then begins the process gathering your information and saving your Facebook archive. Once the archive is complete, you will receive an email indicating that your Facebook download is complete along with a ling to allow you to download your Facebook data. Produce the data from the facebook download

TWITTER: Go to your Account page and click on “Settings”. Next, you will see a label stating “Your Twitter Archive”. Click on “Request Your Archive”. Again, like Facebook, Twitter will send you an email to download your Twitter archive. The archive will include a list of all tweets, along with a date and time stamp for each message. Produce the data from the twitter download.

Use of social media in a divorce and family law trial can make or break your case.  Always ask for it, everytime.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas family law courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

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At the beginning of the case, you will need to prepare your pleadings such that every single cause of action is plead.  Look to see if you have a jury issue.  Jury issues include who can be primary of the child, if no children, then fault in the divorce can be a jury issue along with characterization of property.  Ask for temporary orders.  This sets up the rules of the divorce.  Also, it gets everyone to court early to discuss disputed issues.  More important it gives you an opportunity to see your attorney in action.  If your attorney falls on their face at beginning of the case, then you will know that final trial will likely not go well.  Serve discovery in the petition for divorce.  This always lets any attorney who is contemplating taking on the case, an idea of the costs up front and time that would be needed to work the case.  Serving discovery in the petition also causes the other side to have to pay more in a retainer to their attorney to defend the case. This is generally the best way to start the case.  About 4 months into the case, the work up will depend of how the other side responds to everything that I have detailed above.  If your attorney does not recommend starting the case out as I have planned above, then maybe they are not as aggressive as they should be to meet your objectives.  This is how to hire a cut throat divorce attorney in Houston, Texas.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Michael Busby Jr. 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Houston, Texas 77057 (713) 974-1151 Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com



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Today, more and more people are getting divorced mainly because of unresolved issues that caused the marriage to fall apart. So if you’re going through Houston divorce or Jacinto City divorce, rest assured that you’re not alone in this area. Many others are also experiencing the same thing. You just need to be strong so you can go through with this as fast as possible, with very minimal damage when it comes to your finances and emotions.

The only way that you can achieve this is to know what you need to do during the whole procedure as well as being aware of the things that you shouldn’t do. Read on to learn more about this subject.

Don’t Ignore your Emotions

Ignoring your emotions is a big no-no and don’t drown yourself with vices such as alcohol and drugs.. It is okay to feel depressed, angry, and sad. There’s nothing wrong with this feelings. They are actually normal so make sure you let yourself to feel these things. Embrace it. Accept it. This would be a great outlet too. Don’t forget to seek emotional support from your family and friends too. You will need them more than ever and their love and attention will help you cope.

Don’t Feel Guilty

Don’t blame it all to yourself. Remember, it takes two to tango. You’ve had your own faults but so does your partner. You just need to accept your mistakes and make a promise to never do it again so that history won’t repeat itself. However, it is also crucial that you are truly remorseful with your wrongdoings and that you need to accept that there are some things that aren’t meant to be.

Don’t Lose Hope

It’s not the end of the world. Always keep that in mind. So what if your life didn’t turn out the way you expected it to but that’s okay. It happens a lot so just try to move on as hard as you can. Life can be very difficult but remember, experiences like these can make you a better and more matured person, and most importantly, a stronger individual.

Don’t Make Irrational Decisions

You’re angry, you’re bitter, and you’re sad. These are some of the emotions that you would feel most especially when the reason for the divorce hasn’t been resolved with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Although this is all right to feel, it isn’t okay to make decisions during these times. That is why you need the best Houston divorce lawyer that you can really trust because they can help you make the most rational choices that will be favorable for you.

There you have it. These are the things that can truly help you with your divorce. This list can greatly make everything easier and faster too. It will also give you a chance to reassess your life, move on with it, and just be happier about everything. Sure, your marriage failed but it is better to end it rather than live a life together in misery, sadness, and so much anger.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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In the 21st Century women in the west have become symbols of power and equality. They take charge and it is often seen that woman even outrank men. However, a lot of women still don’t have a voice when looking to the East and we as a nation need to ensure that our political beliefs don’t regress back to these archaic notions while at the same time still respecting the religious systems found in the East.

Although it is clear that women have achieved much in this modern day and age, a lot of women are still trapped in marriages where they are abused, raped and blackmailed. We pride ourselves on being more civilized in the West yet our women suffer still. America represents freedom and is founded on the notion of tolerance to one another’s religious beliefs. That should not change. But we should put an effort into building stronger foundations than just mutual tolerance. There should be respect and an ethical moral code which doesn’t undermine a women’s importance whether you are atheist, Catholic, Islam, Muslim, Jewish or Christian.

One of the most stereotypical thoughts is that divorce is a bad thing and that a marriage should last a life time. Whether or not you agree on the lasting effects marriage should have, divorce should always be an option. Not because of love lost or promises that were broken, but because people change and that divorce gives women that are trapped in horrific marriages a way out. Domestic violence should not be tolerated no matter the religion.

Small towns as well as big cities always have a place where a divorce can be requested. In Houston Texas, there are more than 253 different Law Firms where a divorce can be acquired with a qualified divorce attorney.  You can get a Houston divorce lawyer, a Baytown divorce lawyer, a Bellaire divorce lawyer or anywhere else in Harris County. As a woman, you do not have to be trapped as there are offices and firms all over the county.

Houston is the fourth largest city in America and thus has more incidents of domestic violence and such. They have the capacity to help victimized women and children as well as the experience and knowledge. According to the US census report in 2009 the national divorce rate in the south was for every 1 000 men was 10.2 and for women 10.7. This shows that women also have the power to end toxic and harmful marriages.

Although divorce is not always a bad thing, there must also be kept in mind that most divorces affect children as well. Most people believe that it is bad for parents to split up because it causes psychological damage to children that can lead to commitment issues and various other problems. The pros and the cons should be weighed in this instance because although divorce can have a negative effect on a child, the mental damage done to a child whom has to watch a parent suffer is much worse.

Divorce attorneys have a responsibility towards their clients and have to rise to the occasion to ensure their clients welfare no matter what type of lawyer you are or where you are situated. Whether you are a Houston divorce lawyer, a Baytown divorce lawyer or a Bellaire divorce lawyer, there needs to be an atmosphere of efficiency and respect. There needs to be a change of heart in lawyers everywhere where they work to help the victimized.

The conclusion can be made that America and the West must revise our foundation of religious tolerance so that women and children do not suffer and the stereotypical belief that divorce is a bad thing should be eradicated. The power of divorce can lead to freedom of the mind, body and spirit.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



 

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A Houston divorce lawyer is very important when it comes to the division of property. Actually this bit is what makes the divorce cases a nails-biting affair. It is even worse when the spouses are relatively wealthy since this means they have a lot more property to be divided. There are three major property definitions that are important in the divorce property law in Houston.

Marital Estate

This is all the property owned by the spouses during the currency and before the currency of their marriage. It includes both separate property and community property. But this is not where the contention is.

Separate Property

This is the property that is owned by a spouse before he/she got married to the current spouse. It also involves items such as gifts, inheritance, awards to personal injuries, and property left to a spouse in a will. A major contention arises under this category since the other spouse will want a piece of this estate. Supposing a couple does not work and they have been relying on the husband’s inheritance. What becomes of a wife who gets divorced by such a guy? This is a question for the Houston divorce lawyer. In another scenario, what happens to a husband whose wife recently came into a large inheritance but the husband did not contribute whatsoever to its accumulation and now the wife wants to divorce him? This is another question to divorce experts.

Community Property

This is all the property and wealth accumulated by spouses during the currency of their marriage, other than separate property. It is another very contentious piece of marital estate. A husband will claim that he has been putting in 40 hours a week to create that wealth while the wife will say that had it not been for her moral support, the husband would be nowhere near where he is.

As difficult as these two types of properties are to differentiate, the court will sit and determine the veracity of any claim based on the evidentiary material produced to support each claim. You certainly do not want to be the Houston divorce lawyer in trying to convince a judge that a husband should share 50 % of his wealth with his ‘sit at home’ wife or a wife to share her inheritance with her abusive husband. That is how nasty it gets.

To further complicate matters, there is money in the bank, retirement benefits among other properties that are hard to place in either of the above categories. Courts always encourage out of court settlement and if this is not possible, then the court will decide for the warring parties.

The court shares the property equitably and/or in a fair manner, considering the rights of the spouses involved, and the right of the children from the marriage. For the community property, the court may decide to share the property equally or disproportionately according to who caused the failure of the marriage. Of course there will be a lot of evidence, accusations and counter-accusations that will help the court decide the best course to take. Courts not only seek to do justice, but must also be seen to do justice. They will therefore not divide the community property equally between a cheating husband and a faithful wife and vice versa. They will reward the honor of family as a unit and punish indiscretion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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As your Houston divorce lawyer will tell you, the law envisages an ideal situation where family forms the basic unit of the society. It has therefore made it pretty difficult to divorce, while also considering the right of a spouse to terminate his/her marriage due to a number of reasons. The law feels that the divorce’s major casualty is the children involved. It has therefore devised very intricate methods of protecting the children from exposure to a problem that arises through a fault that is not of their making. The most a Houston divorce lawyer can do is to assist you get what is your equal share of your contribution to your marriage.

Divorce sort of works like the insurance industry where the insurer will seek to return you to the same position you were before the occurrence of a risk. As a party to divorce proceedings, you cannot seek to benefit from the misfortune of your spouse or that of your children. What the law seeks to do is equitably share the marital estate and reward the kids as much as possible by protecting their financial future, and emotional and physical well-being. The bottom line of any divorce proceeding to children is the eventual loss of faith in the very people who helped bring them to this world.

All divorce attorneys agree with one thing; kids should be left out of the marital problems of their parents as much as possible. However, many parents seek to use the kids to get back at their spouses. The law poses, should this be the case? It certainly should not be the case. The law thus punishes those seek to use the kids as the human shield against their spouse’s vitriol.

Whether you are trying to get a legal redress for a wrong committed against you by your spouse, your first avenue should never be a divorce. Legal experts and psychologists agree that divorce leaves more cracks than existed before its commencement. The letter and the spirit of the divorce law are for the divorcing parties to agree on as many elements of the divorce as possible. This happens to shield the kids from the acrimony that arises from court proceedings. It therefore makes the court decisions as painful as equitably and fairly possible to encourage out of court settlement

As the world gets more intolerant, divorces have increased. This was not the initial intention of the constitutional provision for divorce. It was meant as a last resort move in a marriage that could clearly not work. However, a lot of people have made a mockery of the law. It has become an industry unto itself, with some marriages lasting 12 short hours. The Houston divorce lawyer feels that the law has been abused and divorces have given a bad name to his profession. His is a profession that is supposed to help genuine cases of disagreement, emotional and physical abuse.

So are the Houston divorce laws fair? It is a question that needs further deliberations. One can only hope some repeals will come sooner than later to make the laws stricter than they already are, if they are going serve the purpose they were drafted for.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 

 

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When living in a big city such as Houston, it is difficult to find adequate services that meet your personal standards. The crime rate in big cities is also higher than in small towns and legal help is a required necessity. Whether you are in legal trouble because of your own making or because of someone else, you need a specialist that is qualified in the practise of law and whom is knowledgeable as well.

Houston is the largest city within the County of Harris and the third largest city in America with a population of over 2.1 million people according to the US Census Bureau in 2010. The married population in Houston is 38.23% and the separated people are 3.5%. That means that 73,500 of the 802,830 people that were married in Houston are now divorced. Divorce can be messy and a lot of the time there are child custody battles to be fought and won and to do this you need to be represented by an excellent attorney. With Houston being so large there are over 253 law firms available. You can get a Deer Park divorce lawyer, a Baytown divorce lawyer or a Bellaire divorce lawyer.

In Baytown Texas, the Law Office of Nancy H. Boler is a reputable law office and Nancy Boler is a good example of a Baytown divorce lawyer where she has more than 20years worth of experience and knowledge in divorce cases and many others. Dennis M. Slate is a top notch Deer Park divorce lawyer and his family law firm in Houston has been listed as a Texas Legal Rising Star by Texas monthly. This is an indication of the excellent quality service rendered.

These are just some of the examples of divorce lawyers in and around Houston and services are available to all. Whether you are rich or poor, there is a law office near you which you can consult in the times of hardships when asking your spouse for advice is no longer a viable option. Divorce lawyers provide legal assistance to help you make informed decisions about your marriage and the ensuing battles that may follow. They also help you determine the grounds for your divorce and whether a restraining order will be needed if your spouse is physically abusing you or threatening. They also walk you through the procedures and represent you in the Court.

Divorce can also have a negative mental impact on both parties and if children are involved the psychological and emotional damage a bad break-up causes can potentially influence a child for the rest of his/her life.

Using a competent divorce lawyer thus minimises the negative effect that a divorce can have on a minor and helps with the custody battles that may arise. A messy divorce impacts children on a greater scale and can cause depression, failure in school as well as misbehaviour and most have run-ins with the law. If conflict is the predominant factor in the divorce, the negative effects on children are greater.

Divorce is such an important aspect of life because it can end a spouse’s suffering and help them start anew. However, it is also an emotionally draining process and can affect adults just as bad as children. Before filing for a divorce the pros and cons should be weighed and the outcome should be considered in context.

Divorce is a common threat in our society and domestic violence and psychological damage go hand in hand with divorce. That is why the need for qualified divorce attorneys such as in Houston is such an important service.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 

 

 

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The stereotypical belief that a woman can’t do a man’s job is ever increasingly being abolished by powerful women in high positions. However, we should keep in mind that bodily women aren’t as powerful and intimidating as men. He question should thus be asked whether there are some positions that by natural order men do better than women and if being a divorce attorney is one of them…

Men are physically more intimidating than women, but in this case it does not apply. You need someone efficient, orderly and that does not back down in a fight when looking for a divorce attorney. In this case both men and women are subject to this criterion.

Many will argue that men will make better divorce attorneys because of the biased assumption that men are more logical and calm and that women are emotional wrecks in times of a crisis. This assumption is being slowly rectified by powerful businesswomen and women involved in politics. However, there is a grain of truth in this assumption. Women are more likely to fall victim to stressful situations and are more vulnerable to assault, domestic violence and rape.

Taking into account this vulnerability, it should seem strange that there are so many women working as divorce lawyers. In small towns this may not occur a lot, but women divorce lawyers in big cities such as Houston is much more common.

There are over 250 law firms in Houston at present, which seems more than enough for just on the city. However, Houston has a population of over 2.1 million people and is the fourth largest city in America. In the context of the mass population, 250 law firms are not enough. In such a big city as Houston one would expect that the women and men are equal.

The truth is that the amount of men divorce attorneys still outweighs women divorce attorneys and outshines them. Houston divorce lawyer Gregory T. Josefsberg was awarded an L.L.M. In taxation, which less than 5% of all lawyers are conferred.

Dennis M. Slate is a Deer Park divorce lawyer and his family law firm situated in Houston has been listed as a Texas Legal Rising Star by Texas Monthly.

In contrast, Nancy H. Boler owns a law firm with offices in Baytown and Houston and has 20 years’ worth of experience as a Houston divorce lawyer.

It can be argued that men make better divorce attorneys and facts do seem to support this notion when looking to the Harris County area. However, before making a decision, it should be noted that generally there are more men than women in Harris County’s current population. This seems to be a recurring fact which must be taken into account when deciding whether a woman or a man makes a good divorce attorney. While women have groundbreaking progress in uplifting themselves and improving the standard of their human rights, the harsh reality is that men have the upper hand and that women are still ages behind (like the Deer Park divorce lawyer, Slate). This is a result of religious beliefs in many cases where women are undermined and the stereotypical thought that women are inferior.

America was built on the foundation of religious tolerance and sees itself as a civilized entity that improves women’s rights and supports their bid for power. Yet these goals undermine each other because most religions objectify their women and treat the, as less than men. For true woman empowerment to occur, we need to change the foundations on which we built our moral and ethical beliefs where women and men will truly be equal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Like all forms of legal proceedings, divorce proceedings will need you to fill up several documents and sign them. It is one of the most difficult things to do. Knowing that you had a very bright future together and that you are voiding that future on a piece of paper will break anybody’s heart. But this is the law and your Houston divorce lawyer will tell as much. It has to be followed. Below are the most commonly used documents in divorce proceedings.

Temporary Orders Agreement

This is a document that outlines the rules of engagement between spouses during the process of divorce. It includes provisions such as where the children will stay, whom they will stay with, who will be paying the marital bills, Agreements of giving access to every parent to the kids and many more. The agreement is usually signed and deposited with the lawyers of each of the spouse.

Change of Name Form

When spouses are married, the wife usually takes her husband’s second name surname. It is irksome to be called the name of the person you are divorcing – and mostly, under acrimonious conditions. Most women therefore opt to revert to their maiden name before the divorce hearings start. The form contains details such as driver’s license number, social security number and the applicant’s signature.

Family Information Form

This form maybe filled by any spouse in the divorce proceedings; however, it must be deposited with both spouses’ lawyers. The form tells the lawyers the number of children, their names, the relationship between the children and the parents, the parents’ names, and addresses. This information is important as it will help the court in the determination of factors such as the number of children to be supported, the visitation schedule to be arranged, and the area of residence for the kids and its suitability among other things.

Financial Information Form

This is one of the most important forms in the divorce proceedings. Telling a lie in this form is illegal and you may face a jail term for doing so. You must fully disclose your finances and finance sources. This is very important in the determination of who gets to stay with the children, how much support they are entitled to get, how much either spouse will need maintenance, the ability of each parent to take care of the bills and many other things.

Income Withholding Form

This form is sent to the employer of each of the spouses, requesting them to produce the full financial information of the parties to divorce proceedings. This is used to countercheck the truthfulness of the information in the Financial Information Form. The Income Withholding Form is a document of the court. The employer sends it directly to the court. The lawyers for the parties to divorce proceedings may get copies of the same upon request.

Witness Subpoena Form

This is usually issued when one or both of the parties to divorce proceedings has withheld information, documents, books or other tangible information that maybe relevant to the proceedings before the court. The document is general in all legal proceedings and is not only used in divorce cases.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Unlike in other states, Texas expects its people to work for their own living expenses. Alimony payments were formerly used as anti-welfare monies paid to the spouse so that he/she does not become dependent on the state for their living expenses. Over the years, there have been numerous proposals to change this rules but they have always been voted down. Alimony in Texas is called spousal maintenance. It is the small stipend that a high income spouse pays to a low income spouse for her comfortable living.

To get alimony in Texas, your Houston divorce lawyer must argue your case very well. The only people who are guaranteed the alimony are those who have been married for more than 10 years, or those who have some form of incapacitation and thus cannot work to earn a living. To complicate matters even more, these alimonies are capped at $2,500 per month. Note that this is the maximum amount you can get. It is not a guarantee that you will get the maximum legal alimony amounts. This is used to discourage ‘gold diggers’ who marry rich men/women in order to take their wealth without working a single day of their lives. The alimony payments, even if granted, can only be paid to the divorced spouse for a maximum of 3 years. After these years, the payments will cease. The moment an alimony beneficially gets a minimum payment job, the court may decide to reduce or eliminate the payments altogether. Texas is unlike other states and usually frowns on commercial divorces. It tries as much as possible to make the divorce law as strict as possible so that it attracts only genuine cases of disagreements in marriages.

The law however allows contractual alimony. This is a concept where a high income spouse may agree to support the low income spouse usually to avoid taxes or for the custodial parent to relax the visitation rules. Although this is somehow ‘unethical’ the law allows the parent with more money to buy his way into more regular access to the children. A Houston divorce lawyer should be smart enough to advise his client to exploit this loophole in the law.

Texan legislators have time and again rejected attempts to water down this law. This has made Texas one of the lowest divorce rate states in the United States. Despite these attempts to minimize broken marriages, divorce rate is on the increase. An average Houston divorce lawyer records more than 3 divorces every year. These statistics make the fathers of Texan law turn in their graves. Although spousal support is important to maintain the standard of living a former spouse has been used to, it sometimes become unfair to the paying spouse since the recipient is not barred to remarry and get additional support from the second marriage. It is expected that future legislations will seal these loopholes that have made genuine cases of divorce look like Hollywood circus. Divorce attorneys in Texas have been waiting for this to happen for so long.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Most people who go through divorce usually describe the experience as painful, stressful, and costly. Unfortunately, many married couples find this inevitable and it is their only way to lead a happier life, without the woes and hurt that both parties can inflict on each other. But make no mistake because in order for you to successfully surpass this concern, you need to be emotionally and financially prepared. All states have their own set of divorce laws so always double-check the local procedures that you would need to go through and accomplish.

If you’re currently residing in Highlands, which is one of the best communities in Houston, you would need Highlands divorce lawyer and you would be under the Houston Divorce Law. To further make things easier for you, here are the following things that you would need to do and expect during a divorce procedure.

 Be Aware of the Law

The first thing that you have to do is to make an effort to really get to know the divorce law in Houston, Texas. This may sound tedious to you but this will save you a lot of trouble in the future because talking to your lawyer would be so much easier. This will also help you figure out your options during the divorce proceedings, thus enabling yourself to become aware of the situation, the legalities that you would need to go through, and the kind of preparations that you would need to do.

Choose the Best Divorce Attorney

Yes, you got that right. Only the best divorce attorney can provide the best deals with the other party. This goes especially to those who have disagreements with the soon-to-be ex-spouse. More often than not, compromise is needed to ensure an amicable settlement and a good lawyer must use this option before going to court. Also, you need to make sure that you hire someone with years of experience on his belt and is employed with a highly reputable law firm in the area.

Document All Shared Finances

The next, most important thing that you have to do is to double-check all your bank accounts, both personal and shared, and other relevant financial documents for future purposes. Always keep record on everything so that you can easily manage your financial situation when accounts have been frozen due to marital disputes. Don’t forget your insurances, debts, investments, and mortgages too.

Protecting Your Assets

Lastly, you would need to protect your personal assets. Also known as non-marital assets, these are the things that you’ve owned prior to getting married. It could be a car, a house, family inheritance, jewelries, and other valuable things. Discuss these personal possessions with your lawyer so that you’ll know what your options are.

These tips are very important for you to know about. You have to understand each point very carefully so that you can easily accept that there are simply some things that you have no control of, which you truly need to let go. A decent Houston divorce lawyer should know how challenging and painful these proceedings are. He should be rational and should maintain his stand even when you’re already in an emotional mess. This is a normal thing to feel so don’t feel ashamed. Just prepare yourself as much as you can through these divorce tips for Houston.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Divorce is one of the messiest things that a person can experience, most especially if the other party isn’t exactly cooperative with your terms. Living in Houston wouldn’t give you an exception when it comes to these situations so you have to make sure that you hire the best Houston divorce lawyer. While your trying to figure out which law firm that you can turn to, it would be a great idea if you start doing a little research on what to expect in a Houston divorce.  For starters, all Houston communities like Klein, which would then lead you to Klein divorce proceedings, are under the State Law of Texas. Here are the things that you might want to know about the divorce procedure.

 Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

This may sound like, well, a dumb question but you would be surprised to find out that there are some cases that you wouldn’t actually need a legal counsel. If you’ve no assets, no shared finances such as mutual bank accounts, and/or have no kids, then you can easily go through with the divorce without a lawyer. However, if you have children, have assets and bank accounts together, or you simply can’t handle the legalities alone, it is highly advisable that you immediately look for a decent divorce lawyer in Houston.

 Disagreements Often Lead to Court Decisions

For more difficult cases such as serious disagreements on both parties on the following points:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Parenting classes
  • Parenting plan
  • Division of assets
  • Division of debts
  • Alimony

The court will then have to make the decision for you and your soon-to-be ex-husband or ex-wife. Disagreements can also make the divorce proceedings longer, which can be quite costly. Meanwhile, most uncontested divorces usually end rather quickly.

Other Things that You Need to Know

A lot of individuals think that alimony, or financial support after the divorce, is a sure thing. This isn’t really the case. Certain requirements are needed for you to qualify for alimony. Abandonment, mental illness, child custody, physical disabilities, and inability to be meet the minimum financial requirements are some of the things that would make you eligible. Make sure you talk to your lawyer regarding this concern.

Another thing that you need to know is that your child can choose where he wants to live if he is at least 12 years of age. You really don’t have a say on this really, most especially if the court has approved the child’s request.

Lastly, legal separation is not available in the state of Texas so you can only choose divorce or annulment so you can legally separate yourself with your current spouse. If you really need to disconnect yourself with your partner, temporary orders that are issued by the court can be provided for as long as the reason behind the request is valid.

There you have it. By being aware about the things that will happen during the divorce proceedings, you’re saving yourself from the element of surprise and stress because you’re already prepared emotionally as well as financially. It is all about being able to come up with the best solution that would satisfy both parties and you can only do this if you are willing to make things work and if you have a lawyer that can ensure that all these goals are achieved.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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If you feel that that were errors in the presentation of the trial and you are not satisfied with the outcome the trial in the  final divorce, you have the right to appeal the judge’s decision based on what you think is an erroneous decision or mistakes made on the part of the deciding party. In Texas, winning your case in a court of appeals does not necessarily mean the outcome of your trial will be modified, but you may get a chance to bring your case to trial again.  You must act quickly.  Most of your trial attorney do not handle appeals. As a result, they will not talk activity with you about the deadlines.  I have a deadline calculator here

Process

The Divorce Appeals Texas process can be a long and complicated process because the difficult to prove that the judge made an error during the first trial is on the contesting party. Appeals in Texas must be filed within 30 days of the final divorce decree and in a specific format outlining the appellant’s view of the case and why a mistake was made. Your finding of facts and conclusions of law must be filed within 20 days of the judgment.  If you file a motion for new trial, you can extend out the courts power and your dead line to appeal 90 days from the judgment having been signed.  The appeals court is not interested in the facts of your divorce case, only in the court proceedings that may warrant a new trial or a new decision in your divorce. Although sometimes the court is so one-sided, they may exam your facts for the rationale for the decision.

To schedule a consultation, call us today at (713) 974-1151 or visit me on the web at busby-lee.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Many times in a divorce the parties own a business and the worth in the divorce case in disputed.  The court must consider the worth in the division of a closely held business. In most cases, the parties to a divorce will agree that one party will be awarded 100 percent of the business, with the right to own, operate, and receive funds from the business. The other spouse will, therefore, receive an appropriate amount of other marital property to ensure a just and right division of marital property.

In less frequent cases, the parties may agree to each maintain a percentage of the business, with one or both parties continuing to operate the business after the divorce. Another option is the sale of a business, with each party receiving a portion of the proceeds.

To determine the best course of action, and to protect your property rights in a divorce, it is critical to retain an attorney with experience determining the value of a closely held business and dividing it properly. At Busby & Associates P.C., our Houston divorce assets attorneys have experience in the Business Valuation In Divorce. We are located in Houston, Texas.

Our attorney will review your business with an eye towards:

•Lookbacks

•Valuation methodology

•Overcompensation

•Inadequate compensation

•Personal vs. professional goodwill

•Community property vs. separate property issues

•Management and transfer of assets during the divorce process

•Short-term and long-term implications of the asset allocation

To schedule a consultation, call us today at (713) 974-1151 or visit me on the web at busby-lee.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Even if you’ve decided to settle the terms of your divorce with regard to division of property, you should still consider the possibility the assets listed may not be all of the assets at stake.

Don’t fall prey to this myth…

My spouse will be honest about our assets.

When one spouse knows they will be filing for divorce, they often begin hiding away assets in accounts of their own. They do this far in advance of filing for divorce during a time when you would not expect them to be taking such covert actions.

One mistake to avoid during a divorce is to assume that your spouse has accurately reported all the assets they control. In order to find the other assets, you will need to do some sleuthing. You should also keep in mind that they have likely set up a decoy account to make you feel like you have “found the treasure” when the larger nest egg is really hidden somewhere else.   Here are four tips for finding hidden assets:

Look for clues in tax returns. Are there accounts or assets accounted for that you are not aware of? Look for clues in bank and investment accounts. Are there regular transfers in small amounts? Where did they go? What ATM withdrawals were made and what were they spent on? Look for clues in paychecks. Is there any deferred income earned during the marriage that will be paid after the divorce? Have any payments been made in cash that could have been hidden away? Look for clues in business accounts. Do expenses and payments match up? Are payments being made to legitimate vendors?

In order to determine if we can help you find hidden assets, we need to meet with you for a consultation to talk about your situation.

 

To schedule a consultation, call us today at (713) 974-1151 or visit me on the web at busby-lee.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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In every case that involves the custody of children, determining child support will be a point of negotiation. However, you must keep this myth in mind: Child Support will cover your expenses.

Truth: Child support calculations are based on specific criteria relating to the parents’ income and how many children are in the home. The court will not take into account the parents’ living expenses in setting how much child support will be paid or received.

Only your income, your spouse’s income, parenting time, daycare, health insurance and special needs are considered in calculating child support payments. Child support payments are intended to maintain the children’s health and welfare, not to enhance the custodial parent’s lifestyle. This is an important insight to keep in mind when planning the amount of child support and spousal maintenance that will be needed.

In addition, the amount of child support will be impacted by the amount of parenting time during the year you have allocated to each spouse.

Clearly, very specific planning and calculations are needed to ensure that all parties’ needs, especially the needs of the children, are met.

Planning for child support, spousal maintenance and parenting time can be a very stressful experience. By speaking with one of our experienced divorce lawyers, we can help you calmly assess your situation and help you meet your needs.

To schedule a consultation, call us today at (713) 974-1151 or visit me on the web at busby-lee.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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If you own your home, one of the biggest points of contention you are likely to face—outside of the custody of children—is who, if anyone, will get to keep the house.

You will get to keep the house.

Truth: You may not be the one who gets the house. In some cases the home must be sold in order to accurately divide assets among the two parties.

You may want to keep your family home. You may have strong ties to the community. But before you make this decision entirely on emotion, ask yourself the following questions:

Is the home in good condition or does it need repair?
Will you be able to afford the payments?
Is the neighborhood safe?
Is it convenient to your place of employment?
What would the outcome be if you did sell the home?
Would selling provide a greater advantage than keeping the home?

Again, dividing assets can be a tedious part of the divorce process. While you may be able to make this decision as a couple, you should have someone advise you who is able to ensure the division is fair and beneficial when it comes to both the assets and the liabilities (debts) involved.

For an objective perspective on your division of property and your desire to keep your family home, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

 

To schedule a consultation, call us today at (713) 974-1151 or visit me on the web at busby-lee.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com