Practice Areas

Adoption

Adding a child to a family is always a beautiful experience. However, when that child is added through the process of adoption, the road to the completed family unit can be filled with bumps and, at times, legal concerns. A failed adoption can leave parents with aching hearts and children in difficult situations. A San Antonio adoption attorney can help make this process easier on all parties involved. H.Q. Martinez Law Firm, P.C., led by attorney Hector Q. Martinez, is ready to help you navigate the process of adoption, so you can bring your child home.
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Auto Accidents

When you have been injured in an automobile accident, and are seeking compensation to help off-set the expenses that have accumulated because of it, you need an attorney with ample experience representing clients against insurance companies and negligent drivers. Hector Q. Martinez and his law firm, H.Q. Martinez Law Firm, P.C., can help you get the compensation you need for your medical expenses, vehicle repairs, damage to property, and lost current and future wages.
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Deeds/Real Estate

A deed is a document that allows for the transfer of ownership between a granter and a grantee. Several types of deeds exist and no one approach is best for every seller or buyer. As such, it is important to understand the types of deed available and which is the best fit for your unique situation. Read on to learn more about the three of the deeds you are most likely to encounter.
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Guardianship

Guardianship is a legal process that involves the protection of elderly, disabled or otherwise vulnerable individuals from neglect or abuse. When an individual is designated as a guardian for an incapacitated adult, that person agrees to manage the ward's affairs after he or she is no longer able to do so. The process of granting guardianship can be confusing and fraught with tension. In the midst of such challenges, it is very important to have a trustworthy attorney by your side. For all matters related to guardianship, look to Hector Martinez for excellent advice.
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Muniment of Title

Filing a Will as a “Muniment of Title” under § 89C of the Texas Probate Code is best when the following apply:

  • The Decedent left a valid will.
  • Decedent has no unpaid debts, not counting debts secured by real property.
  • The Estate does not have a Medicaid claim for recovery of benefits received by the Decedent.
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My Power of Attorney And Directive

Do I need a Power of Attorney?  Yes, a power of attorney, be it a Durable or Medical Power of Attorney can provide security and peace of mind. Durable POA - Under the Texas Probate Code, Section 482, a "durable power of attorney" is defined as a written instrument that:

  1. Designates another person as attorney in fact or agent;
  2. Is signed by an adult principal;

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Personal Injury

Personal injuries can occur anytime and anywhere. From slips and falls on other people's property, to accidents at work, to injuries sustained at home due to faulty or malfunctioning products, personal injuries happen to many people every day. When you've been injured due to someone else, there's no need to suffer both the physical and the financial effects. Let Mr. Martinez help you get the money you need.
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Probate & Administration of Estates in Texas

Let’s start with the more formal probate process and follow up with some of the simpler ways you can transfer assets, too. Many Texas wills can be dealt with by filing an Application to Probate Will and for Issuance of Letters Testamentary. This route assumes you have a valid Will, which is explained in detail further down in this page.
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Small Estate Affidavits / Affidavits of Heirship

Sometimes a less formal approach is best, although technically the Probate Court is involved, if there is no will (and even in some cases where a Will does exist) and the Decedent left an Estate whose value is $50,000 or less, the Heirs can use the Small Estate Affidavit to collect the assets or property of the Estate. Once the Small Estate Affidavit is submitted to the Probate Court as per §137 of the Texas Probate Code, upon approval by said Court, the signed Order Approving the Small Estate Affidavit is sufficient authority for all persons or entities dealing with the distributees to allow for release of the assets of the Decedent to the same extent as if the persons or entities were dealing with a personal representative of the Estate.
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We All Need A Will

When asked who needs a Will in Texas, the simplest answer can be found in the Texas Probate Code, Sec. 57. Titled, WHO MAY EXECUTE A WILL, says that (e)very person who has attained the age of eighteen years, or who is or has been lawfully married, or who is a member of the armed forces of the United States or of the auxiliaries thereof or of the maritime service at the time the will is made, being of sound mind, shall have the right and power to make a last will and testament, under the rules and limitations prescribed by law.
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Wrongful Death

The loss of a loved one is the most painful things a person can endure. Along with the emotional impact a death has on you and your family, an unexpected death can be financially devastating, especially if the person was one of the primary earners in a household. Hector Q. Martinez is a San Antonio wrongful death lawyer serving Bexar and surrounding counties. When you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or negligence of another party, you may have the right to compensation for expenses incurred, lost income, and emotional suffering.
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