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You have a great idea so you get to work and start spreading the word – but did you patent your work before doing so? If not, you could be at risk of losing your intellectual property! The Smithsonian Museum has rounded up some cases through history that highlight the need for a good business lawyer on the side of inventors and entrepreneurs (http://bit.ly/1iKK4zL) – did you know that even Barbie was involved in this type of litigation? More current cases involving big-name companies can be found here: http://bit.ly/2jt6MgH

Before you launch on your next big business idea, take some time to sit down with the Marroquin Law group. We will protect your ideas from potential thievery!

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If you’re co-founding a company, you might not be worried about your partner taking advantage of you; after all you are partners, through thick and thin, right?  Don’t be so trusting! When that company ends up being worth millions or even billions, relationships tend to take a backseat to the bottom line. If you did not protect yourself with contracts and the proper agreements before beginning your venture, you run the risk of being pushed out by your partners. Recently, Snapchat has settled a lawsuit filed by its ousted co-founder, Reggie Brown, who almost suffered this fate. (Read more: http://read.bi/2iuZ8R3.)

If you’re thinking of starting a business with a partner (even a family member) make sure to do everything by the book with the help of the Marroquin law group. We will ensure that the structure of your new venture is crystal clear to all parties, setting you up for a litigation-free future.

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If you’re business-minded, you may be interested in starting, buying, or managing a business all of your own. However, there is more to being a business-owner than selling your product and turning a profit. The legal side of running a business is littered with laws and regulations that could be costly and time consuming, but they’re all put in place to protect both the consumer and business-owner. Marroquin Law group can help you with all aspects of business law, whether you are filing paperwork to start a brand new business, trademarking a product, or creating contracts to hire employees. Buying an existing business can quickly become a messy affair, but it doesn’t have to be. Marroquin law group is well-versed in all aspects of business law to ensure you’re in compliance. Should you find yourself in a sticky business situation, Marroquin law group will represent you from initial consultation through to the final verdict.

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A divorce is not the only way to end a marriage in the State of Texas. While a divorce is the dissolution of a valid and legal marriage, an annulment is the cancellation of a marriage that should not have happened. After an annulment, you can legally say you were never married. However, children of parents who later annul their marriage retain their rights to both parents’ financial support and inheritance.

Either partner can file for an annulment, but they must prove they have grounds for the court to grant it. Major fraud must be present in the marriage for the couple to qualify for an annulment, such as bigamy (your spouse was married to another person at the time they married you), forced consent, incest, and mental incapacity, among others.

The annulment will not be granted if the couple continues to live together after the fraud was discovered.

The experienced and trained staff at the Marroquin Law Firm will do their best to help you find the grounds necessary to convince the court to nullify your marriage. Contact us today at 956-287-7400.

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“Till death do us part” is not always a promise you can keep. If the problems in your marriage are beyond repair and filing for divorce is your next step, you will want to know the procedure for doing so in Texas.

To file for divorce in Texas, one spouse must have lived in Texas for at least six months prior to filing, and at least one must reside in the county where the petition is filed for at least 90 days. After you have filed, if there is no opposition, a divorce will become official after a 60 day waiting period.

Texas is a no fault state. This means you do not need to prove wrong doing, such as abuse or infidelity, to file for divorce. You are also not obligated to stay in a marriage if your spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers.
Although the process of divorce may be overwhelming on a personal level, the experienced and compassionate staff at the Marroquin Law Firm are here to help you in the courtroom. Contact us today 956-287-7400 to obtain the most beneficial divorce possible.

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It is a simple fact of life that not all relationships have a happy ending. While the decision to bring a marriage to a close is between the couple, they should consult a professional about how to proceed with the legalities. If you live in Texas and are considering a separation from your partner, be informed about your options. The Marroquin Law Firm has an experienced staff to help you make the process as easy as possible.

For individuals in most of the country, one course of action is separation; a couple remains legally married, but typically have chosen to live apart. The State of Texas does not recognize a legal separation.

However, a couple may file a Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR) or community property division. With this type of petition a couple remains legally married, but separates assets and establishes a custody agreement if children or pets are involved.

If you are experiencing trouble in your marriage and considering separation or divorce, contact the Marroquin Law Firm at 956-287-7400 today.

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The word “trial,” may terrify you. In reality, a trial is an ordeal for most people. Feeling anxious and hopeless is not uncommon. You’re fate in the hands of another can be unruly. However, it is important to remain calm and communicate with your attorney.

During a trial, the main goal of any attorney is to advocate for their client. The attorney must establish a dialogue that persuades a judge or a jury that the client is innocent.

The Marroquin Law firm is experienced and passionate about advocating for their clients. From jury selection, to opening and closing arguments and witness selection, we will work diligently to prepare an arsenal to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case.

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During pre-trial motions or even during a trial, you reach a point in the case where the only option is to negotiate with the prosecutor. Although it is not as favorable as receiving a dismissal, negotiating a plea deal may be the most convenient, economical and realistic way to resolve a criminal charge.

Negotiating a deal with the prosecution does not necessarily mean you have lost. For a misdemeanor offense, such as DWI, your attorney can negotiate a pre-trial diversion or deferred adjudication, which delays the entry of a guilty verdict. Typically, the successful completion of probation and other requirements from the court, allows the defendant to avoid a charge on their criminal record through expungement or a non-disclosure agreement.

The Marroquin Law Firm is experienced in negotiating with prosecutors and will fight to secure you the best outcome for your criminal case.

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Once the evidence has been examined, it is time to strategize a defense. Building a defense is perhaps the most important phase during a criminal proceeding. A good defense could mean the difference between a reduced or exorbitant fine or maintaining your innocence and imprisonment.

One of the most important things to remember is to be utterly and completely honest with your attorney. Any information you share with your attorney is privileged and cannot be disclosed with any third party (unless the communication facilitates another crime such as fraud). Knowing every fact of the case will help your attorney construct a comprehensive defense to challenge the prosecution.

If you do not have a sound alibi, the only defense is to discredit the evidence and narrative presented by the prosecution. The experience and tenacity of the team at the Marroquin Law Firm can help you devise the strongest defense to fight your criminal charges.

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If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense you should retain legal counsel immediately. The dedicated team of legal professionals at the Marroquin Law firm are experienced in handling criminal cases and will aggressively fight to defend you.
The beginning of a criminal case is a crucial time for a defendant who has been arrested.

The first step in investigating a criminal case is to obtain a copy of a police report, as well as any audio or visual footage during the time of arrest. Reviewing the initial evidence helps us analyze what occurred as well as develop a defense that can weaken or discredit that statement of a law enforcement agency.

Examining relevant materials helps attorneys determine whether in fact there is a case, or if any of your civil rights were violated during the time of your arrest. The 1966 Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizona requires law enforcement to inform a suspect of their Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights against self-incrimination (ex. “You have the right to remain silent…”). Failure to receive your Miranda rights does not free you from punishment, however, it makes any statement you may have made inadmissible in court, which can drastically help your case.

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