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Texas Laws | Government Code
GOVERNMENT CODE
TITLE 2. JUDICIAL BRANCH

(c) This section does not prevent a person from seeking reimbursement for costs incurred by the person to retain a licensed attorney to prepare an instrument. (17646)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.43(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 115, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 28, 1989; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1276, Sec. 14A.776, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (17647)

Sec. 83.002. EXPENSES. (17648)(Text)

This chapter does not prevent an attorney from paying secretarial, paralegal, or other ordinary and reasonable expenses necessarily and actually incurred by the attorney for the preparation of legal instruments. (17649)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.43(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. (17650)

Sec. 83.003. FORMS. (17651)(Text)

This chapter does not prevent a person from completing lease or rental forms that: (17652)

(1) have been prepared by an attorney licensed in this state and approved by the attorney for the particular kind of transaction involved; or (17653)

(2) have been prepared by the property owner or prepared by an attorney and required by the property owner. (17654)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.43(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. (17655)

Sec. 83.004. CUMULATIVE REMEDIES. (17656)(Text)

This chapter is not exclusive and does not limit or restrict the definition of the practice of law in the State Bar Act (Chapter 81). This chapter does not limit or restrict any remedy provided in the State Bar Act or any other law designed to eliminate the unauthorized practice of law by lay persons and lay agencies. (17657)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.43(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. (17658)

Sec. 83.005. RECOVERY. (17659)(Text)

A person who pays a fee prohibited by this chapter may bring suit for and is entitled to: (17660)

(1) recovery of the fee paid; (17661)

(2) damages equal to three times the fee paid; and (17662)

(3) court costs and reasonable and necessary attorney's fees. (17663)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.43(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. (17664)

Sec. 83.006. UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW. (17665)(Text)

A violation of this chapter constitutes the unauthorized practice of law and may be enjoined by a court of competent jurisdiction. (17666)

Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 2, Sec. 8.43(a), eff. Aug. 28, 1989. (17667)

CHAPTER 84. UNAUTHORIZED ATTORNEY COMPENSATION (17668)(Text)
Sec. 84.001. PROHIBITED ACTS. (17669)(Text)

Before the conclusion of all aspects of a criminal matter that gives rise to an attorney's employment, an attorney may not make or negotiate an agreement with a client, a prospective client, or former client that provides the attorney literary or media rights to a portrayal or account based in substantial part on information relating to the representation. (17670)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 982, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (17671)

Sec. 84.002. CRIMINAL OFFENSE. (17672)(Text)

(a) A person commits an offense if, while acting as an attorney, the person agrees to accept as compensation for legal advice provided by the person in a criminal matter the right to publish, in print, film, or otherwise, the account of a crime or the events associated with a crime. (17673)

(b) An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor. (17674)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 982, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (17675)

Sec. 84.003. CIVIL LIABILITY. (17676)(Text)

(a) A person, including the victim of a crime or the estate of a victim of a crime, may bring suit against an attorney whose violation of Section 84.001 results in damages incurred by the person bringing the suit. (17677)

(b) A person who brings suit under this section is entitled to recover: (17678)

(1) actual damages caused to the person bringing the suit by the publication of the account of the crime; (17679)

(2) exemplary damages in an amount determined by the court; (17680)

(3) reasonable attorney's fees; and (17681)

(4) court costs. (17682)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 982, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (17683)

Sec. 84.004. CUMULATIVE REMEDIES. (17684)(Text)

This chapter is cumulative of other law under which a person may obtain judicial relief. An administrative, civil, or criminal action brought against an attorney based on a violation of this chapter does not limit or restrict another action against the attorney by the same or another person. (17685)

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 982, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. (17686)

SUBTITLE H. INFORMATION RESOURCES (17687)(Text)

CHAPTER 91. STATE LAW LIBRARY (17688)(Text)
Sec. 91.001. DEFINITIONS. (17689)(Text)

In this chapter: (17690)

(1) "Board" means the State Law Library Board. (17691)

(2) "Director" means the director of the State Law Library. (17692)

(3) "Library" means the State Law Library. (17693)

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 480, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. (17694)

Sec. 91.002. LIBRARY OPERATIONS. (17695)(Text)

(a) The library shall maintain a legal reference facility that includes the statutes and case reports from the several states and legal periodicals and journals. (17696)

(b) The facility may be used by the members and staff of the supreme court, court of criminal appeals, the office of the attorney general, and other state entities and by citizens of the state. (17697)

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