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Supreme Court Orders & Opinion 3/23/07

The Supreme Court of Texas released one opinion with today’s orders.

In In re Derzapf, a father/custodial parent discontinued the maternal grandmother and step-grandfather’s access to the deceased mother’s children.  The per curiam Court held that the step-grandfather lacked standing to modify custody and that the grandmother failed to meet the high threshold for overcoming the statutory presumption that a fit parent acts in his children’s best interest.  The supreme court conditionally granted mandamus relief from the trial court’s order allowing access.

D. Todd Smith
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D. Todd Smith is an Austin-based civil appellate specialist who works with trial teams from the earliest stages of litigation. In trial courts, he takes the lead on strategic analysis and briefing, jury charges, and potentially dispositive motions, all with a focus on preserving error and positioning cases for appellate review.

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