Bills of Review in Texas
Get Help from a Spring Family Law Attorney
A Bill of Review is a way of securing a new trial after your initial trial
has ended and a judgement against you has been issued. If you’re
not satisfied with the result, a Bill of Review may be a way you can secure
a “do-over” and you can hopefully receive the result you’re
looking for. A bill of review may sound similar to a motion for a new
trial, however there are some key differences:
- A bill of review may be filed anytime between four months to four years
from the day a judgement is signed in court (with one limited exception)
- A bill of review case is usually significantly harder to win
If you’re unhappy with the result of your trial, the Spring family
law attorneys at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan may be able to help you
determine if pursuing a bill of review case is the right decision for
you. Our attorneys have considerable experience with the divorce appeals
process, including with bills of review and motion for a new trial cases.
We take your best interests seriously, and we always provide our counsel
with your goals in mind and tailor our advice to help you receive the
outcome you’re looking for. We’re extremely proud of our reputation
for excellence, and we aren’t afraid to pursue all available options
to help you find success.
Call the Law Office of Bryan Fagan today at (281) 810-9760 for a
free initial consultation about your case and learn more about the bill of review process.
How to Get a Bill of Review Granted
Texas law clearly states what things are needed in order to win a bill
of review hearing. Essentially, you need a valid defense for the action
alleged against you, valid grounds for a new trial, or a valid defense
arguing that you were unable to respond to a summons against you due to
causes that included no negligent action on your behalf. A bill of review
can also be requested if dishonesty or fraudulent action on behalf of
the other party caused you to make your mistake—for example, if
your spouse lies to you about the proposed court date, and you fail to
show up in court because of it, then you may be able to get a bill of
The most common way of getting a bill of review granted is through a mistake
made by an officer of the court during their duty. Court clerks often
have a tremendous amount of work to do, including sending notices and
other important documents to the right persons at the right time. A simple
mistake in this regard could lead to serious consequences in your case,
and thus give you grounds for petitioning for a bill of review.
As stated, these cases are not easy to win. Public policy in the state
of Texas is set up to allow final judgements to be exactly that: final.
Overturning them is not easy, but with the appropriate grounds and proper
representation from a skilled attorney, you may be able to have yours granted.
Get started with your case by
contacting the Law Office of Bryan Fagan online now!