Law Office of Nikki G. Maples, PLLC

Can I Move My Child Out-of-State?

Once there is an existing court order regarding conservatorship or child custody, it cannot be changed without a modification of the order.  If both parties agree to the modification, they still need to get the order approved by the Court.  While the process is much less dubious than a contested […]

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Alimony, Support, Maintenance…Oh My!

Spousal maintenance, sometimes referred to as “alimony,” is an award of recurring payments from the future income of one spouse for the support of another.  The purpose is to provide support for a specified period of time to a spouse who lacks the ability to earn an income sufficient to […]

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Separate Property 101

By default, if you are married in Texas all property acquired during the marriage is community property, meaning it is owned jointly by both parties.  However, there is a way around this by creating a marital property agreement, which can be done either before or after marriage. The marital property […]

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Serving our local veterans

Nikki G. Maples was recently interviewed by the Austin American Statements for her work with the Texas Veterans Legal Assistance Program. “Austin attorney Nikki Maples remembers the first time she walked into the Austin Department of Veterans Affairs clinic as part of a new program to give free legal services […]

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Impact Austin Philanthropy Day 2017

Nikki G. Maples, a member of Impact Austin, was proud to attend Austin’s Annual Philanthropy Day to celebrate Impact Austin as an award recipient recognizing the philanthropic efforts of the members of Impact Austin. It was a touching day, which honored several non-profit organizations in Austin, Texas, but Impact Austin […]

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GEN Career Day

Nikki G. Maples and Monica B. Stallings participated in Career Day for the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), which is an after-school program for girls in grades 3-8. The girls in GEN are surrounded by adult women who inspire them, motivate them, and give them a safe place to express themselves […]

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Mediation = Control

Why is mediation beneficial, you ask? Mediation allows each party to have some control in the outcome of their dispute. Of course, if the idea of exposing your secrets, dirty laundry, and private conversations in a room open to the public and placed in the hands of a stranger (the […]

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Monica B. Stallings – TCWLF Board Member

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I’m grateful to have been raised by parents who told me that I could be whatever I dreamed of being when I grew up. What I didn’t know as a young girl; however, was how marginalized women […]

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Austin Bar Association Gala 2017

On January 28, 2017, Nikki G. Maples and Monica B. Stallings attended the annual Austin Bar Association Gala. This year, as the theme of the event was The Great Gatsby, the Four Seasons Hotel grand ballroom was transformed into glitzy, glittery 1920s party. With all the trappings of fortune, though, […]

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Guardianship versus Adoption in Texas

There are many differences between guardianship and adoption in Texas. While both legal processes involve a person who is not a biological parent of a child taking over the care and welfare of that child, the circumstances and implementation of each arrangement can be vastly different.   Guardianship is a […]

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Divorce Consultations…Who is Interviewing Who?

A divorce consultation is one of the most important information-gathering sessions for both the lawyer and the potential client. Prior to the actual face-to-face meeting, brief information is gathered over the phone and, sometimes, the law firm will conduct a cursory internet search on the potential client to learn more […]

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iCloud, Bluetooth, and Hotspot…Oh My!

Folks, it’s the internet, the interweb, the wide world web… a simple, invasive “web” that allows our privacy to seep through it’s transparent and weak screen. Think about the very simple word, “web,” and now picture a spider web in your mind. The sheer screen-like wall has holes. It is […]

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Law Day 2016

May 1, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual Law Day, a special day to recognize our nation’s commitment to the rule and practice of law, and declared by the American Bar Association. Every year, the Austin Bar Association recognizes and celebrates Law Day.  Each year, the Austin Bar […]

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Austin Bar Gala (aka “the Lawyer Prom”)

This year, Nikki G. Maples and Monica B. Stallings attended the annual Austin Bar Association Gala themed “Fire and Ice”, benefiting Austin Adoption Day, Justice Mack Kidd Fund, Volunteer Legal Services, Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans, and Austin Bar in Action Self-Help Center Pro Se Litigant Program.  Austin’s legal […]

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Lawyers Should Defend Their Health As Much As They Defend Clients

If we weren’t taught by our parents or gym teachers the value of good health, we certainly cannot continue to blame them for not having the knowledge today.  It seems like everywhere one turns, there is an ad for a gym, a health food brand, or a sporting event.  Perhaps […]

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Andi St. Leger for District Judge

On December 8, 2015 Nikki and Keith Maples hosted a fundraiser at their home for Andrea “Andi” St. Leger, candidate for Caldwell County District Judge. Andi was met with supporters from the legal communities in the surrounding counties, as well as her very closest supporters at Noelke Maples St. Leger […]

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Travis County Courthouse Campaign

On November 3, 2015, members of the Travis County community voted against the bond needed to build a new courthouse. For years, our voters and community members have walked the halls of the dilapidated and dangerous Heman Marion Sweatt building, the Travis County Courthouse. Nikki G. Maples has volunteered on […]

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Capital Metro & Whole Foods: “Stuff the Bus”

On December 11, 2015, Nikki Maples and Kasie Oates participated in a food drive benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank.  As Whole Foods is one of our many stops each week, it was very easy to purchase a pre-packed paper sack full of food.  The idea was to simply purchase […]

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Planned Parenthood Fundraiser

On October 18, 2015 Nikki Maples attended the annual Planned Parenthood Fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser dinner invited a rambunctious crowd as the recent governmental issues surrounding funding for Planned Parenthood had just hit the headlines and created a huge setback for many of the healthcare facilities. This recent movement contributed […]

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AYLA Judicial Reception

On September 24, 2015 Nikki Maples and Todd Musick attended the Austin Young Lawyers Judicial Reception held at the Four Seasons Hotel and hosted by the Austin Bar Association. The turnout was impressive as the very young lawyers overlapped the more established young lawyers who are soon to exit AYLA. […]

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Volunteer Legal Services – Honoring Suzanne Covington

On June 11, 2015, Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) recognized the Honorable Suzanne Covington at the Pro Bono Awards reception hosted by Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody.  It was an early evening attended by members of the legal community, including Sustainability Society Members who have committed to a $1,000.00 annual membership […]

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Summer Is Upon Us

         As we wrap up the 2014-2015 school year, families are making arrangements for kids’ summer camps, summer vacations, and preparing for extended periods of time with kiddos. Many divorced families exercise extended periods of time with their kids, ranging from one to two weeks, thirty (30) […]

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