In November, I will have been licensed to practice law for 22 years. I spent 2 years in private practice focused on probate matters. I was Staff Attorney for Judge Polly Jackson Spencer in Probate Court No. 1 for almost 6 years. In 2005, I moved to Broadway Bank where I have worked on trusts and estates for 13 years.
I recently completed a 9 year term on the Board of Directors for the Arc of San Antonio and am aware of issues facing our special needs community. I have been amazed by the participants there and their gifts and abilities. I would like for there to be at least yearly communication (if possible) from anyone under guardianship to the court. The court hears from the guardian at least once a year on the condition of the person under guardianship. We need to know they are happy, healthy and safe.
I want to educate the public on ways to plan for incapacity and death. The court can decide what will happen in these cases if people do not. But, I believe most people would like to make these decisions for themselves while they are able. The court does help the public on a daily basis with matters, but cannot give legal advice. But, more proactive education can be offered to the public through educational events and online resources.
Catholic Charities - Current Staff Attorney & Former Director of Guardianship and Probate Department; UT School of Law; Interned at Texas Civil Rights Project & New York Legal Assistance Group; Former President of the Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio; San Antonio Bar Foundation Fellow; Board Member of Girls Inc. San
Yes. I believe that the court’s relationship with people with mental disabilities can be improved. As a staff attorney for Catholic Charities, I represent parents of children with mental disabilities. Parents are often anxious and afraid. Additionally, their child may need special accommodations. As Judge, I will do my best to see that those needs are met in court. I will be compassionate and understanding and treat all who come before this court with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Yes. Educating the public is essential because probate court is one of the most important courts in the courthouse. This court will directly or indirectly impact everyone’s life. Currently, I go throughout our community educating the public on the importance of estate planning and guardianships. As judge I will help the court educate the public by bringing in practitioners and utilizing court staff to teach workshops. I will also provide detailed and up-to-date information on the court’s website