About Chowins Law Firm, PLLC
Our Law Practice
Chowins Law Firm, PLLC is a family law firm serving the Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas area, primarily in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties in Texas. In addition to family law, practice includes other family-related practice areas such as guardianships, elder law, probate, and estate planning.
Our highest priority is achieving the best possible result for our clients and their families. Every person is unique, thus every client, every family, and every family law case is unique. Some cases require a diplomatic, even collaborative, approach to achieve the results the client wants for his or her family. Other cases require aggressive hard-nosed negotiation and even litigation of the case in court. Most cases fall somewhere in between. We examine all solutions to determine which is the best approach to your case and offer creative solutions when appropriate. In some cases where emotions run high, the best approach is for the lawyer to advise the client to change their approach, their behavior, or their expectations. Some lawyers hesitate to do this as it may lead to the client finding a new lawyer. Yet, those that fail to so advise when needed do a disservice to the client. We would rather lose a client than fail them by telling them only what they want to hear.
Apart from adoptions and name changes, most family law matters are not matters people enjoy going through. In divorce cases especially, we can never know exactly how a particular client feels apart from what they share with us, but we recognize many family law clients feel a multitude of emotions from anger, relief, guilt, worry and other way too long to list and some of which are even seemingly in conflict with each other. This is normal. Divorce is often one of the most emotionally trying experience one can go through, even for the person pursuing the divorce.
Remember, whether you want the divorce or not, there is life after divorce. You aren't the first and won't be the last person to go through a divorce. Many who have gone before say, for them, it was the best decision for them and their children. Hopefully, that will be the case for you, but we will be there to help you navigate the process, counsel you wisely on legal matters, offer options and alternatives when appropriate to get you the best result we can and you begin a new chapter in life.
In surveys, one of top frustrations people report with lawyers when their lawyer avoids them client. While we understand how that can happen, it is unacceptable in this office and feel that responsiveness to our clients is especially paramount in family law matters. Legal issues in your family life are emotional, stressful, and draining on everyone. We won't add to that by ignoring your calls and email.
How? First, while we cannot guarantee your attorney will be available when you call, all client calls and emails are almost always returned the same day but no later than one business day. Furthermore, if the client indicates in their message that an emergency has come up and need immediate help, the attorney will call you back immediately upon receiving your message no matter what time it is or what day of the week, or if it is a holiday.
Second, clients are sent blind courtesy copies by email on all correspondence and documents related to their case. This simple yet often overlooked client communication method often answers any questions the client may have otherwise had.
Third, because disputed matters often require lulls in case activity (waiting for responses to discovery, waiting on a hearing date etc.), we may or may not be actively working on your case on any given day or even any given week. Regardless of activity, clients receive regular email updates about their case which include the status of their case plus any reminders such as deadlines and hearing dates. This practice makes it very unlikely that case ever slips through the cracks of a busy law office.