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 This year’s 20th-anniversary tour, Life Elevated, kicked off a newly minted five-year strategic plan to elevate the Turtle Creek Corridor to a premiere urban green space and neighborhood. Turtle Creek Association (TCA) led all of Texas through the homes of local luminaries, featuring personal stories, architectural anecdotes, and glimpses into fine collections of art, heirlooms, and unique design. TCA President and CEO JD Trueblood talked with homeowners and designers, including the niece of the late Judy Pittman, also known as the “Queen of Turtle Creek.” With a rich history of devotion, Turtle Creek and the community were honored with an event that will be remembered for years to come.

 

Following the tour, the exclusive benefit reception was held inside the headquarters of the Perot Companies in Dallas. The exquisite event featured the Dallas String Quartet and flowers donated by The Garden Gate. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvre, cocktails, and a silent auction as an additional contribution to the TCA fundraiser. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event thanks in no small part to the Perot Family, who graciously offered unprecedented access to Perot Legacy Hall, which showcases the remarkable collection of historical artifacts from H. Ross Perot.

 

Perot’s memory lives on through wall after wall of awards, memorabilia, and art, inscribing his legacy and the unforgettable work he did for his country. As a naval officer, Perot was a servant to those impacted by war, even going as far as freeing two of his employees during the Iran hostage crisis in 1978.

 

“The Perot family's love of country and support for the military is on full display throughout the hall. Statues of military leaders stand in the sunlight; there is Perot's collection of coins from Medal of Honor recipients, and even Osama bin Laden's cane from Tora Bora, given to Perot by the elite Delta Force,” says Trueblood.

 

It comes as no surprise that the hall was filled with reverence as TCA’s reception attendees read letters from Perot’s work with veterans. The circumstance of the Turtle Creek benefit reception held at the Perot Companies campus couldn’t be more perfect. The fundraiser honors the commitment to enhancing and revitalizing the corridor, and Perot’s legacy exemplifies the humanitarian efforts that Turtle Creek inspires.

 

Overall, the event raised over $200,000, including a special donation of $20,000 from Sara Wilkins, to fund the upcoming Turtle Creek mural on Lemmon Avenue. The artist, Lauren Lewchuck, will capture the beauty of Turtle Creek’s history and undoubtedly inspire preservation from all in the community.

 

Trueblood expressed his thanks by saying, "We not only met our stretch goal of $200,000, but we shattered all previous TCA fundraising records. The generosity of those who love the corridor is simply beyond words. We are forever grateful."

 

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Dallas #1 Immersive Art Exhibit’s Homage on Display for Limited Time

In advance of their newest installation this winter, Rainbow Vomit is the place to be seen in Dallas. The creatives behind Rainbow Vomit, Dallas' #1 rated immersive art exhibit, have captured the spirit of the Stones as they unveil an unparalleled homage to the rock and roll royalty on the façade of their and neighboring Italian restaurant and record lounge Tarintino’s storefront in Expo Park, which is located across from Fair Park.

“The Rolling Stones are iconic in so many ways. To show our excitement for their upcoming concert at the Cotton Bowl on November 2, it only seemed natural to find a unique way to merge Rainbow Vomit’s signature brand with the lips that have graced millions of stadiums, billboards, bedroom walls and bumper stickers over the last fifty years or so,” says Deanna Theis, Lead Artist and Curator of Rainbow Vomit.

For a limited time, visitors to Rainbow Vomit at Expo Park will be able to capture this one-of-a-kind wall-art to share their fandom as well as have a chance to win tickets to one of the most anticipated concerts in recent history. The giveaway will run through October 29th, enter here for a chance to win tickets to the biggest show of the year!

“We are so excited to welcome concerts back into Cotton Bowl Stadium,” says Julian Bowman, Senior Marketing Director at Fair Park. “Coming off the recent Fair Park Cultural District designation, it’s encouraging to see our neighbors join forces to support  the events and entertainment we bring to the community through art.”

Located across the street from the historic Fair Park right off the DART, Rainbow Vomit’s 2600-square foot space has been wowing patrons for almost three years. They have welcomed more than 50,000 visitors with more than 2000 positive online reviews. “What we have found to be the most enjoyable part of Rainbow Vomit is the millions of photos that are taken and shared with friends, family and the culturally curious. We are positive that this homage to the  Rolling Stones will multiply that number and put even more smiles on faces, in person and digitally!” says Theis.

Rainbow Vomit is currently closed for renovations. Regular tours resume on October 30, with a special reopening concert event, Imaginarium: An Arabian Nights Soirée featuring Allen Hulsey, on October 29. In collaboration with the non-profit Exude Love Foundation, Rainbow Vomit will be offering all sorts of special programming throughout the rest of the year, including a rare appearance by renowned electronic music producer Acid Pauli on November 5 and a variety entertainment show produced by the RadiantSolz performance troupe on November 14th.

For more information and tickets to events, visit rainbowvomit.com To enter the giveaway, visit bit.ly/RVstonescontest

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A significant concern for many divorcing couples is how their assets will be divided amongst each partner — this is especially true for couples facing a high asset divorce. Divorcing couples with more than $1 million in liquid assets typically consisting of properties, business shares, and overseas assets is considered a high net worth or high asset divorce. The attorneys at Balekian Hayes, PLLC, have tapped into their many years of experience practicing family law in North Texas to offer tips to help people navigate a high asset divorce.

Step 1: Find a qualified attorney.

While any divorce case can be challenging, those involving high-value assets are more difficult to resolve fairly. Because there are more assets at play, high-net-worth divorces require a unique skill set from a legal team experienced in these cases. Without strong representation from an experienced divorce attorney, you could end up with a far smaller portion of the property than you deserve under the law. Many couples have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place, in which they have decided ahead of time how to divide their community property. This can make things much easier during divorce, but sometimes a prenup or postnup can be disputed.

Step 2: Start by examining current assets that may be affected by a divorce.

List your assets as soon as possible. During divorce proceedings, it’s possible you could lose access to certain documents and records. Therefore, begin your preparation by making copies of all applicable paperwork. Additionally, you should also start thinking about whether the property is considered separate or marital property. 

Step 3: Gather records and document items.

Begin gathering records for all jointly held accounts, properties and assets. Documentation is essential to determine your fair share of assets and can help prevent your spouse from hiding any assets. It is necessary to make copies of all tax returns, loan applications, wills, trusts, financial statements, banking information, brokerage statements, loan documents, credit card statements, deeds to real property, car registrations, insurance inventories and insurance policies. Don’t forget to make copies of records that can also trace and verify your separate property, such as an inheritance or family gifts.

Create an inventory of household goods and their value, including household electronics like TVs, computers, and big items like your furniture. Values can be documented with receipts to show how much was paid for an item or by an appraiser.

Step 4: Budget accordingly and spend wisely. 

High-asset divorces can be more costly. With more assets to divide equally, it may take longer than a typical divorce and result in increased legal fees. Additionally, your attorney may need to use a forensic accountant, which adds additional costs. During the divorce process, it’s essential to spend money wisely. Those going through a divorce may assume that higher spending levels will garner them a larger divorce settlement. Many people may believe that if you spend more, the higher your needs will appear in court, and the more money you will get. However, the court may view unnecessary high spending as lavish wasting of assets and can count negatively on you. It is best to regulate your spending until the divorce proceedings are final.

Step 5: Be patient.

Often, high net worth divorces may take longer than a divorce where fewer assets are involved. In many cases, people undergoing a high-net-worth divorce will often stop negotiating in the hopes of settling sooner, but this typically will not work out in their favor. Splitting up a high-net-worth marriage is like breaking up a large company. The process will take time, and the best course of action is to have patience in the process. The average high asset divorce could take around five to six months, but it can take longer if additional financial matters need to be addressed. 

The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with Balekian Hayes, PLLC visit, https://bh-pllc.com.

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For the second consecutive year, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que and Carter BloodCare are teaming up in the true spirit of giving this holiday season. The partnered organizations are appealing to North and East Texans to donate blood this fall as the community blood supply has dropped to an unprecedented low across the Lone Star State. 

Carter BloodCare officials note they have not seen such a chronic resource scarcity in their more than 30 years of blood industry experience. Because of this ongoing situation, first-time and lapsed volunteer donors are urgently needed to pump new blood into the local supply to save the lives of Texas patients.

To support the community during this nationwide shortage, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que and Carter BloodCare will hold mobile blood drives at the famed restaurant’s 18 locations in November. As a thank you, donors who give at any Carter BloodCare blood drive or donor center in November will receive a coupon good for $2 off any $10 purchase from Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, while supplies last.

“We at Soulman’s have always been encouraged by the generosity of our guests and extended Soulman’s family. This holiday season, it is vital to spread the spirit of giving and Carter BloodCare provides one of the most impactful gifts that affects local lives daily,” said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que.  

Organizers hope to see at least 50 donors per day for a total of 900 units of donated blood during the November drive. Each donated pint can help save three lives, meaning the drive can potentially and positively affect 2,700 patients in need of transfusions.  

Carter BloodCare President and CEO Dr. Merlyn Sayers said, “A key reason people cite for not donating blood is that no one asked them to do so. Thousands of qualified people have never been invited to give blood. Together, Carter BloodCare and Soulman’s Bar-B-Que now ask fellow Texans to donate with friends and family, because blood donation as a community is more important than ever to help local patients who depend on all of us.”

Said Randle, “We are excited to participate for a second year to support Carter BloodCare on this important initiative. The Soulman’s family invites our guests to join us in rebuilding this lifesaving community resource.”

Mobile blood drives are scheduled at the following Soulman’s locations: 

Hurst: Monday, Nov. 8, 3 – 6 p.m.

Forney: Friday, Nov. 12, 1 – 6 p.m.

Rockwall (Goliad location): Friday, Nov. 12, 1 – 6 p.m.

Mesquite: Friday, Nov. 12, noon – 5 p.m.

Sulphur Springs: Monday, Nov. 15, noon – 5 p.m.

Garland: Monday, Nov. 15, 1 – 6 p.m.

Allen: Monday, Nov. 15, 2 – 5 p.m.

Cedar Hill: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 3 – 7 p.m.

Mansfield: Thursday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Greenville: Friday, Nov. 19, noon – 5 p.m.

Van: Friday, Nov. 19, noon – 5 p.m.

Red Oak: Sunday, Nov. 21, noon – 5 p.m.

Lancaster: Monday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Quinlan: Monday, Nov. 22, noon – 5 p.m.

Lewisville: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rockwall (I-30 and Ridge Road location): Tuesday, Nov. 23, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Royse City: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Terrell: Tuesday, Nov. 23, noon – 5 p.m.

Donors are encouraged to make appointments in advance.

Carter BloodCare staff and unvaccinated donors are required to wear facial coverings at the blood drives, except when temperature is taken during screening, or when eating and drinking after the donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks. 

Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently. There is no upper age limit. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit CarterBloodCare.org.

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Physical Therapy Month happens every year in October to provide an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and the role professionals play in delivering life-changing early intervention treatment. The team of physical therapists at The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities –is an essential part of any early intervention treatment plan.

"Physical therapists play a vital role in early intervention – they help families with their child's development and ability to participate in age-appropriate and meaningful activities," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. "They use their training and skills specifically related to motor function and medical/healthcare science to provide an important contribution to the early intervention team."

Early intervention (EI) is the process of delivering services and support to children from birth to three years old and their families who may have or be at risk for a developmental delay, disability, or health condition that may affect development. The purpose of EI is to reduce the impact of a disability or delay by addressing identified needs of young children across five developmental areas: cognitive development, communication development, physical development, including vision and hearing, social or emotional development and adaptive development. As a part of early intervention services, families may work with a team of childhood intervention professionals, including physical therapists (PTs). Physical therapy may be the only kind of early intervention service a child needs or it may be combined with a coordinated, multidisciplinary program. The need for physical therapy is determined as part of the child's Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) through a family-centered care philosophy. Physical therapists collaborate with the team, exchange information with the family, and integrate interventions into everyday routines, activities, and locations.

Physical therapy helps children with disabilities in many ways. Some developmental achievements developed during physical therapy include the following: 

  • Learn to crawl so the child can move from place to place, get to their toys or follow their parents around the house. 
  • Learn how to hold, explore, and play with toys of different sizes, shapes, and weights. 
  • Learn to sit so the child can play on the floor with their siblings and friends. 
  • Improve balance so the child can walk on the grass or in the sand without falling. 
  • Develop strength and get fit so they can keep up with their friends. Physical therapy explicitly helps children develop the coordination to run, climb, slide, or jump in their backyard or local park.
  • Helps the child learn how to build, create, and participate in self-care activities. 

Physical therapy also helps families with children who have developmental delays or disabilities understand how to meet their child's needs. Participation in physical therapy allows families to develop opportunities for their children to develop motor skills. The Physical Therapy team at The Warren Center also ensures children receive therapy in their natural routines and environments. The PT will conduct a therapy session by using the stairs in the family’s home or apartment complex to help the child learn to use stairs. Or the therapist may use the family’s couch to teach the child how to pull up to stand. By conducting therapy sessions in the child’s natural environment, it will help children birth to age three generalize experiences and make parents feel more confident that they have the tools necessary to help their child daily. 

Additionally, Physical Therapists can help families find resources in their community suited to meet their child's needs. The support of a Physical Therapist can help families with their child's transition to preschool. Often times, PTs can help families make decisions on adaptative equipment such as walkers, standing frames and wheelchairs to determine when and if needed by the child. 

The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. The period between birth to five years is a time of rapid development. The earliest possible intervention is critical due to the accelerated brain development during these first years of life. Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, and labor market success. 

The Warren Center Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program serves children, ages birth to three years old, with developmental delays or disabilities. The Warren Center's team of early childhood specialists, therapists, social workers, and other professionals conduct evaluations and provide services to children and their families at home where they live, learn and play. The Warren Center's team of highly skilled therapists is ready to help children with developmental delays and disabilities reach their full potential with early childhood intervention. To request services, parents are encouraged to fill out a form on the nonprofit's website or call 972-490-9055 to learn more about Early Childhood Intervention services.

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The holidays just got a lot more soulful. Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is proud to introduce North Texans to their expanded holiday offerings for 2021. The holiday menu features two holiday heat and serve options as well as the long-awaited Soulman’s Cajun Fried Turkey. Preordering is available HERE. 

“For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has celebrated all that the holidays bring to homes across North Texas, from the family and friends, tried-and-true traditions, abundant gratitude to the delicious food. We continue to share our family favorites this holiday season, and are offering our new Soulful Holiday meal in hopes that our customers will experience more peace of mind and soul by letting us do the cooking,” says Brett Randle, CEO Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. 

North Texans can choose Soulman’s traditional holiday meal, including bone-in hickory-smoked turkey, or the spiral sliced holiday ham, mouth-watering sides including cornbread dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and traditional cranberry sauce. The family meal serves approximately 10-12 people for $134.99. The new Soulful Holiday Meal features Soulman’s sliced brisket and sausage with mac and cheese, ranch house beans, dinner rolls and Soulman’s signature Bar-B-Que sauce for $149.99 to serve 10-12 people. For dessert, Soulman’s has homemade buttermilk and pecan pies available to make any holiday meal complete for $17.99. 

To give this year’s holiday meal a bit more kick, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que introduces their new Cajun Fried Turkey to the menu. “Our Cajun fried turkey has been in the works for quite some time,” says Randle.  “Delicious, juicy and other-worldly tender, this unique Cajun flavor has quickly become a favorite of ours.” The Cajun Fried Turkey can be added to the traditional holiday meal for $4.99 or ordered on its own for $84.99. It is to be noted that all Cajun Fried Turkeys are fried in peanut oil.

For North Texans looking to branch out from the traditional holiday dinner, Soulman’s offers party packs to make catering holiday parties easy and delicious. From succulent beef brisket to delicious pulled pork, Soulman’s catering brings something to the table for everyone throughout the season. Those who choose to enjoy the holidays stress-free can pre-order from the holiday catering menu.

This family-owned and operated company has prepared family meals that have customers coming back year after year for more than four decades. Soulman’s has remained true to its original strive for consistent quality and is honored to be considered the Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout & Delivery (2020).

For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans! Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020).

Soulman’s currently owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in AllenCedar HillForneyGarlandGreenvilleHurstLancasterLewisville, Mansfield, MesquiteQuinlanRed OakRockwall I-30Rockwall Goliad,Royse City,  Sulphur SpringsTerrell and Van.To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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Balekian Hayes, PLLC, one of North Texas’ premiere family law firms, has expanded into Seven Points, Texas with an additional location at 720 S Hwy 274, Seven Points, TX 75143. BH Family Law practice areas include divorce, child custody, child support matters, custody modifications and matters involving child protective services.

 “We are seeing an increasing need for our approach to family law and service capabilities outside of the immediate Dallas area, adding this office was the logical next step for expansion and organic growth in our business plan. Family law cases are often very complicated, but the more resources that are available to families going through transition, the better, no matter what North Texas county you call home,” says Kris Balekian Hayes managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC.

Balekian Hayes is one of only 867 Board Certified Family Law lawyers in Texas, and was recently recognized by the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© as one of the best family lawyers in the country. 

Led by Kris Balekian Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. To learn more about Balekian Hayes, visit https://www.bh-pllc.com/ or call the Cedar Creek office at 903-600-6CCL (Cedar Creek Lawyer).

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At 5-years-old, Conner cannot yet walk or speak. Still, he's working on it every day with the help of his friends at The Warren Center, a Richardson-based nonprofit that empowers kids with developmental delays and disabilities. Therapy services provided by The Warren Center are helping Conner learn how to stand and communicate. He recently completed intensive suit therapy sessions at The Warren Center to help him walk.  

Conner was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, not making any sounds. The nurses worked to get him to breathe and then rushed him to the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). It was more than 30 hours later when Conner's mom Angela held him for the first time. He spent those first 16 days of his life in the NICU, where he struggled with feeding and growing, and as a result, he received his first feeding tube. Despite being born full-term, the hospital staff said Conner was "acting like a preemie baby." Even after he was discharged from the NICU, the hospital stays did not end there. 

It has been a long journey with several challenges along the way for Conner. Today he cannot talk or walk yet and is on continuous feeds with a feeding tube. However, Conner has a team of therapists at The Warren Center working with him to help him reach his full potential.

Conner initially received in-home therapy services through the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program. In the beginning, he did not have motor skills, and he could not sit, hold his head up or grasp items. With the help of therapists at The Warren Center and the education and coaching that Conner's family received, he was able to sit when he was two. He was fitted for glasses that allowed him to see more of his surroundings and touch items after his therapists recommended a vision evaluation. Both Conner and his family developed a close relationship with his therapists. He transitioned to Clinic Therapy Services after he graduated from the ECI program at three years old.

"Early Childhood Intervention was amazing just because the therapists were there, and they were with us. So, then that made the transition to Clinic Therapy Services so much easier and is one of the big components of why we came here rather than going somewhere else," Angela said.

Conner is continuing to work on his fine and gross motor skills and feeding and speech in Clinic Therapy Services. He is trying communication devices and new textures and flavors of foods. He is also standing longer now with less support and learning how to manipulate objects with his fingers.

"With help from his occupational therapist Jenna, Conner is now able to scoot on his rear using his arms and legs from one room to another. He is also practicing pull to stand position," Angela said.

In addition to therapy services, Conner's therapists provide his parents with resources and tips to help with his development. They regularly work with his parents to ensure that he has the equipment needed to help with mobility, including orthotics, which provide more stability during standing and walking activities, and a medical stroller, which offers positioning and support. Conner's therapists have also provided his family with suggestions for toys that help with his development and a routine chart they created to help him establish a bedtime routine.

Although Conner is making significant progress with the therapy services and support, he receives at The Warren Center, doctors still do not have a diagnosis. Conner has been a part of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) – "a research study to improve the level of diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions," according to the National Institutes of Health. The UDN is currently reanalyzing his exome sequence data to try to find a diagnosis for Conner.

The Warren Center relies on the support of donations from the community to help children like Conner. At The Warren Center, every donation of $25 helps provide an hour of therapy, and the nonprofit is hoping to raise 2,000 hours of therapy to help more children like Conner. Donors can choose to give to kids on North Texas Giving Day held on September 23, 2021, here: https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/thewarrencenter.

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Best Lawyers®, the only peer-review guide to the legal profession, recently announced the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© — adding Texas family law attorney Kris Balekian Hayes to the highly sought-after list for the second consecutive year. To be recognized by the Best Lawyer in America publication, honorees are reviewed by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 147 practice areas. More than 10.8 million evaluations were analyzed in the United States, which resulted in recognition of approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice across the country.

“I am honored to be recognized as a top family lawyer in the country for the second year in a row,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “Lawyers generally don’t have a great reputation and I try to make sure our firm never falls into that group. It’s our policy that while honesty can sometimes cost us, we owe it to our clients to give it to them. This philosophy has proven to reward us with recognition by our peers and referrals from our loyal clients.” 

Kris earned her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio after completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She continued her education by earning a Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, she is dual-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare. She is one of 47 family lawyers in the state of Texas that carries a dual certification in both of these areas. She is a credentialed mediator in all civil, family and CPS matters. Today she serves as managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, based in Dallas, TX.

Led by Kris Balekian Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces, to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. To learn more about Balekian Hayes, visit https://www.bh-pllc.com/.

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Best Lawyers®, the only peer-review guide to the legal profession, recently announced the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© — adding Texas family law attorney Kris Balekian Hayes to the highly sought-after list for the second consecutive year. To be recognized by the Best Lawyer in America publication, honorees are reviewed by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 147 practice areas. More than 10.8 million evaluations were analyzed in the United States, which resulted in recognition of approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice across the country.

“I am honored to be recognized as a top family lawyer in the country for the second year in a row,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “Lawyers generally don’t have a great reputation and I try to make sure our firm never falls into that group. It’s our policy that while honesty can sometimes cost us, we owe it to our clients to give it to them. This philosophy has proven to reward us with recognition by our peers and referrals from our loyal clients.”

Kris earned her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio after completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She continued her education by earning a Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, she is dual-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare. She is one of 47 family lawyers in the state of Texas that carries a dual certification in both of these areas. She is a credentialed mediator in all civil, family and CPS matters. Today she serves as managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, based in Dallas, TX.