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v Family Matters vFamily Law Attorney On Mission to ImproveLives and Help FamiliesCBy Crista Branch, Attorneyrista Branch first realized she wanted to be a lawyer in high school. “In my senior governmentclass, we held a mock trial, and I was a prosecutor,” she recalled. “Arguing my case in front of a judge, I just fell in love with everything about the legal system.”Branch put her plan to be an attorney into motion, graduating from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1997. She kicked off her legal career in 1998 defending large insurance companies. While she excelled in this specialty, she felt something was missing. She wasn’t connecting with anyone.“I wanted to make a difference. I knew that practicing family law, I could really help people. I believe it’s what I am meant to do,” explains Crista.In 2002, Branch began practicing family law, and established the Branch Family Law Firm in 2005. She has been serving clients in and around San Antonio, navigating complex, emotional and sensitive family law cases for twenty years. It turns out that family law is her calling. She is humbled that her clients trust her to help them during what is often the most difficult time of their lives.“Divorce, child support, custody...they are all very trying issues. “My main mission is to help people find their happiness. Everyone deserves to be happy, no matter what that journey looks like,” says Crista. “Our legal system isn’t as black and white as people think,” Branch explained. “There are so many nuances. Even in an amicable divorce, if something changes a few yearsSMART OPTIONS FOR HOMEAND AUTO INSURANCEWE OFFER SAVINGS ON:• Professional Groups • Multiple Policies • Good Students • Multiple Cars• Safe Drivers & Alternative Fuel VehiclesCall today for a no-obligation quote! Susan Garza(210) 277-724621720 Hardy Oak Blvd. Suite 110San Antonio, TX SGARZA@FARMERSAGENT.COMdown the road, you can’t go back and modify your divorce agreement. We are here to make sure you’re protected and given what you’re entitled to.”Beyond handling divorces, child support, and custody case, The Branch Family Law Firm also handles, surrogacy, adoption, premarital and post marital agreements and more. Three attorneys and a full-time staff of four support employees, provide clients with both the power of a talented legal team and the one-on-one attention their case deserves.“We all have the same philosophy,” Branch explained. “We will always fight for what our clients deserve.”Branch and her team are motivated by their clients’ desire to find peace and happiness and move forward with their lives. Branch recently helped a woman leave a controlling relationship, gain financial freedom, and begin a new life with her children. Branch devised an ending so that her client could find a new beginning.“At our firm, we do the best that we can for our clients,” Branch said. “We communicate honestly, and we don’t hesitate to fight for what’s right.”Appointments can be made by calling (210) 229-2088.Crista Marichalar Branch, P.C.549 Heimer Rd., Suite 200 San Antonio, Texas 78232 (210) 229-2088 www.branchfamilylaw.comfor All Your sweet treatsHours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 6pm19141 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 302210.375.4714 • Bellarocupcakery.comOur Private Duty Services Include: • Personal care• Companionship Care• Transportation• Light Housekeeping• Additional Services With RN OversightBook your FREE assessment today!210-982-341518838 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 102A San Antonio, TX 78258Compassionate Doctor Specializing in Diagnosis and Treatment ofADHD/ADD in Children and AdultsSEPTEMBER APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLECertified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2 specialties: General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent PsychiatryDr. Lyudmila Hartt, MD- ADHD is a common neurobiological disorder which is frequently unrecognized.- Children with untreated ADHD often fall behind at school and/or have behavioral problems.- Adults with untreated ADHD are found to have lower level of education and income, and higher rates of divorce, unemployment, legal problems and car accidents.Call to make appointment(210) 495-4085Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Dr. Hartt is in Aetna and BCBS PPO Networks Competitive Out of Network Rates400 North Loop 1604 East Suite • #125 San Antonio, TX 78232Guiness Book Of World RecordSan Antonio’s Mariachi KidSinger, Mateo LopezBy Tracy PetersAmuch needed catch up with Mateo Lopez, the mariachi cutie has been busier than ever! As a toddler, he started singing with a passion specifically for mariachi music. Singing his heart out, everyone who heard him immediately realized his gifting evident at such a young age. Lopez started booking gigs around San Antonio, his home city. Over the years, his popularity grew to where he now travels out of state to perform.From last hearing about Lopez a few years ago, he is currently in third grade and enhancing his language skills in the dual language program at school, fluent in English and Spanish. While maintaining his grades, Lopez is also juggling acting, vocal, and guitar lessons. In his little free time,Mariachi - continued on page 12 September 11

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