Melissa O'Neal

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  • Texas
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I was born and raised in Northeast Texas and after graduating from East Texas State University in 1996, I worked as a paralegal for Foley & Coley until December of 2000 when I relocated to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law. While in law school, I worked full time for Crain, Caton & James, a large law firm in downtown Houston. In December of 2005, I graduated from South Texas College of Law and passed the Texas Bar in February 2006. I was licensed to practice law by May of 2006.

I had a successfully practice in East Texas until April 2023 when God led me to be closer to my children and moved me to Gods country and my forever home in West Columbia, Brazoria County Texas.

I practice in the areas of guardianship, probate and family law. I am also a licensed mediator. I would love to get to know your story and assist you with any needs you may have in these areas.

Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Wills
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Texas
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Professional Experience
Law Offices of Melissa O'Neal, P. C.
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Successful practice in Family Law, Guardianship, Probate and Estate Planning in Wood County Texas until May 2023 when I relocated to Brazoria County Texas. I will continue to practice in the same areas with a focus on Guardianship.
Sr. Paralegal
Crain Caton & James
Sr. Paralegal at a large Houston Firm before relocating back to East Texas to practice law after obtaining law degree.
Foley & Colley
Worked as a paralegal in a Tyler Law Firm until I moved to Houston to go to Law School.
South Texas College of Law
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Texas  # 24047821
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State Bar of Texas
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Legal Answers
17 Questions Answered
Q. How would an heir go about addressing a church pastor who took over a deceased loved one's property and assets?
A: I also agree with setting a meeting with the pastor to determine what he knows and maybe take proof if you have any of your relationship. Also agree that you will want to meet with a probate attorney as soon as possible. If you are aware of a will provide any information you have. When you meet with a probate attorney they will know what to ask you in order to proceed with the proper type of probate procedure.
Q. My son’s mother has been incarcerated since December 2022. I want to file for custody but I don’t know where to start.
A: I would advise where you start depends on what your relationship has been. As the father you should have a priority right to possession. But if you have not has a relationship or supported your child that can create some grey area. If you have had regular contact with your child, you should file for custody. If there is a prior divorce or custody order that would mean a modification. If there has never been a court order you would file a Suit Affecting Parent Child relationship if you were never married to the mother. You should consult with an attorney in the area where the child has been residing for the last six months as that will be the proper court to file unless there is a prior order then you will need to file in the same court because that court is a court of continuing jurisdiction unless and until a transfer has been ordered. ... Read More
Q. How do i know if a response was filed for a SAPCR? If no response is made what do I do next?
A: After the deadline has passed confirm with the clerk that no answer has been filed and then ask to set it for a hearing.
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Melissa O'Neal
201 E. Myrtle, Box 12 (Suite 210)
Angleton, TX 77515
Telephone: (979) 330-5122
Fax: (903) 638-6897
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 AM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Offering virtual appointments. Contact me by e-mail at for appointment times and location options in West Columbia and Angleton.
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