Did you know the City of Shavano Park has a strict marriage code that it enforces through Bexar County Probate Court?
May 22, 2018: Judge Tom Rickhoff makes it crystal clear: If two adults wish to co-habitate in Shavano Park, Texas, they must be legally married – no common-law marriage will be accepted.
According to Judge Tom Rickhoff none of these Frost Bank or Adult Protective Services (APS) investigations would have occurred – in fact the whole guardianship would not have occurred — IF Laura had been able to obtain a ring and a promise of marriage, from Charlie Thrash, instead of simply living together as common-law man & wife, as Charlie and Laura thought they had the right to do, until Judge Rickhoff decided on Nov 15, 2018 that Charlie Thrash & Laura Martinez did not have the right to live as an unmarried couple in Shavano Park.
For that mistake – of Charlie & Laura believing they could live as an unmarried couple in an $800,000 house paid for with cash (thereby costing Frost Bank a pretty penny in lost mortgage fees) Charlie has forfeited his entire estimated $3,000,000 estate to his estranged grand-niece Tonya Barina – all under the court orders of Judges Tom Rickhoff and now Oscar Kazen, prodded by Frost Bank (a so-called private banking institution) and Adult Protective Services.
Below is a PDF of the court transcript from May 22, 2018 where Judge Tom Rickhoff really did make these pronouncements concerning Rickhoff’s personal expected level of legal marriage commitment from consenting adults in the State of Texas, to avoid investigations from their bank (if they bank at Frost Bank, as Charlie Thrash once did), and Adult Protective Services (APS).
Always remember, Charlie had never ever laid eye on Tonya Barina until on Nov 15, 2018, the day Tonya made the application to guardianize Charlie, and was awarded the right to be guardian of Charlie’s estimated $3,000,000 by Judge Tom Rickhoff.
Judge Rickhoff (referring to Charlie Thrash, being put under guardianship, and Laura Martinez, Charlie’s common-law wife): Okay. And so why aren’t you two married?
Mr. Charles Thrash (calling out to Judge Rickhoff from gallery as he was not allowed to participate in his own trial): We were going to get you to do that.
Judge: No, Charlie, I already know what you said. I already heard from you.
This would be a lot simpler if you two were married, you know, nobody can bother you.
Laura Martinez, (Charlie’s common-law wife of six years, the Witness): Well we wanted to.
Judge: You’re living together anyway. You’re inheriting all the money, you know. You’re taking care of each other. That’s what married people do, especially ones your age. You know, that’s what I do.
Judge (to Laura): Okay, look — okay, look —
Frost Bank wouldn’t give you any trouble if you’re married. APS [Adult Protective Services] wouldn’t either. The lawyer wouldn’t walk out on you or call the other heir, or the person on the Will, the beneficiary. None of this would have happened if you lived that way [were married]. We wouldn’t be here. All this money, it’s just a big waste of time.
Judge (to Laura): Wait. Wait. I don’t care about the jeweler. Don’t you see the failure to get married has caused all this?
Judge (to Laura): I mean, if he’s going to give you a Will, why wouldn’t he give you a ring?
Laura: Exactly. That’s exactly what he told me. And this was —
Judge Rickhoff (to the other lawyers): Okay. Well I’m — this is pretty unnecessary.
But Bill [Leighner], let’s hear what some of these relatives have to say.
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Bill Leighner is with Cavaretta, Katona & Leighner (CKL-Lawyers.com) and is one of six attorneys for estranged grand-niece Tonya Barina, who never met Charlie until the day she guardianized her wealthy uncle — all thanks to Barina’s lawyer Bill Leighner at CKL-Lawyers.com and Judges Tom Rickhoff and now Oscar Kazen.