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Siobhan Kratovil

Siobhan Kratovil
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Siobhán* Fitzpatrick Kratovil is a stay-at-home mom, solo attorney, and blogger. She practices in the Dallas area and specializes in business law and estate planning for families with young children. After years of conversations with other parents that started with “You’re a lawyer, right? I’ve got a question for you,” Siobhán started writing her blog Lex Mater (The Law Mother). With no legalese and a lot of humor, she answers a broad range of legal questions from parents, including what are those pesky liability waivers/releases you have to sign for every kid activity, how do you pick guardians for your kids, and her personal favorite, whose responsible when your kid’s favorite glitter shoes are stolen at an indoor trampoline park. Siobhán and her husband Chris, who is also an attorney, are the parents of four girls, Caitríona (13), Cara (10), Kelsey (8), and Claire (4). When she’s not mothering, lawyering, or blogging, Siobhán is a runner with far more passion than speed. You can find Siobhán at Lex Mater, on Facebook , on Twitter , and on Instagram. * Don’t know how to pronounce Siobhán? Don’t worry. It’s one of those impossible Irish names no one outside of Ireland can pronounce or spell. It’s pronounced “shiv-awn.”
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How to Survive Working from Home with Kids {But no Childcare}

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Like clockwork, when a natural disaster strikes, people are forced to hunker down at home, and 9 months later the birth rate spikes. Will we see the same thing with the COVID-19 {coronavirus} pandemic? Parents “working...
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Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to Kid-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Events...

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When Should You Give Your Child a Smartphone?

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Parents of young children beware. By the age of 10, 12 at the latest, your child will need to have a smartphone. Or, at least she will think so. “All of the other kids have one,”...

Most of Your Stuff Is Worthless :: 3 Things You Should Be Doing NOW...

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My husband and I have walked into my late mother-in-law’s house for the last time. We are in the process of settling her estate, including the sale of her house and disposition of everything in...

Run Now Gobble Later :: Preparing for a Turkey Trot

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I have a confession—I don’t like Thanksgiving. From the food (bleh) to the frenzied consumerism of Black Friday, it’s my least favorite holiday. Put your fat pants on…it’s time to eat (and other reasons why I don’t...

Why We Love Our {Catholic School}

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One December, I found myself frantically planning for the running of my home and family while I would be recovering from an upcoming surgery. Grocery shopping, getting the kids to and from school, Christmas...

How to Raise Assertive Kids Who Can Stand Up for Themselves {Without Being Rude}

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Little eyes are always watching, little ears are always listening. My four girls recently had a front row seat to how well (or as it turns out not well) I stand up for myself. Our car...

How to Prepare Yourself for Divorce :: Alexandra Geczi PLLC

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What Your Husband Can Do NOW to Support You (and Save Your Marriage)

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**This post has been sponsored by Alexandra Geczi PLLC. All opinions are 100% our own.** 22 years ago, I met a guy. He sat across the room from me in law school. Was it his rugged...

Divorce for the Stay-At-Home Mom

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**This post has been sponsored by Alexandra Geczi PLLC. All opinions are 100% our own.** “You’re a lawyer? Can I ask you a question?” I’m a lawyer and part and parcel of being one is people...

Want to Make Mom Friends? Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

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What’s your “mom” elevator pitch? How do you describe yourself to other moms when you first meet them? In 20 seconds or less. I recently got hammered by another mom on my mom elevator pitch. I...
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Is Academic Redshirting Right for Your Child?

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My fourth and youngest child just turned five and should be starting kindergarten in the fall. Except maybe she won’t. Or maybe she will. I’m still trying to decide. For the fourth time, I have...