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Defendant's Attorney: Ms. Nancy L. Nicolas
Austin, Texas – Child Custody lawyer represented Defendant contesting termination of her parental rights to her children.
T.C. (Mother) appeals from the trial court’s final decree terminating her parental rights to her children, Z.D. and D.D.
On appeal, Mother’s court-appointed attorney has filed a brief concluding that the appeal is frivolous and without merit. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 744 (1967); Taylor v. Texas Dep’t of Protective & Regulatory Servs., 160 S.W.3d 641, 646–47 (Tex. App.—Austin 2005, pet. denied) (applying Anders procedure in appeal from termination of parental
rights). The brief meets the requirements of Anders by presenting a professional evaluation of the record demonstrating why there are no arguable grounds to be advanced on appeal. See386 U.S. at 744; Taylor, 160 S.W.3d at 646–47. Mother’s counsel has certified to this Court that he provided Mother with a copy of the Anders brief and informed her of her right to examine theappellate record and to file a pro se brief. To date, Mother has not filed a pro se brief.
Upon receiving an Anders brief, we must conduct a full examination of the proceedings to determine whether the appeal is wholly frivolous. Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 80 (1988). We have reviewed the entire record, including the Anders brief submitted on Mother’s behalf, and have found nothing that would arguably support an appeal. We agree that the appeal is frivolous and without merit.
Outcome: Accordingly, we affirm the trial court’s final decree terminating Mother’s parental rights.