Lynn Bizzell and Cindy Bizzell v. Centex Home Equity Company, LLC and Substitute Trustee Acting on Behalf of Centex Home Equity Company, LLC--Appeal from 26th District Court of Williamson County

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TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN NO. 03-05-00427-CV Lynn Bizzell and Cindy Bizzell, Appellants v. Centex Home Equity Company, LLC and Substitute Trustee Acting on Behalf of Centex Home Equity Company, LLC, Appellees FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY, 26TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT NO. 04-241-C26, HONORABLE BILLY RAY STUBBLEFIELD, JUDGE PRESIDING MEMORANDUM OPINION Appellants Lynn Bizzell and Cindy Bizzell seek an extension of time to file their notice of appeal from a summary judgment granted in favor of appellees Centex Home Equity Company, LLC and Substitute Trustee Acting on Behalf of Centex Home Equity Company, LLC (collectively Centex ). Centex s response to the Bizzells motion asks us to deny the motion and dismiss the Bizzells attempted appeal for want of jurisdiction. See Tex. R. App. P. 42.3(a). The court signed the summary judgment on March 31, 2005. The deadline for perfecting appeal was therefore May 2. See Tex. R. App. P. 26.1, 4.1(a). The Bizzells did not file their notice of appeal with the district court clerk until July 1. See Tex. R. App. P. 25.1, Tex. R. Civ. P. 21a. The same day, they sought an extension of time to file their notice of appeal. See Tex. R. App. P. 26.1, 26.3. On May 20 the Bizzells filed a motion for new trial and a sworn 306a motion seeking to restart their appellate deadlines because they did not receive notice of the judgment until April 21. See Tex. R. Civ. P. 306a(4); see also Tex. R. App. P. 4.2(a)(1). The sworn motion invokes the trial court s jurisdiction for the limited purpose of holding a hearing to determine the date of notice. Grondona v. Sutton, 991 S.W.2d 90, 91-92 (Tex. App. Austin 1998, pet. denied). The trial court s plenary jurisdiction is measured from the date determined under rule 306a(4). John v. Marshall Health Svcs., Inc., 58 S.W.3d 738, 741 (Tex. 2001). After a hearing on June 6, the district court entered an order denying the 306a(5) motion on July 19 and stated that the March 31 date of the judgment remained applicable. After receiving notice on April 21, the Bizzells had an opportunity to file a motion contesting the judgment until May 2. See Tex. R. Civ. P. 329b. The Bizzells also had time to seek an extension from this Court for filing their notice of appeal between April 21 and May 17. See Tex. R. App. P. 26.1, 26.3. The Bizzells did not avail themselves of either available procedure. Their notice of appeal on July 1 was untimely and, under the circumstances, we lack jurisdiction to dispose of the purported appeal in any manner other than dismissal for want of jurisdiction. See Tex. R. App. P. 42.3(a). We deny the motions for extension of time and to abate, and we dismiss the appeal. Jan P. Patterson, Justice Before Chief Justice Law, Justices Patterson and Puryear Dismissed for Want of Jurisdiction Filed: September 15, 2005 2