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Dallas-Fort Worth Business Attorneys

Dallas, Texas-based Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., is a full-service business and commercial law firm providing quality legal services to clients throughout the State. The firm’s practice is focused on the areas of real estate, dispute resolution, business litigation, employment law and municipal law, among others.

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Mark E. Bennett
Partner

BUSINESS LAW & LITIGATION

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J. Michael Weston
President, Co-Founder

BUSINESS LAW & LITIGATION

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Jay A. LaJone
Partner

BUSINESS LAW & LITIGATION

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Bruce E. Turner
Partner

BUSINESS LAW & REAL ESTATE

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Kevin M. Ross
Attorney

BUSINESS LAW & ESTATE PLANNING

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Mary Ann Beaty
Attorney

FAMILY LAW & ESTATE PLANNING

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The Business Mediation Process

The Business Mediation Process

Business Mediation Process When two businesses are involved in a dispute, it’s often more beneficial for both to resolve the
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The Commercial Eviction Process

The Commercial Eviction Process

Both lessor and lessee can be negatively impacted by a poor commercial lease situation. These situations may in one way
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Adverse Possession & Boundary Disputes

Adverse Possession & Boundary Disputes

Boundary disputes are commonly thought of as part of the realm of residential real estate, but they’re every bit as
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How Relocation to a New State Affects an Estate Plan

How Relocation to a New State Affects an Estate Plan

Review Your Estate Plan for an Out-of-State Move If you are planning a move out of state, you will have plenty
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Corporate Self-Dealing

Corporate Self-Dealing

Partners within a business have a fiduciary duty to act in the company’s best interest. So, too, do banks toward
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Transferring Mineral Rights in Texas

Transferring Mineral Rights in Texas

Owning property. It’s an integral part of the American dream. You can survey your property and proudly declare that this
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Legal Documents Every College Student Needs

Legal Documents Every College Student Needs

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Legal Issues Arising After Natural Disasters

Legal Issues Arising After Natural Disasters

Over the last couple of months, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have dominated the news. Now wildfires are sweeping through
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Texas Commercial Foreclosure & Tenants’ Rights

Texas Commercial Foreclosure & Tenants’ Rights

When signed the lease and moved into your office space, you probably had little concern that the building you office
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Divorce & Business Ownership

Divorce & Business Ownership

No one knows what the future holds and business owners must take precautions to plan and prepare for even unlikely
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Ponzi Schemes Are Still Around

Ponzi Schemes Are Still Around

You would think after Bernie Madoff, no one would ever fall for it again, but that is just not the
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Post Mortem Tax Planning for Couples

Post Mortem Tax Planning for Couples

Post-mortem tax planning refers to the arrangements an individual makes prior to death to minimize the overall tax liability of
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Best Practices for Commercial Real Estate Financing

Best Practices for Commercial Real Estate Financing

What sets commercial loans apart from residential financing is that a commercial real estate loan is secured for the purpose
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Price Gouging Defense & Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

Price Gouging Defense & Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, can bring out the best and worst in people. It is heartwarming to see folks
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Land Use & Zoning Laws

Land Use & Zoning Laws

If you’ve traveled anywhere in the state of Texas, you’ve probably noticed that real estate zoning is handled on a
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Legal Considerations for Startups

Legal Considerations for Startups

With our recent economic expansion and favorable regulatory and tax environments, Texas has become an excellent starting place for new
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Supervised Visitation in Texas

Supervised Visitation in Texas

The goal of supervised visitation is to keep both parents involved in the lives of their children while ensuring the
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Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11: Small Business Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11: Small Business Bankruptcy

If the debt burden you are is facing is insurmountable, you may be considering bankruptcy for your small business.  This
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Beware The Hidden Franchise

Beware The Hidden Franchise

Have you entered into a partnership with others who are investing their time and money in your business, e.g. someone
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Employee Disloyalty – When an Employee Breaches Their Fiduciary Duty

Employee Disloyalty – When an Employee Breaches Their Fiduciary Duty

When you hear the words “your fiduciary responsibility to a company,” you might be imagining the inner workings of the
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Spousal Maintenance Agreements

Spousal Maintenance Agreements

Spousal maintenance and alimony are often used interchangeably, and in essence, are the same thing. However, under Texas law, there
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Commercial Lease Negotiation Pitfalls

Commercial Lease Negotiation Pitfalls

Signing a business contract, such as a commercial lease, can be stressful. You are committing to a payment schedule over
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Partnership Agreement Types

Partnership Agreement Types

You might think the arrangement you have with your business partner is just fine the way it is, with a
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Breach of Contract and Resulting Damages

Breach of Contract and Resulting Damages

A breach of contract happens when there is a failure to perform any or all terms of a contract, whether
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Advance Directives 101

Advance Directives 101

An advance directive is any type of legal document that outlines your wishes regarding your medical care or treatment before
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Myths About Commercial Bankruptcy

Myths About Commercial Bankruptcy

Many view filing bankruptcy as a hopeless fate to be avoided at all costs. While it is a situation businesses
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Probating a Will in Texas

Probating a Will in Texas

At the passing of a loved one, friends and family experience a wide range of emotions. Concern and confusion over
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The importance of planning for business emergencies

The importance of planning for business emergencies

Most Texas entrepreneurs know about the importance of writing business plans for their start-up companies. Entrepreneurs also should plan for
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The issue of testamentary capacity in a Texas will contest

The issue of testamentary capacity in a Texas will contest

To make a valid will, the testator must be of sufficient age and sound mind. When someone executes a will, he
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Kicking off your new Texas business: choice of business entity

Kicking off your new Texas business: choice of business entity

An increasingly healthy Dallas-Fort Worth economy may be a good environment to start a new commercial enterprise. Dallas-Fort Worth's economic recovery
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Taking a Deposition Without Filing Suit

Taking a Deposition Without Filing Suit

Rule 202: Depositions Before Suit or to Investigate Claims Texas law provides that you may be able to take the deposition
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Importing & Exporting Judgments

Importing & Exporting Judgments

  Did you know you can import a judgment from another state (and sometimes from other countries) into Texas as if
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The importance of trademarks for brand identity

The importance of trademarks for brand identity

Trademarks are very important for entrepreneurs who want to protect their brand. “Brand identity" can be difficult to define, but
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Assessing security risks with mergers and acquisitions

Assessing security risks with mergers and acquisitions

When Texas business owners are interested in merging with or acquiring another business, it is important that they conduct a
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Business Plans?

Business Plans?

Many small business owners start their businesses without a business plan and continue in business for many years using the
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Does your business have a valid non-compete agreement?

Does your business have a valid non-compete agreement?

Employees are a key to a successful business. No matter how good the product, the inability to do something with
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Well Drafted Contracts form the backbone of successful business relationships

Well Drafted Contracts form the backbone of successful business relationships

There are contracts and there are contracts. Many contracts are entered with every understanding well documented, other contracts are entered
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Soccer in the United States

Soccer in the United States

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New Overtime Rules

New Overtime Rules

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Doing Business with Texas Companies

Doing Business with Texas Companies

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Airplanes

Airplanes

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Buying a Home is Very Stressful

Buying a Home is Very Stressful

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Uniform Codes

Uniform Codes

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Slander of a Dog

Slander of a Dog

Many times when a new attorney joins a law firm, the new attorney will inherit unusual cases because other attorneys
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Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices

Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practices

In the practice of law, an attorney sees a wide range of ways that people cheat other people.  Recognizing that
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Bennett Weston LaJone & Turner is a full-service law firm with 13 attorneys whose practice areas include business law, business litigation, real estate, family law, estate planning and probate, and more. We offer the range of legal services and representation of the big downtown firms, without the hefty price tag. With more than 75 years combined legal experience, our attorneys are ready to help you resolve your business or personal legal matter.

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