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Transferring Mineral Rights in Texas

Property ownership is an integral part of the American dream. Ownership of property has historically included the cone from the center of the earth to outer-space. You can survey your property and proudly declare that this expanse of land is yours. Legally, ownership of that expanse of land is known as the surface rights estate, [...]

2020-09-22T12:43:02-05:00September 15th, 2020|Estate Planning, Oil & Gas|

Common Mistakes to Avoid Negotiating Mineral Leases

With hundreds of oil and gas wells dotting the landscape, mineral leases are commonplace in the state of Texas. A mineral lease is a legally binding document that sets the terms of an arrangement between the mineral owner and an individual/business (the leaseholder), granting the latter the right to extract minerals. (The mineral owner may [...]

2020-09-22T12:46:29-05:00September 15th, 2020|Oil & Gas|

Is Your Case Suitable for JP Court?

Small Civil Claims Effective September 1, 2020, Texas law will change to allow parties to bring civil actions for up to $20,000 in our justice of the peace courts. Prior to that, the limit was $10,000, and had not changed since 2007.  Television shows like “The People’s Court” and “Judge Judy” have popularized the concept of [...]

2020-08-20T17:09:22-05:00August 20th, 2020|Business Litigation|

What You Need to Know About Deeds of Trust in Texas

While countless Texans have borrowed money from a lender to purchase real estate, many are unaware that Texas is a “deed of trust” state. A deed of trust is the legal device for affirming the delegated responsibilities of a property. Like a mortgage, a deed of trust is executed when someone gets a loan from [...]

2020-04-17T13:52:28-05:00April 1st, 2020|Real Estate|

A Guide for Divorced Parents on COVID-19

COVID-19 & Extended Spring Breaks As more and more local schools announce that they are extending Spring Break in response to the global novel coronavirus pandemic, parents are asking how will the extension of Spring Break affect their rights under existing possession orders.  The short answer is that there is no definitive binding legal [...]

2020-03-13T11:06:10-05:00March 13th, 2020|Business Law, Business Litigation|

Join Us at ASC’s Heart & Sole 5k!

We are excited to invite our clients to join our firm in supporting Attorneys Serving the Community (ASC) and this year’s ASC Heart & Sole 5K on February 15, 2020. Contact Taylor Wilson at for a $5 off registration fee code. All proceeds of this year’s race go to Hope Supply Company and their mission of [...]

2020-01-23T15:03:20-06:00January 23rd, 2020|Business Law, Business Litigation|

Check out Taylor Wilson’s latest CLE article for DAYL

On January 15th, a panel consisting of Judge Melissa Bellan, Michael K. Hurst, and Saba Syed accompanied by moderator Stephen Huschka discussed Ending Rambo Litigation – Embracing an Age of Civility. While the panel had entertaining war stories to share, they also focused on specific do’s and don’ts we can abide by as young lawyers. [...]

2020-01-22T16:11:52-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Business Law, Business Litigation|

Texas Law Ignored For Interference With Child Custody

Apparently, the Texas penal code 25.03 regarding interference with child custody is not enforced in most cities around the state including Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The law stipulates that anyone knowingly taking or retaining a child when there is a standing judgment in the custody matter is in violation of a criminal offense that [...]

2020-01-16T15:04:46-06:00January 3rd, 2020|Business Law, Family Law|

When Parents Do Not Show Up For Their Visitation Time

Texas courts consider the best interests of the child when awarding custody and visitation rights. However, just because a judge says that non-custodial parents can visit their child does not mean they will. Failing to spend time with children could hurt their feelings, but custodial parents should consider the potential damage that seeking a change [...]

2020-01-16T15:05:33-06:00January 3rd, 2020|Business Law, Family Law|

Failure to Disclose: Suing the Seller

Purchasing a home is an exciting time, but it can also be nerve-racking – especially when you discover hidden property defects the seller failed to disclose. Now you’ve bought the house and don’t know what to do about newly discovered defects. The good news is that Texas property laws may give you the right to [...]

2020-01-03T11:28:17-06:00January 3rd, 2020|Business Law, Family Law|
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