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Corporate Self-Dealing

Partners within a business have a fiduciary duty to act in the company’s best interest. So, too, do banks toward their customers, attorneys toward their clients, and so forth. When someone acts in their own best interest at the expense of those to whom they owe a fiduciary duty, this is referred to as self-dealing. [...]

2017-11-09T08:43:46+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Business Law, Business Litigation, Fraud|

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 expanse of land is yours. Legally, ownership of that expanse of land is known as surface rights, which includes anything atop it, such as structures, trees and foliage. Ownership of what’s under the land is [...]

2017-11-03T15:12:23+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Oil & Gas|

Legal Documents Every College Student Needs

Legal Documents Every College Student Needs Tell a college student that they should be thinking about something other than grades, parties or football games, and you might get a blank stare. But in the event a student suffers a devastating injury, illness or death, it’s important that they have the following legal documents in place [...]

2017-11-01T14:08:30+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|

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 Northern California, and have displaced to date more than 20,000 citizens. Damages from these events are estimated to total upwards of $65 billion. Secondary to the tragic loss of life that has occurred as a [...]

2017-10-20T11:02:12+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Real Estate|

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 in might end up in commercial foreclosure. But it could. Foreclosure, whether commercial or residential, is the last course of action in the event a borrower defaults on a mortgage.   Do you know your rights [...]

Divorce & Business Ownership

No one knows what the future holds and business owners must take precautions to plan and prepare for even unlikely events that could affect the company in the future.  If you are owner or part owner of a business and you are married, have you considered how a divorce could affect your business?  The business [...]

2017-10-09T15:34:00+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Business Law, Family Law|

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 case. There have been stories on at least a half-dozen different Ponzi schemes in the news in recent weeks. In a Ponzi Scheme investment fraud, the perpetrator of the fraud guarantees investors high returns on [...]

2017-10-02T14:47:11+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Business Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Fraud|

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 their estate, and the steps followed by the executor later to ensure the decedent’s goal is achieved.  Even with diligent efforts to keep up with changes in tax laws, sometimes it is simply not possible [...]

2017-09-26T13:21:45+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|

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 of revenue generation. For that reason, best practices for commercial real estate financing are considerably different than those in residential real estate. In order to secure commercial real estate financing, you’ll have to present your [...]

2017-09-18T08:56:23+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Business Law, Business Litigation, Deceptive Trade Practices|

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 coming together to perform selfless acts of kindness and generosity.  And infuriating to see those that seek to profit from the misfortune of others.  Nothing gets the public’s ire up more than businesses that engage [...]

2017-09-12T12:18:59+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Business Law, Business Litigation, Deceptive Trade Practices|
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