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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|

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 city by city basis. One trip to Houston, which holds the distinction as the only major American city that lacks zoning, and it becomes very apparent. It’s not uncommon to see businesses next door to [...]

2017-08-30T15:56:20+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Business Law, Real Estate|

Legal Considerations for Startups

With our recent economic expansion and favorable regulatory and tax environments, Texas has become an excellent starting place for new businesses. Startups have an excellent opportunity for growth in the state, but there are still plenty of legal issues to consider. Here, we’ll go over a few of the key legal considerations startups should take [...]

Supervised Visitation in Texas

The goal of supervised visitation is to keep both parents involved in the lives of their children while ensuring the children’s physical and emotional safety. Supervised visitation is a court order issued when one parent has some form of emotional, mental or physical condition that might make an unsupervised visitation unsafe for the child(ren). The [...]

2017-08-14T11:00:26+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Family Law|

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 may be the right course of action, especially if your personal assets are at risk. Which type of bankruptcy, Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 11, is right? Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Chapter 11 bankruptcy, sometimes referred to [...]

2017-08-08T11:44:50+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Bankruptcy, Business Law, Business Litigation|

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 who sells your products or services in return for a fee or investment?  If so, you may be operating a hidden or “accidental franchise,” which means you are guilty of operating a franchise without following [...]

2017-08-01T10:22:30+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law, Fraud|

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 corner office or the board room.  Did you know that, if you are employed, you have a fiduciary responsibility to your employer? There is much confusion about the true meaning of term “fiduciary.” Many believe [...]

2017-07-23T23:33:11+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Business Law, Business Litigation, Employment Law, Fraud|

Spousal Maintenance Agreements

Spousal maintenance and alimony are often used interchangeably, and in essence, are the same thing. However, under Texas law, there are actually two separate types of alimony: spousal maintenance and contractual alimony. Two Types of Spousal Maintenance Spousal maintenance is court-mandated support from one spouse to the other after a divorce, and it is intended [...]

2017-07-18T11:59:47+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Family Law|

Commercial Lease Negotiation Pitfalls

Signing a business contract, such as a commercial lease, can be stressful. You are committing to a payment schedule over a long period of time. Selecting office space for your business is one of the most important contracts you’ll sign.  Here are some commercial lease negotiation pitfalls and red flags to look out for and [...]

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