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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 [...]

2017-07-20T01:32:45+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Employment Law|

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 [...]

Partnership Agreement Types

  You might think the arrangement you have with your business partner is just fine the way it is, with a handshake agreement, and your business plan on a napkin.  You work well together, agree on most things, and share a common vision and Texas-sized enthusiasm for your business.  What could possibly go wrong? Texas [...]

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 it’s written or oral. This failure can include not completing a job, not paying on time or at all, not delivering goods ordered, or any act that shows the party is not going to complete [...]

Advance Directives 101

An advance directive is any type of legal document that outlines your wishes regarding your medical care or treatment before such treatment becomes necessary. The advance directive becomes effective should you become unable to make important medical decisions for yourself. Importance of Advance Directives There are many medical treatments that require patient approval before they [...]

2017-06-15T15:24:56+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law|

Myths About Commercial Bankruptcy

Many view filing bankruptcy as a hopeless fate to be avoided at all costs. While it is a situation businesses hope to avoid, the word’s negative connotation has bred a number of myths that may keep corporations or partnerships from considering filing bankruptcy as a way to keep their companies afloat. Myth: You’ll Lose Everything [...]

2017-06-15T14:27:07+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Bankruptcy, Business Litigation|

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 how to handle the administration of the decedent’s estate may be among them. Is there a will? Is it a legal will? What happens to the assets? How do the bills get paid? Here, we’ll [...]

2017-05-30T20:53:45+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, Will Contest|

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 what will need to be done if things do not go as planned or if emergencies occur. In this contingency plan, the ultimate goal is to understand what will be necessary for business survival in [...]

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 or she must have "testamentary capacity," meaning the mental capacity to understand the nature of the act. Without testamentary capacity to make a will, the will could be found invalid in a later will [...]

2017-05-22T11:44:58+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Estate Planning, Family Law, Probate, Will Contest|
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