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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 [...]

2017-05-18T12:23:14+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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|

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 has been endorsed by some heavy hitters. In October 2015, the metro area was ranked number one in the country for commercial-property investment by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in a joint [...]

2017-05-09T15:47:21+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Business Formation, Business Law|

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 of someone before a suit has been filed if certain conditions are met. These depositions were previously called depositions to perpetuate testimony. The requirements for requesting a deposition are set forth in Rule 202.1 [...]

2017-05-10T22:22:01+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Business Litigation, Civil Litigation|

Importing & Exporting Judgments

Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C. Did you know you can import a judgment from another state (and sometimes from other countries) into Texas as if the judgment had originally been made in Texas? Lawyers and courts in Texas refer to this as domesticating a foreign judgment. You can also export a judgment from Texas [...]

2017-05-09T16:09:43+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Appeals, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation|

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 its importance to a company cannot be over-emphasized. This is particularly true with regard to consumer products. For example, how much business does McDonald’s get because its identity is well recognized through its name and [...]

2017-05-18T12:23:04+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 thorough analysis of the other company. As can be seen with high profile transactions such as the Yahoo acquisition, an important issue must be the security of each company’s computer systems. While security is never [...]

2017-05-18T12:22:56+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 the product eliminates the value of a product. The perfect example is found in the movie industry. If you interested in watching a suspense movie, would you choose a movie with Mike Myers or Denzel [...]

2017-05-18T12:22:29+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 into without a single word being written and others are written but are not clear or have important agreements omitted. Most of these contracts succeed, but if circumstances change or a disagreement arises, the consequences [...]

2017-05-18T12:22:21+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|
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