Business Law

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|

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|

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 [...]

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|
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