Business Litigation

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|

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 [...]

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|

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|

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|

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 [...]

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