With 5o states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each with its own set of laws and courts, doing business in the United States could be very confusing if there were not some regularity in the laws. Some regularity comes from the fact that 49 of the states rely on law from the English Common Law, the exception being the State of Louisiana.
Additionally, recognizing the need for both regularity and certainty in transactions between states, the non-profit, unincorporated association known as the Uniform Law Commission was established in 1892. As it states as its purpose “The Uniform Law Commission provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived, and well drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law.” Uniform codes are proposed and enacted to address particular needs.
Among possibly others, Texas has adopted the following uniform codes: (a) Uniform Commercial Code, (b) Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, (c) Uniform Electronics Transaction Act, (d) Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, (e) Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act, (f) Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act, (g) Uniform Trade Secrets Act, (h) Uniform Act to Secure Attendance of Witnesses from Without State in Criminal Proceedings, (i) Uniform Criminal Extradition Act, (j) Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways, (k) Uniform Premarital Agreement Act, (l) Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, (m) Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act, (n) Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, (o) Uniform Parentage Act, (p) Uniform Prudent Investor Act, (q) Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, (r) Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act, (s) Uniform Condominium Act, (t) Uniform Principal and Income Act, (u) Uniform Transfers to Minor Act, (v) Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, and (w) Uniform Disclaimer of Property Interests Act.