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You’ve Been #Served

Since 2013, the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure has seen a number of changes, including rules aimed at avoiding delays, limits on discovery, and the elimination of frivolous cases early in the litigation process. Texas attorneys even have the option to save time and money by serving certain court documents via email.  As technology in […]

What’s Good for the Goose… Part 4a – Reaching an Agreement on the Purchase Price

In Part 4 of our series “The Components of a Business Purchase and Sale from the buyer’s and seller’s perspective” we will discuss the various ways of reaching an agreeable price for the purchase and sale of a business. As used throughout this series, the old adage “What’s good for the goose, is good for […]

Signed, Sealed and Delivered – Documents in the Information Age

The world has been immersed in the Information Age (a/k/a the Digital Age) for decades now.  By way of example, the Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act governing electronic contracts passed legislation in 2001 (effective 2002) and received little attention at the time.  The purpose of such legislation was to encourage and facilitate commerce by validating […]

Probate: 5 Tools for Avoiding Probate in Texas

Texas has created a quick and (relatively speaking) inexpensive probate process that can be utilized in the majority of estates arising in Texas.  While there is no substitute for the planning and protections that can be achieved with the proper will or trust, there are limited circumstances in which the value of those protections may […]

The Local Impact of Sport: It’s Not Just the Dollars

From professional franchises that are valued in the billions (the Dallas Cowboys are valued by Forbes at $4 billion) down to local youth sports, there is no arguing the major impact of sport on global, regional and local societies. The direct economic impact from just a single sporting event can be significant and easy to […]

Estate Planning in the Digital Age

Like many 20-and 30-somethings, my husband and I have long put off addressing our estate planning needs. Finally, after I had completed every last procrastination chore I could think of, I realized I was out of excuses and it was time to get drafting. While most people think to plan for the disposition of their […]

What’s Good for the Goose… Part 3b – Stock Purchase, the Buyer’s Perspective

In Part 3b of our series “The Components of a Business Purchase and Sale from the buyer’s and seller’s perspective” we will discuss both disadvantages and advantages of a stock sale from the buyer’s perspective.  As previously discussed, in a stock sale or a membership interest sale (in this article both called a “stock sale”), […]

Arbitration Provisions – Do I Want One?

This is a question posed to me quite frequently by clients.  Typically it starts with, “What does that provision really mean?” and is quickly followed by “Well, do I want that or not?”  Like so many questions in the legal profession, the answer is “It depends.” Arbitration is an out-of-court process for settling a dispute […]

Steps Landlords Should Take to Protect against a Tenant’s Mechanics Liens

  Most commercial landowners are aware that contractors, subcontractors and suppliers that provide work, tools or materials in connection with constructing an improvement have a right to place a lien on the property until they are paid.  This type of lien is often referred to as a Mechanic’s Lien and is authorized by statute[1] and […]

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Mediation

When I recommend mediation to my clients, they often react with surprise, assuming the process will be nothing more than an expensive waste of time.  They believe that the inability of the parties to settle a case on their own with the assistance of competent counsel means that dedicating any time and resources to a […]

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