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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 […]

What’s Good for the Goose… Part 3a – Stock Purchase, the Seller’s Perspective

  In Part 3a of our series “The Components of a Business Purchase and Sale from the Buyer’s and Seller’s Perspective” we will discuss the advantages and potential disadvantages of a stock sale from the buyer’s perspective.  In a stock sale (or in the event of a limited liability company, a membership interest sale (both […]

Fired Up: Avoid These Mistakes When Terminating “At Will” Employees

If you own a small business, you likely do not have the luxury of employing a designated human resource manager, leaving you with the unpleasant task of terminating employees. Avoiding several key mistakes can make the situation less stressful, and help avoid future unemployment claims. Texas is an “at will” employment state which means you […]

Estate Planning for Life – Not an Oxymoron

When most people think of estate planning they typically think wills, trusts and death.  However, the actuality is that one of the major focuses of good estate planning is for incapacity during a client’s lifetime.  I take a very educational approach to my consultations and I am always pleased when we reach the end of […]

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