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Protecting Inherited Assets from Creditors

Saving money is difficult.  It is no wonder, then, that most people are not excited about the possibility of creditors swooping in and taking the assets they leave to their heirs.  Fortunately, a well-crafted estate plan can be utilized to reduce this risk. A common tool is to be to leave assets to your children Read More

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Business Bankruptcy Basics

A rise or fall in the economy. An adverse legal judgment. Unexpected bills or lack of payments from business partners.  A natural disaster. Small businesses face financial blows like these all the time and end up asking the same question: Should my small business consider filing bankruptcy? Bankruptcy is a legal process for individuals and Read More

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Trademark Basics: Part I- What is a Trademark?

A lot goes into building a business—from nurturing an idea and developing a business plan, to raising capital and agonizing over what to call your fledgling endeavor – each piece is a vital part of the overall structure. Your business name and branding are the face of your company, and crucial to its success. The Read More

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Estate Planning for Life Part III – Directive and DNR

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.  In the previous Part I of this series, I outlined the purpose and benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney.  Read More

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Estate Planning for Life Part II – Medical Power of Attorney

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.  In the previous Part I of this series, I outlined the purpose and benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney.  Read More

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Estate Planning for Life Part I – Financial Power of Attorney

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 Read More

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What’s Good for the Goose…Part 4d

The Market Approach of Valuing a Business for Sale In Part 4d of our series “The Components of a Business Purchase and Sale from the Buyer’s and Seller’s Perspective” we will examine the “Market Valuation” approach as the third and final valuation method for buying a business. The two other valuation methods, the income valuation Read More

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Sometimes It’s not “One and Done”: Difficulties of Probating the Surviving Parent’s Estate

Difficulties of Probating the Surviving Parent’s Estate Texas has relatively efficient probate system.  It has been designed to provide a number of options to allow residents to select the least expensive and quickest method to probate an estate.  In fact, Texas has developed abbreviated probate proceedings to deal with small estates, including individuals that really Read More

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Risk of Buying a Property at a Foreclosure Sale

  Client:                           “I’m buying a foreclosure property.” Attorney:                      “OK, when is the sale?” Client:                           “Tomorrow” Attorney:                      “Have you completed any due diligence on the property?” Client:                           “Well…I drove past the property a couple of times.” Attorney:                      [after a long pause] “I am going to take that as a no.”   What is a “foreclosure Read More

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Realistic Expectations in Litigation

In Litigation, Realistic Expectations are Crucial As a litigator, every client I meet asks me at some point during the case whether he or she is going to “win.” While reasonable, this question is difficult to answer, particularly when a client appears to have the facts or the law substantially on his side. If a Read More

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