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Common Litigation Myths Debunked! Part II

In Part I of this series, I addressed the myth that lawyers must respond aggressively in all aspects of litigation to be effective. Now I want to focus on a related myth: that settlement connotes either weakness or liability. Myth #2: If you settle, it is probably because you were going to lose at trial. Read More

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Common Litigation Myths Debunked! Part I

In today’s competitive business climate, litigation has become an increasingly common, and often necessary, tool for businesses to protect and defend their interests.  It is perhaps unfortunate, but it’s often a mark of success for a business to be involved in litigation because it means it has established itself well enough to attract the interest Read More

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Distinctiveness: Selecting a Strong Trademark

Not all trademarks are created equal. A potential mark must be distinctive enough to allow consumers to distinguish the applicant’s goods or services from the goods and services of others. When reviewing a trademark application, trademark examiners analyze where the mark falls on a spectrum of distinctiveness. The more distinctive the mark, the easier it Read More

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Part I – Probate: Identify the most efficient probate proceeding

Probate is the process of applying to a court for authority to transfer a decedent’s property.  When the court stays involved throughout the administration of a probate (i.e. through the whole process) then the probate process is long, complex and expensive.  However, Texas has aggressively sought to create a number of more efficient (i.e. quicker Read More

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Cotenancy: Unique Relationship of Co-Ownership

There are many situations where attorneys must address a client’s co-ownership issues.  The basis of a cotenancy relationship is each owner’s (non-exclusive) right to use, occupy and possess each part of the property.  Cotenants may not exclude other cotenant owners from possessing, using or occupying the same part or parcel.  Texas law recognizes three forms Read More

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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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