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Part II – Probate: Identify the Most Efficient Probate Proceeding – Muniment of Title

Texas law provides several options to transfer ownership of a deceased person’s (usually called a “decedent”) property. We previously discussed the difference between a dependent and an independent administration. The dependent and independent administrations are used when the deceased person’s estate exceeds some minimal thresholds for size or complexity, such as owing unpaid debts. Texas Read More

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But You are My Attorney, not My Dentist…

Preventive maintenance for your entity from a legal perspective   “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ‘De Legibus’ (c. 1240) by English Jurist Henry De Bracton   Potential Client:       “I have owned a limited liability company for several years. I haven’t had any issues, but someone is interested in investing in Read More

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Don’t Fall for This Chinese Trademark Scam

Don’t Fall for This Chinese Trademark Scam A trademark is any word, name or symbol used to identify and distinguish goods and services. For business owners, trademarks provide an easy way to build customer loyalty and communicate the quality and source of goods and services. Businesses often spend a great deal of time and money Read More

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Transferring a Business is a Team Effort

Transferring a Business is a Team Effort Thinking about buying or selling a business? It’s a big step in life, so let’s talk about surrounding yourself with the right help to make sure you make the best deal possible. A tempting path for some entrepreneurs is trying to handle the entire transaction themselves. The temptation Read More

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But I Can Do it by Myself for Less…

When handling it yourself is not a good idea from a legal perspective   “It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything…” Common Law of Business Balance Read More

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Four Reasons to Fund Your Business Succession Plan

  It is an incredible accomplishment for business owners to craft a business succession plan establishing the structure that will transition the business out of the hands of the current owner(s).  However, even the best business succession plan will be considered a failure without a proper funding mechanism.  The considerations in support of setting up Read More

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Common Litigation Myths Debunked! Part III

In the last segment in this series, I discussed myths surrounding settlement. This segment focuses on a myth about the discovery phase of litigation. Myth #3: Discovery is just an expensive waste of time. Of the several aspects of litigation that clients find the most irksome, the discovery process may top the list. Discovery is Read More

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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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