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April 2014
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Landlords Beware of the Tenant Bankruptcy Scare

Hindsight is 20/20, at least that is what one Landlord might say after fighting for multiple months to regain possession of his property from a non-paying Tenant.  In this case, the Tenant strategically filed a bankruptcy action the day before the Landlord was set to regain possession of his property.  The result –possibly having to Read More

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Litigation and the Recovery of Attorney’s Fees: What to Reasonably Expect

The general rule in Texas is that each party to a lawsuit pays their own attorney’s fees, win or lose.  There are, however, numerous exceptions.  For instance, in lawsuits involving a breach of contract, rendered services, or (because this is Texas) killed or injured livestock, the law says that if you win, you are entitled Read More

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted: Counsel’s Assistance for Probate Texas has taken great efforts to make the probate process as quick and affordable as possible while still maintaining the integrity of the system.  As part of this overall theme, Texas recognizes several abbreviated probate process (e.g. independent administration, muniment of title, small estate affidavits) that require only limited Read More

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Estate Tax in 2014

Estate Tax in 2014 First let’s do a quick review and summary of the past few years.  The federal estate tax exemption amount for tax years 2010 – 2012 was based on an Act signed by President Obama in December 2010.  This law was drafted to end on December 31, 2012, which would have caused Read More

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I Hereby Waive and Release…

Waivers and Releases: Are They Even Binding? We have all seen them, a sign that reads “We are not responsible for any accidents… blah, blah, blah…”  or have even signed a waiver that reads, “I hereby release XYZ Company for any damage or injury… blah, blah, blah…”  The fact is, we live in very litigious Read More

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