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Rent-to-Own: Too Good to be True?

Texas lease-options, or “rent-to-own” contracts in layman’s terms, are often looked at as a simple solution to a common problem, but prospective tenants/buyers too often pursue lease-options without understanding what they are signing up for.  In its simplest form, a lease-option is a standard lease of real property coupled with an option to purchase the Read More

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Can I Tell You A Secret?

Information is everywhere.  We are inundated with information on a daily basis, and in the world of business, information is king.  Information drives business decisions, and generally speaking, the more information you have, the more likely your decisions will result in positive outcomes.  Therefore, information is valuable, information is a commodity, and information must be Read More

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To Trademark, or Not to Trademark…

Clients commonly ask, “What do I need to do to trademark _____?”  Almost instantly, our response is, “Why do you want to trademark _____, and what are you hoping to achieve by doing so?”  While almost everyone in the general public is somewhat familiar with the term “trademark,” many individuals and businesses do not actually Read More

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Boeing Co. v. Paxton – Private Rights Despite Open Government

Adopted in 1973, and codified at Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, the Texas Public Information Act (the “Act”) provides public access to certain information possessed by governmental entities in order to allow the general public to remain informed of those entities’ activities.  Because the Act requires the disclosure of all “public information,” which Read More

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Know Your Role: Fiduciary Duties of the Corporate Director

For most legal issues, Texas corporations are governed by the Texas Business Organizations Code.  However, one topic that is not expressly addressed is the fiduciary duties of corporate directors.  Instead, case law has established the principle that directors owe their corporations three general fiduciary duties: a duty of obedience, a duty of care, and a Read More

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Trademark Scams are on the Rise

A federal trademark can be a valuable asset to you and your business.  However, just like most other business assets, trademarks require an investment of your time and your money.  Completing the application process is just the first step in obtaining a federal trademark, and there are various ongoing maintenance requirements following the registration of Read More

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“New Year’s (Business) Resolutions”

Every year as the holidays approach, many of us find ourselves thinking back on the past year’s successes and items to improve on.  We consider the highs and the lows, and we start looking toward the coming year.  The classic “New Year’s Resolution” is often looked at as a chance to kick a bad habit Read More

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Corporate Name v. Trademark

There are many valuable components of a business, but one of the more overlooked assets in a company is the name.  Not all forms of business names are the same though, and it is important to understand the difference between corporate names and trademarks. A corporate name refers to the formal name chosen to register Read More

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Mediation: An Alternative to Consider

                For many businesses, both big and small, a day may come when you receive some bad news: you’ve been sued.  Whether you’re being sued by a customer for a transaction gone bad or by a business partner that looking for a bigger piece of the pie, a lawsuit Read More

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What’s in a Name?

So, you’ve decided to go into business.  You’ve locked down your startup funds, and you’ve laid out the perfect business model.  But what are you going to call yourself?  You want something catchy and distinctive, and you want people to like it.  But can you call your business anything you want?  The answer is simple—no—but Read More

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