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Combating Consumer Scams Amid COVID-19

As Texans, we have weathered our share of crises and disaster, although, here in southeast Texas, it’s usually in the form of a hurricane. Times of crisis and uncertainty, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, tend to bring out not only the very best in people, but also the very worst, as individuals and businesses Read More

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Foreclosure and Eviction Relief for Homeowners During the COVD-19 Crisis

In March 2020, our economy came to a screeching halt as COVID-19 swept through our countries, states, cities, and homes. Businesses have been ordered to close, and individuals told to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. National, state and local officials are taking necessary steps on a daily basis to protect businesses Read More

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A Win for Property Owners: New Texas Law Makes it Difficult for Forced Annexation

The State of Texas is a strong advocate for protecting property owners from the forced taking of land, including eminent domain, foreclosure or annexation. This year, the Texas Legislature enacted a bill that protects landowners for decades to come from forced annexation. In 1858, Texas passed the first statute allowing incorporation of a city under 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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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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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the Bankruptcy Provisions Therein

Last Friday, Congress passed and President Trump executed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” of “Stimulus Bill”) granting a significant and admirable level of support to the U.S. economy that has been left reeling by the one-two punch of the COVID-19 pandemic and OPEC’s… posturing.  While
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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and the Bankruptcy Provisions Therein

Combating Consumer Scams Amid COVID-19

As Texans, we have weathered our share of crises and disaster, although, here in southeast Texas, it’s usually in the form of a hurricane. Times of crisis and uncertainty, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, tend to bring out not only the very best in people, but also the very
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Combating Consumer Scams Amid COVID-19

Considerations for Commercial Property Owners and COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc on the world and our nation, casting widespread uncertainty and hardship in seemingly every corner of the economy. With many commercial tenants in dire financial straits – particularly those who rely upon customer interaction (i.e. retail, restaurant, and entertainment) – commercial landlords are
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Considerations for Commercial Property Owners and COVID-19

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has put together the below summary of programs and assistance available to small business owners and certain nonprofit organizations through the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The following information is current
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