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Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency

Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency While Texans are generally prepared for major weather-related disasters during hurricane season from June through October, occasionally a rogue weather event, such as an artic blast, sweeps across the state causing severe and unanticipated property damage to residential and commercial properties. As individuals and businesses begin the review, Read More

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Navigating the New Normal: How Our Local Courts Are Adapting Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

In March, when Governor Abbott declared a state of emergency in Texas, part of the declaration recommended that all non-essential court proceedings be suspended and that in-court appearance be discouraged in non-emergency situations. The declaration has left courts across the state scrambling to determine if, and how, to continue non-essential court proceedings. On March 13, Read More

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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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COMMUNITY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS: OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL

COMMUNITY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY IN TEXAS: OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL Texas law characterizes property acquired by spouses either community or separate property when property is acquired, and this characterization has tremendous consequences. w defines a spouse’s "separate property" as: (1) property owned or claimed by the spouse before marriage; (2) property acquired during
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Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency

Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency While Texans are generally prepared for major weather-related disasters during hurricane season from June through October, occasionally a rogue weather event, such as an artic blast, sweeps across the state causing severe and unanticipated property damage to residential and commercial properties. As individuals and
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Scams in Times of Disaster and Emergency

Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off
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Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

Lenders Suspend Home Foreclosures Due to COVID-19, But What Happens Next?

Many large financial institutions are suspending foreclosures because of the massive economic damage caused by COVID-19. Some banks have stopped proceedings indefinitely. Others have set time limits for foreclosure suspensions such as 60 or 90 days. Even as health and financial issues remain uncertain, this is a good time for
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