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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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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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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 a 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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Part I – Probate: Identify the most efficient probate proceeding

Probate is the process of applying to a court for authority to transfer a decedent’s property.  When the court stays involved throughout the administration of a probate (i.e. through the whole process) then the probate process is long, complex and expensive.  However, Texas has aggressively sought to create a number of more efficient (i.e. quicker Read More

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Cotenancy: Unique Relationship of Co-Ownership

There are many situations where attorneys must address a client’s co-ownership issues.  The basis of a cotenancy relationship is each owner’s (non-exclusive) right to use, occupy and possess each part of the property.  Cotenants may not exclude other cotenant owners from possessing, using or occupying the same part or parcel.  Texas law recognizes three forms Read More

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Protecting Inherited Assets from Creditors

Saving money is difficult.  It is no wonder, then, that most people are not excited about the possibility of creditors swooping in and taking the assets they leave to their heirs.  Fortunately, a well-crafted estate plan can be utilized to reduce this risk. A common tool is to be to leave assets to your children Read More

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Trademark Basics: Part I- What is a Trademark?

A lot goes into building a business—from nurturing an idea and developing a business plan, to raising capital and agonizing over what to call your fledgling endeavor – each piece is a vital part of the overall structure. Your business name and branding are the face of your company, and crucial to its success. The Read More

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Estate Planning for Life Part III – Directive and DNR

When most people think of estate planning they typically think wills, trusts and death.  However, the actuality is that one of the major focuses of good estate planning is for incapacity during a client’s lifetime.  In the previous Part I of this series, I outlined the purpose and benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney.  Read More

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Estate Planning for Life Part II – Medical Power of Attorney

When most people think of estate planning they typically think wills, trusts and death.  However, the actuality is that one of the major focuses of good estate planning is for incapacity during a client’s lifetime.  In the previous Part I of this series, I outlined the purpose and benefits of a Financial Power of Attorney.  Read More

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