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Deciding on a Business Entity

Deciding on a Business Entity

We are often asked to help clients decide what kind of entity they should create to operate a business or to hold investments. The choice they are trying to make is usually between a corporation and a limited liability company or LLC.  The first question which should...

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Trees and Fences

Trees and Fences

Trees and fences seem to create more problems between neighbors than any other issues. We thought it might be helpful to answer some of the common questions concerning trees and fences Who owns a tree? The person who owns the land on which the trunk of the tree...

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Texas Marital Property Rights

Texas Marital Property Rights

In the United States there are two types of property regimes used to determine the property rights of spouses in a marriage. Most states use English common law principles to determine property rights but nine states, including Texas, adopted community property...

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Executor Duties

Executor Duties

Who is the Executor? The executor is the person named in the decedent’s will to administer the estate according to the instructions in the will and as required by law. State Requirements for Serving as Executor In Texas, an individual executor: Must be at least 18...

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Trusts for Minor and Adult Children

Trusts for Minor and Adult Children

For most parents, the spouse is the primary beneficiary named in their will. In the case of a catastrophic event where both parents die, parents then usually name their children as the secondary beneficiaries. When the children are minors, common sense dictates that...

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What Is Title Insurance and Is It Required?

What Is Title Insurance and Is It Required?

A couple of times a month a client will ask “Is title insurance required” or “Should I purchase title insurance”? Is Title Insurance Required? Whether it is required is easy. It is not. You may purchase and sell real estate without title insurance, provided the buyer...

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Negotiating Commercial Loan Documents

Negotiating Commercial Loan Documents

We are often called upon to review commercial loan documents for clients. This usually occurs a few days before the scheduled closing. At that point, there is no time to change lenders if the loan documents contain onerous terms; all we can do is inform our client of...

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COVID-19 Addendum Issues

COVID-19 Addendum Issues

COVID-19 has disrupted and continues to disrupt the real estate closing process. There are several addenda floating around which attempt to deal with the issues which result from the coronavirus. Most (1) extend the closing date if the closing cannot be performed due...

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Estate Planning – Next Steps, Part 2

Estate Planning – Next Steps, Part 2

Again, congratulations! Not only have you executed your estate planning documents, but you also have reviewed the beneficiaries of your life insurance and retirement accounts and created your account with the Social Security Administration in order to appoint...

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Estate Planning – Next Steps, Part 1

Estate Planning – Next Steps, Part 1

Congratulations! You have executed your Will, Statutory Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney (with HIPAA Authorization) and Directive to Physicians. Your estate planning documents are complete, but you have more to do. In this first article, we will discuss...

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