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Why You Need an Estate Plan NOW

No one likes to think about life after they’re gone. Not even the wealthy and famous. When “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman died he left behind millions in his estate. Without a will, his wife must now go through the courts to be named administrator and his assets are subject to probate. This lengthy process can jeopardize the estate and leave its fate up to the courts instead of to Boseman’s wishes. Boseman is not the

COVID-19 is Straining Houston Marriages

COVID-19 has taken its toll on the United States for nearly all of 2020 with no end in sight. Businesses have gone under, individuals have lost their jobs, and life as we know it has changed entirely. For many families, the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic has put additional strain on their marriages. Houston couples who may have already been on the brink of separation suddenly find themselves quarantined with their spouses or dealing with

Subcontractor Didn’t Finish the Job! What Can Homeowners Do?

It is a sadly common scenario. Homeowners wish to remodel their homes or fix a broken defect, so they hire a contractor or subcontractor to perform the work. Remodeling takes a considerable amount of time and financial resources. As such, the homeowners must take out a loan to help pay the bill. However, during the course of construction and remodeling, the contractor or subcontractor mismanages the work. They may spend the funds but fail to buy

Texas Courts Structure and Statistics…

The existing Texas court system was established by an amendment to the state Constitution in 1891.  Below is a description of the basic hierarchal structure of the court system. Supreme Court: The Texas Supreme Court is the highest state appellate court for civil cases. The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges, referred to as “justices,” who review the decisions of lower courts. Court of Criminal Appeals: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the

How Should I Incorporate my Business?

Numerous methods are available to form your business, each with its own benefits and disadvantages.  A business owner who selects the wrong business structure or fails to properly file the required incorporation forms with the Secretary of State may be held personally liable for any obligations incurred on behalf of business or run into tax issues with the IRS.  This article will explore the differences between business entities with respect to formality, liability, management, transferability

Can I Recover Attorney’s Fees in my Lawsuit?

In a civil lawsuit you may recover attorney’s fees in limited circumstances.  Texas follows the American rule in which attorney’s fees are recoverable if authorized by contract or statute.  This article will discuss the situations where you may be awarded attorney’s fees under a contract or statute in civil litigation. Contract If you have an oral or written agreement that allows for the recovery of attorney’s fees, the terms of the agreement will control in a

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