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Tips for Creating Effective Business Contracts

 Posted on October 17, 2022 in Business and Commercial Law

hood county business law attorneyWhen you operate any business, there will inevitably be some point at which you are going to need to sign a contract that will be inherent to protecting your legal rights and also ensuring another party fulfills their obligations.

Business and commercial law contracts can help minimize risks and can be critical to ensuring the long-term health of a company. People need to keep in mind certain aspects of contracts to be confident that they are taking all of the steps necessary to formulate the contract that will be most beneficial to them. A legally enforceable contract must have an offer, an acceptance, mutual consideration, legal parties, and a legal purpose.

Make Sure You Are Dealing With The Right Person

When you are negotiating the terms of a contract with a lower-level employee who has to get approval for every decision, you may be wasting your time. Ask to speak to a person who can be in charge of making decisions themselves so you can be confident that you are working toward finalizing an agreement. An owner is probably the best bet for a small business, but larger businesses may have chief operating officers.

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What Are the Most Common Reasons for Probate Litigation?

 Posted on October 07, 2022 in Estate Planning and Administration

Tarrant County Probate Litigation LawyerAfter the death of a loved one, families often have to deal with far more than just their grief. The deceased person's estate must go through probate, which is the legal process of settling their affairs. This includes distributing their assets and property to their heirs and paying any debts and taxes owed. In many cases, probate can be a straightforward process. However, there are some cases where probate can become contentious, particularly if there are disputes about the deceased person's will. In these situations, probate litigation may be necessary. Estate executors, family members, or others who become involved in probate litigation will need to seek out an experienced attorney who can help navigate the legal process and protect their interests.

Issues That May Be Resolved Through Probate Litigation

Multiple types of disputes may arise during the probate process, and probate litigation may be used to resolve issues related to:

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Addressing Commercial Real Estate Landlord/Tenant Disputes in Texas

 Posted on September 19, 2022 in Real Estate Law

Tarrant County commercial real estate lawyerFor business owners and entrepreneurs, commercial leasing is often the first step in establishing a physical presence for their company. However, what many first-time commercial tenants do not realize is that disputes with their landlord are not uncommon – and can often be quite costly if not handled properly from the outset. If you are currently involved in a commercial landlord/tenant dispute or are simply looking to avoid one in the future, make sure to consider the following.

Take a Proactive Approach to Commercial Lease Agreement

Preventing disputes between landlords and tenants is always preferred to dealing with these issues once they have already arisen. There is no way to completely eliminate the risk of landlord/tenant disputes. However, proper preparation can dramatically mitigate the risk of future disagreements and legal disputes.

When it comes to commercial lease agreements, the old adage “the devil is in the details” has never been more accurate. For tenants, this means that a thorough review of your lease agreement – with the assistance of an experienced real estate attorney – is essential prior to signing on the dotted line.

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Setting Up a Special Needs Trust: What You Need to Know

 Posted on September 01, 2022 in Estate Planning and Administration

Hood County estate planning lawyersIf you have a loved one with special needs, you may be looking for ways to provide for their future. One option is to set up a special needs trust. A special needs trust is an estate planning tool that can help you manage assets for your loved one's benefit. There are many advantages to using a special needs trust, and this blog will discuss some of the key benefits.

Supplemental Needs Trusts in Texas 

Special needs trusts, also called supplemental needs trusts, ensure that a disabled person or an individual with special needs receives the care he or she needs. For example, a grandmother caring for a grandchild with cerebral palsy may worry about the care her grandchild will receive once she has passed away. In a situation like this, a special needs trust may be set up to provide consistent financial support for the child even after the grandmother dies. Funds from a special needs trust may be used to pay for medical expenses, in-home care, therapy, housing, and other needs. 

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What Are Common Legal Disputes that Texas Small Business Owners Face? 

 Posted on August 31, 2022 in Business and Commercial Law

hood county business lawyerAs any small business owner can tell you, getting a business up and running is no easy feat. Even when a business is humming along smoothly, unexpected disputes resulting in litigation can crop up at any time. Small business owners must constantly be on their toes, ready to respond to surprises with agility so that legal disputes have a minimal effect on a company’s growth and productivity. Here are some common legal disputes that Texas small business owners may face that a great business law attorney can help with. 

Common Types of Business Disputes

The nature of certain businesses will expose them to a greater likelihood of facing disputes than others; for example, a construction business is much more likely to face litigation for an injured employee than a business selling records. Knowing your field is essential for understanding the kind of risks you undertake as a business owner and any potential liabilities you may face in the future. Common types of disputes small business face include, but are not limited to: 

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Estate planning for blended family in Texas: Major considerations

 Posted on May 23, 2022 in Uncategorized

When you and your spouse got married, you united not only your lives but also your families. This can be a wonderful thing, but it also comes with many new challenges. Therefore, you need to create an estate plan to protect each other and your children. If you are in a blended family in Texas, there are some specific things you need to take into account. Let's look at them below.

Estate planning and subsequent marriages in Texas

When you marry in Texas, part of your property will become your partner's. In fact, they will have a superior say in what happens to your assets when you die than any other person related to you. That's why estate planning is necessary to protect all your heirs, including those from your previous marriages.

Considerations when estate planning for your blended family

Here are some of the crucial factors to keep in mind after marrying into another family:

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How to talk about your estate plan with your family

 Posted on February 28, 2022 in Uncategorized

In Texas, one of the most important steps you can take to secure your loved ones' futures is to have an estate plan in place. This document will dictate how your estate should be handled after your death. It's important to have a frank discussion with your family about your estate plan so that they know what to expect.

Why should you have the discussion?

There are a few reasons why having this conversation is so critical. For starters, it can help avoid family conflict. If everyone knows what to expect, there's less of a chance for disagreements to arise about who should inherit what.

This conversation is also so important because it allows you to make sure that your wishes are carried out after you die. You may want to leave particular assets to certain family members, or you may want to set up a trust to take care of your children. Whatever your wishes may be, having this conversation with your family can help make sure they're carried out.

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Ensure your business is in safe hands with an estate plan

 Posted on December 01, 2021 in Uncategorized

Your business in Texas is likely to deteriorate if you pass away or become incapacitated without an estate plan. Estate taxes, unclear ownership and leadership are the leading business killers. Here's how you can make sure your business is in safe hands with an estate plan.

Estate planning for business in Texas

Estate planning for business involves setting up strategies that determine how your beneficiaries, business partners, creditors, etc., will deal with your company if you're incapacitated or after your passing. This is critical because even when you are incapable of working, things should go according to your plan. In addition, a good estate plan can help your beneficiaries or your business itself from suffering serious tax consequences.

Get all documents tied to your business in order

For you to create a solid estate plan, you need to first find all the documents that prove your ownership and authority in your business as well as your other assets. For instance, a financial power of attorney will give someone you trust the power to run your business or estate when you are incapable. While that is in action, you can use an advanced health care directive to give someone power to make medical decisions for you or have your own directives regarding how doctors should treat you when incapacitated. Other important documents include:

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How to estate plan for generational wealth in Texas

 Posted on August 26, 2021 in Uncategorized

It might be every hardworking Texas resident’s dream to create generational wealth that will keep their family supported for years to come. Even if you’re a millionaire, it still takes careful planning to create substantial generational wealth that will last beyond when you pass.

The exact estate plan that you set up will depend on what assets you have to your name and how much you want to leave behind. In general, though, there are some things that people who wish to leave enough behind to jumpstart a tradition of generational wealth can do with their estate plans.

What’s one of the biggest takeaways for estate planning?

Before you start estate planning, it’s important to be intentional with your planning. Generally, you can either plan around the family you have that’s living at the time of your estate planning or you can plan into the future.

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How long does the probate process take?

 Posted on May 20, 2021 in Uncategorized

If you recently lost your mom or dad, you now may be in charge of settling their estate. You might feel overwhelmed by this task. You know the process may be complicated. You also know that the probate process can be lengthy. So how long exactly will probate take?

Understanding probate

First, you may not know exactly what probate is. It is the legal process involved in settling someone's estate. With a will, probate involves proving that the will is valid, distributing the assets as the will lays out and paying any applicable taxes. How long it will take your parent’s estate to go through probate depends on several factors. If their estate is simple and no one disputes their will, you could settle their estate within six months. If your parent had set up a living trust for their assets, those assets don't have to go through probate. However, the probate process could take more than a year if any of the following circumstances apply:

  • If you live in a different state and can’t easily meet with an attorney helping with the estate probate administration

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