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Types of Deeds and Title to Real Estate

Title versus deed: what's the difference? Ownership of different kinds of property is documented differently. A car has one title document that is on file with the state; it shows who the current owner is, and

Transferring Real Estate to Spouses

You’re newly married, and in love. You expect to spend the rest of your life with your new spouse, and want to share everything with them. Perhaps you have been more successful, or more fortunate

Real Estate Title and Probate: Do You Need a Will?

Probate is the legal process by which property belonging to a deceased person is transferred to their heirs. Most property can be transferred by will, but if there is no will, the decedent’s property transfers

Buying Real Estate without a Deed

A real estate deed is the document that conveys title to real estate - similar to a car title. However, since real estate lasts much longer than a car, title to real estate can become

Basic Bankruptcy for Creditors

It happens sometimes - one of our customers files bankruptcy. What does this mean to you as a creditor? Your first notice that this has happened is probably either going to be a verbal notice

A Layman’s Guide to Summary Judgments

Getting Out Before Trial One of the questions I am often asked is whether there is any way to avoid trial, in a case that cannot be settled, or which for some reason you don’t

The Texas Usury Trap

It seems like every month I see invoices that say “1.5% interest per month on unpaid balance”;“Interest will be charged at 18% on accounts over 30 days,” “Accounts not paid in 30 days are subject

Litigation Basics for Clients (Part 1 of 3)

PART 1: Greetings - You Have Been Sued You’ve been operating a business successfully for years, and one day a constable knocks at your door,and serves you with a lawsuit. He hands you a stack

Litigation Basics for Clients (Part 2 of 3)

PART 2: What Happened? Discovery & Mediation In most cases, after an answer is filed, both sides need to do “discovery” before the case is ready for trial. Discovery is just like it sounds -