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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 who the lien holders are. In contrast, title to real estate may be affected by many separate documents, which are filed

By | February 4th, 2020|Articles|

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 than they have been, so you own your own home where you are both living, and you want to make

By | January 28th, 2020|Articles|

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 by the laws of intestacy, which vary from state to state. In order to determine whether you need a will,

By | January 21st, 2020|Articles|

Five Ways to Create Title Problems in Real Estate

Real estate is land and anything permanently attached to the land. So a house is real estate, but so is the tree in the yard, the fence, the driveway, and the covered patio you added last year. Real estate is also called real property; personal property is anything that is not permanently attached to the

By | January 14th, 2020|Articles|

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 much more complicated. A lien on a car is shown on the title document, but liens on real estate are

By | January 7th, 2020|Articles|

Freer Speech

I just saw a Facebook post protesting the Supreme Court’s decision making some campaign finance rules unconstitutional. The post said “Speech doesn’t corrupt, money corrupts. Money isn’t speech.” But they’re mistaken - how you spend your money IS speech under the first amendment, just like flag burning, sign waving, protesting and rude finger gestures. It's

By | October 17th, 2016|Blog|

Marriage and the State

The Texas Attorney General is appealing the ban on same sex marriage in DeLeon v Perry. No big surprise there - lots of people are terrified of the idea that a gay couple might enjoy the same state-sponsored benefits that heterosexual couples have had available for a hundreds of years. Yes, I said state-sponsored benefits.

By | October 17th, 2016|Blog|

Not the Court Reporter

Twenty six years ago, when I got out of law school, half of my class were women. So why is it that virtually every time I arrive at another lawyer’s office for a deposition, the receptionist assumes that I’m the court reporter? When I was a younger lawyer, I thought it was because of my

By | October 17th, 2016|Blog|

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 when you call for payment, or a notice from the court. If you receive a verbal notice, ask for the

By | July 2nd, 2015|Acquisitions, Articles, Financial, Taxes|

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 want to settle. “This is a dumb case - can’t the judge just throw it out?” Like any answer in

By | July 2nd, 2015|Articles, Financial|