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Despite what you may see in the movies, there is rarely, if ever, a “reading of the Will” after a person passes away. Family members and friends don’t show up at the attorney’s office and sit around the conference table to hear with bated breath whether you are inheriting grandfather’s secret Swiss bank accounts or find out that he hated you all his life and left you nothing. And worked

Most people, when they see or hear of the Texas Franchise Tax think to themselves “I’m a small business owner, and I don’t own any franchises…I don’t own a McDonalds or a Burger King….so the Franchise Tax doesn’t apply to me.” Wrong. The Texas Franchise Tax actually applies to Partnerships, Corporations, LLCs, professional and business associations, joint ventures, and business trusts, as per the Texas Comptroller’s Website. In other words,

Unless you’ve been living in a very high cave for the past month, you know that “t’s flooding down in Texas,” but for the most part our telephones lines are not down. All deference to the king of Texas rock, but if you’re like me, you’re probably getting a little tired of the rain. Now, people from the rest of the country may shake their heads at our state and

Elbow room is hard to come by these days. Daniel Boone was looking for a bit more of it when he headed West after the Revolutionary War. These days, people are moving to the cities and suburban life but still want that elbow room when they look out their back window. Where their elbow room stops, and their neighbor’s elbow room begins is, not surprisingly, a flashpoint of anger and

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were over one million official complaints made by consumers at the federal level in 2010. Additionally, we now know mobile devices are driving online transactions through the roof. It’s estimated by the International Data Corporation (IDC) that by 2020, there will be 450 billion transactions occurring through the internet EVERY DAY. These transactions are in addition to the enormous volume of normal

Can I probate a copy of a Will? Yes, you can probate a copy of a Will, but only in limited circumstances. When a Will can’t be found, the presumption by the court is that the Will was purposefully destroyed. By destroying it, the Testator (the person who signed the will) effectively revoked the Will. However, sometimes when the Will can’t be found, it doesn’t mean it was destroyed…it just

Years ago I was asked by the county judge to represent people committed to the mental hospitals against their will. People suffering from Bipolar Disorder or Schizoaffective Disorder often stop taking their medications once they start feeling better. When they stop taking their medications, the anger or depression can reassert itself and the person will sometimes try to commit suicide or harm others. The most common examples are by overdose,

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way.  Partner Blaise Regan was recently interviewed by the Abilene Reporter regarding the importance and function of a will. Read about it here…

I’ve formed many businesses over the years, ranging from professional services to retail. While they may not share a similar product or mission, all the successful businesses avoided these mistakes: 1. Not Laying the Foundation. People get so excited about their new product or their new business that they rush in and start selling on Facebook or Amazon and forget to protect themselves and their product. Forming an LLC at

Recently, I have noticed a growing number of clients asking about “gun trusts.” So, what is a gun trust, and how does it fit into an overall estate plan? First, a little history. What most people mean when they ask about a gun trust is a special trust created to protect and manage firearms that fall under the jurisdiction of the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA). These firearms