Home Owners’ Association in Texas

Categories: Real Estate

Homeowners living in a sub development or condominium complex are likely to be members of a home owners association (“HOA”). HOA’s generally have the authority to set certain rules pertaining to the sub development as well as provide services to homeowners. In order to operate HOA’s are generally also authorized to collect money through assessments….

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What is a HIPAA Release?

Categories: Estate Planning

When you visit a doctor’s office or have medical treatment done, most physicians’ offices now require the patient to read and sign a HIPAA authorization. What is a HIPAA release? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that includes privacy provisions intended to protect a patient’s confidential medical information. The…

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Undue Influence When Making A Will

Categories: Estate Planning

A Will is an important legal document that designates who will receive property of a testator when he dies. A Will enables property to pass to others with minimal court involvement. Under Texas law there are certain legal requirements that must be met when executing the Will. One important requirement is that the testator freely…

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Testamentary Capacity For Making a Will

Categories: Estate Planning

A Will is a valuable legal document that designates who will receive property of a testator when he dies. Under Texas law, an adult may draft a Will at any time, as long as he meets the legal requirements when executing the Will. One important requirement is that the testator was of sound mind (or…

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Pitfalls of Drafting Your Own Will

Categories: Estate Planning

Many people make plans for what they wish to happen when they die. A key legal document in a good estate plan is a legally executed Will. A Will designates who will receive the property in the estate upon a loved one’s passing. There are many options available when drafting a Will. In this article…

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Retaliatory Eviction in Texas

Categories: Real Estate

Unfortunately, tenants and landlords do not always get along. Disputes often arise over rent, repairs, and the general conditions of the leased property. Occasionally, tenants may be unlikely to report legitimate violations of housing and health codes or request necessary repairs from their landlords for fear that their landlord may retaliate against them and put…

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Dying Without a Will in Texas While Single

Categories: Estate Planning

Sometimes people die without having made a Will. A Will is a legal document, usually drafted by a Texas attorney, that states who will get the person’s property when he dies. If the person did not plan and prepare a Will, the person dies “intestate” and the Texas laws of intestacy determine who gets the…

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Joint Tenancies and Tenancies in Common in Texas

Categories: Estate Planning

Property is often owned by two or more people simultaneously. This is referred to as a concurrent estate. Two of the most common forms of concurrent estates in Texas are joint tenancies and tenancies in common. These concurrent estates are similar, but have key distinctions which can have significant effects when it comes to issues…

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Dying Without a Will in Texas

Categories: Probate

Many people in Texas go to a Texas attorney and have their Wills drafted because they want to control who will get their property when the die. However, sometimes people do not have Wills. If a person dies without a Will directing to whom their property passes, the person dies “intestate” and the laws of…

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