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Does My Business Need Riot Insurance?

Posted in *BTW - Noteworthy, Property Issues

Broken windows, looting and fires were some of the lasting images from the Ferguson, Missouri riots.  And if you looked at those pictures closely, you may have noticed that a substantial number of the damaged businesses were locally-owned, “mom and pop” shops.   And if you are a business owner, you couldn’t help but ask yourself… Continue Reading

Protecting Your Piece of the Pie: Texas Adopts the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Posted in *BTW - Noteworthy, Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

Pizza the Action is a major distributor of pizza dough and toppings and provides these products to many large national pizza chains.  Pizza the Action’s top sales person, Eaton Wright, just announced that he was resigning and that he had accepted a position with The Pie’s the Limit, an upstart competitor in the very same… Continue Reading

Is There a Murder in the House: Does an Owner have the Obligation to Disclose a Murder on the Property

Posted in *Way Out - Advice, Property Issues

Days after closing on their dream home – a brick colonial near the historic Texas Capitol – Hino and Mino Schute learned of their property’s ghastly past. Eleven months earlier, an intruder entered the house, shot and killed a 9-year-old girl and her father. Horrified, the Schutes unsuccessfully demanded their money back. When that failed,… Continue Reading

Have Gun, Will Travel: Owner’s Liability to Patrons for Violent Acts

Posted in *BTW - Noteworthy, Constitutional Rights & Issues, Criminal Law, Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

Attendees at the midnight showing of the remake of the movie “Paladin – the Gentleman Black Knight” were ambushed at the Orpheum Theater. According to news reports the accused bought a ticket and sat in the audience. He waited until after the movie started and then stepped out where he donned riot gear and re-entered… Continue Reading

Differences Between Surface & Mineral Estate Ownership

Posted in Property Issues

Seldon Wright, an accountant, searched for years to find the perfect piece of property to open his tax preparation business, Many Happy Returns.  At long last, Wright finally located and purchased an ideal parcel from Molly Kuehl, a physicist at the local university.  Several months after Wright finished construction of his office and opened for… Continue Reading

Should you Purchase Rental Insurance?

Posted in Property Issues

Les Plack, a dentist from Houston, took his family on a thrilling summer vacation to Baltimore, Maryland to fulfill his lifelong dream of visiting the National Museum of Dentistry.   Having collected his luggage at the Baltimore Washington International Airport, Plack headed to the Joy Ride Rental Car counter to rent a sporty Kia Sedona for… Continue Reading

Litigious Lessees and Other Customers

Posted in Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

The newspapers recently reported the story of woman who filed suit seeking a $100,000+ recovery from her landlord and former neighbor for damages allegedly caused by cigarette smoke drifting through the adjoining walls of their upscale townhome.  Sue Yu alleges that construction defects at the Tiffany Townhomes allowed Marilyn Marlboro’s (her neighbor) cigarette smoke to… Continue Reading

Explanation of bills that did, and did not, get passed

Posted in Constitutional Rights & Issues, Employment & Labor, Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

The 81st Texas Legislature that began in January ended with an exhausting five-day filibuster of the voter identification bill, a legislative logjam of other major legislation left for debate until late in the session, a frantic last ditch attempt to save much of that legislation, and a final-day meltdown in the Senate. The 2009 session… Continue Reading

Protesting Property Tax Valuations

Posted in Money, Property Issues

Ward and June recently received their property valuations from Comfort County. Their broker son Beaver Cleaver told them that, because county property valuations are intended to reflect the market value of the property as of January 1 this year, widespread foreclosures, declining building permits and high office vacancy rates should send Comfort County property values… Continue Reading

Duty to Disclose that a House for Sale is Haunted?

Posted in Legal Risk Management, Property Issues

Vlad “Dracula” Smith was looking for some new digs big enough to accommodate his growing family. While searching the MLS listings, Dracula stumbled across a castle belonging to Victor “Frankenstein” Jones.  Little did Dracula know, but the castle was widely reported to be haunted.  “Frankenstein” had even made the front page of the local paper… Continue Reading