Client Page

The items below originally appeared in the "Client Page" column in the Texas Bar Journal. The Client Page offers useful legal information for consumers. The Texas Bar Journal is a monthly magazine received by all Texas attorneys and is published by the State Bar of Texas.

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03/01/2020 - Rest in Peace: Key decisions to make now

02/01/2020 - Is Your Business Safe From a Divorce? What you need to know about shareholder, partnership, and buy-sell agreements.

01/01/2020 - Missing Kids: Taking action if one parent leaves the country with a child and refuses to return.


12/01/2019 - Out of State: What you need to consider if you are contemplating a move and filing for divorce.

11/01/2019 - Smart Sharing: Five ways that social media can impact your divorce.

10/01/2019 - Mitigating Exposure: How to navigate the sales tax economic nexus.

09/01/2019 - Common-Law Marriage in Texas: Debunking two typical myths.

07/01/2019 - Corporate Maintenance: How to protect yourself and compete more effectively.

06/01/2019 - Driver’s Ed: What you need to know when filing a car accident insurance claim.

05/01/2019 - Behind the Wheel: Texas parents may be liable for negligent teenage driver accidents.

04/01/2019 - Buyer Beware: Why you should purchase a private company with your eyes wide open.

03/01/2019 - Affair Despair? How to deal with adultery in a Texas divorce.

02/01/2019 - Consumer Rights: What can you do if your vehicle is recalled?

01/01/2019 - Inflatables: What you need to know so you won’t get bounced.


12/01/2018 - Bitcoin Battles: Is your spouse hiding assets via cryptocurrency?

11/01/2018 - Money Matters: Should you file for divorce before the new tax code takes full effect next year?

10/01/2018 - Property Matters: What documentation should landowners have when leasing out their property for recreational use?

09/01/2018 - Out of Control: What you need to know about force majeure clauses.

07/01/2018 - My 12 Year Old Says She’s Moving to Her Dad’s House! Can She Do That?

06/01/2018 - Selling Your Company: Guideposts to the process.

05/01/2018 - A Brand Apart: How to select, protect, and inspect your trademark.

04/01/2018 - Take Stock: A look at how options are taxed

03/01/2018 - Tax Time: How long can the IRS audit? It depends.

02/01/2018 - That’s a Great Idea: How a patent lawyer can protect your invention.

01/01/2018 - Early Decision: When is it smart to have a prenup?


12/01/2017 - Privacy Policy 101: What every website owner should know.

11/01/2017 - Custody Fight: When grandparents or other relatives seek parental rights

10/01/2017 - Software Development Agreement: Who really owns the intellectual property?

09/01/2017 - Making Plans: Do I really need a revocable trust?

07/01/2017 - Kid Duty:The right of first refusal in custody cases and how it can backfire.

06/01/2017 - Give Me the Ring Back! When written promises are binding in failed engagements.

05/01/2017 - Level Up: Legal issues facing software, app, and video game entrepreneurs.

04/01/2017 - Annual Checkup: What you and your business lawyer should review now.

03/01/2017 - Here Comes the Sun: Key considerations for landowners considering solar leases.

02/01/2017 - Home Sweet Home: Making sense of Medicaid recovery.

01/01/2017 - Take Care Before You ’Cast: Navigating copyright law when using music in your podcast.


12/01/2016 - A Roller Coaster Ride: How to navigate an emotional divorce.

11/01/2016 - Making the Move: Considerations when relocating your company.

10/01/2016 - Smart Plan: Protect your business with a website design agreement.

09/01/2016 - Wage Gauge: Getting employers ready for the new overtime rules.

07/01/2016 - Estate Planning: How to write a valid holographic will.

06/01/2016 - Knock and Talk: When law enforcement can enter your home.

05/01/2016 - Financial Cheating: How to recognize warning signs and improve communication.

04/01/2016 - Rapid Response: What you do after a fire or explosion can make or break a case.

03/01/2016 - Owner’s Manual: Settling a life insurance policy.

02/01/2016 - The Ride: Five ways to prepare for the divorce process.

01/01/2016 - Criminal Justice Quiz: How much do you know about your rights?


12/01/2015 - Gay and Cohabitating in Texas? You just might need a no-nup.

11/01/2015 - Happy Holidays: How to help children survive the season after family court.

10/01/2015 - The Taxman Cometh: If you are considering a family limited partnership,be mindful that the IRS has its eyes on you.

09/01/2015 - Brand Ambassador: Trademark basics every entrepreneur should know.

07/01/2015 - Co-Parenting 101

06/01/2015 - Is It Worth It?

05/01/2015 - Fashion Sense: Personal appearance in Texas courts.

04/01/2015 - Splitsville: Divorce and the closely held business owner.

03/01/2015 - Categories: What you need to know before you classify your workers.

02/01/2015 - Office Talk. Understanding an employer’s role in social media intervention.

01/01/2015 - Equity Crowdfunding. A new way to raise money.


12/01/2014 - Act Responsibly. How divorce clients hurt their cases.

11/01/2014 - It’s a Digital World. Legal considerations for e-commerce sites and companies doing business online.

10/01/2014 - Till Death Do Us Part? Splitting up can be difficult, especially if you don’t know the truth about family law in Texas.

09/01/2014 - Forward Thinking. Three critical and cost-effective legal projects for business owners.

07/01/2014 - Clueless. Signs you should speak with a divorce lawyer (because chances are your spouse already has).

06/01/2014 - Was That Your Idea? A guide to securing a patent (part two).

05/01/2014 - Best Idea Ever. A guide to securing a patent (part one).

04/01/2014 - Ten Tenant Tenets: How to protect yourself when issues come up with a landlord

03/01/2014 - Clause and Effect: A few helpful tips on scope, rules of evidence, and other things you should know about arbitration

02/01/2014 - How to buy your first home without making your first major mistake

01/01/2014 - Consequences: Before you plead guilty, ask these questions


12/01/2013 - How to choose the right lawyer for the job

11/01/2013 - Senior Scams

10/01/2013 - That’s What She Said

09/01/2013 - The Wedding Planner

07/01/2013 - How to get legal advice if you can’t afford a lawyer

06/01/2013 - Abuse of Power: How to get out of a violent situation

05/01/2013 - Children’s Involvement in Divorce

04/01/2013 - I Paid My Tickets. I Have Insurance. Who Is MSB and Why Is My License Suspended?

03/01/2013 - I’m Innocent! Now What?

02/01/2013 - Preparation Key to a Successful Retirement

01/01/2013 - Consumers Have Options to Deal with Mounting Debt


12/01/2012 - Texas’ New Football Helmet Law

11/01/2012 - Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

10/01/2012 - Retaining a Lawyer: What You Need to Know About Fee Agreements

09/01/2012 - If You Are Arrested

07/01/2012 - Protecting Intellectual Property in International Markets

06/01/2012 - The Dangers of Representing Yourself in Legal Matters

05/01/2012 - Responding to a Texas Criminal Subpoena

04/01/2012 - So You Received a Jury Summons — Now What?

03/01/2012 - Records Management for Texas Local Governments

02/01/2012 - Defending Yourself Against Stalking

01/01/2012 - Texas Probate Passport: A Guide to Probate and Estate Planning in Texas


12/01/2011 - Texas' New Trademark Act

11/01/2011 - Providing for Pets After Your Death

10/01/2011 - The Ex-Files: How and Why to Get Along with Your Former Spouse

09/01/2011 - Oil & Gas Basics for Homeowners

07/01/2011 - Reduced-Fee Legal Services In Texas

06/01/2011 - An Introduction to Mechanic's Liens

05/01/2011 - Nonprofit Demons Disguised as Angels, How to Protect Yourself

04/01/2001 - Protect Yourself From Mortgage Loan Scams

03/01/2011 - Dealing With Dementia

02/01/2011 - Facing Foreclosure

01/01/2011 - Social Media Users R U Insurable?


12/01/2010 - 'Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

11/01/2010 - Protecting the Rights of Veterans

10/01/2010 - Special Education Laws in Texas

09/01/2010 - Name Changes in Texas

07/01/2010 - Crime Victims' Compensation Fund

06/01/2010 - Is Consumer Bankruptcy the Right Choice for You?

05/01/2010 - What to Know Before Filing a Lien on a Homestead

04/01/2010 - Investing Smart from the Start

03/01/2010 - Should You Use Social Media to Hire?

02/01/2010 - P2P File-Sharing: Evaluate the Risks

01/01/2010 - Reducing Restaurant Liability in Texas


12/01/2009 - Fiscal Fitness: Choosing a Credit Counselor

11/01/2009 - Client-Attorney Assistance Program

10/01/2009 - Your Rights On Campus

09/01/2009 - Tips for Texans Purchasing Insurance

07/01/2009 - Computer Disposal

06/01/2009 - Your Access to Free Credit Reports

05/01/2009 - Attorney Complaint Information

04/01/2009 - Becoming a Lawyer

03/01/2009 - Tenants' Rights in Texas: Renting and Repairs

02/01/2009 - Dealing with Insurance Claims After a Hurricane

01/01/2009 - How to Sue in Small Claims Court

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