Archive for June 2015

Do You Need an Oil and Gas Attorney?

By Don R. White, Attorney at Law For a culture that depends so heavily on oil and gas, it can be easy to forget just how prevalent these resources are in our day-to-day lives. Due to this dependence, oil and gas law encompasses many complicated legal policies, procedures and agreements. What Is Oil and Gas…

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Open Carry In Texas

For some, the idea of open carry is frightening. For others, it represents a much-needed expansion of 2nd amendment rights in Texas. Regardless of which side of the line you fall on, it is important to understand what the law really says about guns. State of the Law Regarding Guns For long guns (rifles), you…

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10 Truths about Divorce Cases

By Brian K. Tackett 1.  The judicial system is ill-equipped to assign blame. People get divorces for a variety of reasons, you may feel your spouse is to blame, however, it is extremely rare for a court to assign fault to one of the spouses. If you want your spouse to take responsibility for his…

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King v. Burwell

By Lance Vanzant Today in King v. Burwell the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tax credits provided under the Patient Protection and  Affordable Care Act are allowed for health insurance purchased on any exchange created under the Act.  The Petitioners challenged the giving of tax credits on those exchanges created by the federal government.  The Act…

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Understanding Condemnation

By Don R. White Condemnation sometimes referred to as eminent domain, is the taking of private property, for public use. When these types of actions are initiated, the issues of value/adequate compensation, and whether the land being taken is intended for public use become key. Understanding how condemnation proceedings work is important for landowners, because…

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Today in Horne Et al v. Department of Agriculture

Today in Horne Et al. v. Department of Agriculture the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that the government must pay just compensation when it takes personal property from an owner, just as when it takes real property.  Purportedly to help maintain stable markets for agricultural products, the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 authorizes the…

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Texas Legislature Updates Exemptions on Personal Property

By Byron R. Berry On May 26, 2015, the Texas Legislature passed an amendment to the Texas Property Code that increases the amount of personal property that is exempt from garnishment, attachment, execution or other seizure. Previously set at $60,000 for a family, or $30,000 for an individual, the protection stopped debt collectors from seizing…

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HBWV Introduces the ‘Fixed-Fee Divorce’

By Brian Tackett As a divorce lawyer, the question I am asked most often is also the question that is the most difficult to answer – “How much will this divorce cost?” No matter how hard I try – the words I use, the analogies I make – I cannot give my clients a satisfactory…

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Top 10 Things to Do Before Filing for Divorce

By Brian K. Tackett Top 10 Things to do Before Filing for Divorce: 10. Gather Important Documents Information is power. Gather proof of income such as tax returns, W-2s, 1099, paystubs, etc. Gather any and all financial account statements (whether yours, your spouse’s or joint accounts), including bank statements, credit card statements, retirement statements, mutual…

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What Happens If I’m Caught With Less Than Two Ounces of Marijuana?

By Jeffrey A. Hines The state of Texas is home of some of the most strict marijuana laws in the country. Even possession of less than two ounces of marijuana often results in an arrest. This process alone is lengthy, expensive and unpleasant. Once you are fully processed, you must wait in jail until a…

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