Real Estate & Condemnation

Should I Hire a Lawyer When Buying a House in Texas?

I get this question a lot — “Should I hire a lawyer when buying a house in Texas?” The answer, as is often the case with many things in life, is “It depends.” Although, I will add that, even in the most banal of real estate transactions, having an attorney on your side who can…

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Relinquishment Act of 1919

Relinquishment Act  In Texas, there is a little-known corner of the General Land Office that deals with a specific kind of property: “Relinquishment Act Land.” The Relinquishment Act of 1919 is an obscure piece of legislation that sparked a constitutional fight, lasting until 1928, over the powers of the Government. From his blog, John McFarland…

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Adverse Possession Claims in Texas

Adverse Possession is a misunderstood legal concept that gains popularity occasionally when a news story or rumors circulate about an absurd situation. The reality of Adverse Possession is often much less interesting and far more complicated. Adverse Possession, in a general sense, is a legal concept stating that, if you possess and occupy a piece…

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Reverse Mortgages in Texas: An Overview

This article provides an explanation of reverse mortgages in Texas, how they work, and the eligibility requirements — it will also discuss the pros and cons of a reverse mortgage. Reverse Mortgages in Texas — An Explanation Many homeowners have accumulated equity in their home and consider encumbering their home with a reverse mortgage. A…

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Welcome Cody Lewis!

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant would like to welcome Cody Lewis to our firm! Cody comes to us from Beasley, Hightower & Harris in Dallas, Texas. Cody works tirelessly to uphold his client’s values, interests, and objectives while providing them with the highest level of information to achieve their objectives. Cody will be practicing Civil,…

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The Texas Open Beaches Act: Severance v. Patterson

Real Property disputes are some of the most frequent cases we take on at our firm. You can view previous blog posts regarding other cases here. Along Texas beaches, unique issues of ownership due to the natural erosion and growth of beaches frequently comes up. The Texas Open Beaches Act ensures that the public has…

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Texas City Annexation Procedures

Rapid population growth and aggressive annexation policies by Texas cities have extended municipal boundaries into areas that were once predominantly rural and dominated by agricultural land uses. In an effort to curb the ability of cities to annex legitimate farming operations and burden those uses with municipal regulations the Texas legislature in 2007 enacted House…

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Stages of Condemnation in Texas

Condemnation in Texas (i.e., Eminent Domain) is a process whereby a State or other entity with the power of Eminent Domain may take all or a part of your property for adequate consideration. The process has three stages. The first stage is informal. In this stage, you are usually contacted by a landman or by…

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What Does a Seller’s Disclosure Notice NOT Tell You About the Property?

By Don White  Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law When a Seller offers a home for sale, they are required under the Contract to provide the buyer with a Seller’s Disclosure Notice. This Notice is a disclosure of the Seller’s knowledge of any areas…

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