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Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) is a federal statute generally designed to protect workers who are unorganized or who lack bargaining power. The protections afforded individuals by the FLSA extend only to “employees.” The question whether one falls under the definition of employee is usually readily apparent. Most workers who are not Read More

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Business Divorce in Texas

When I was young, my father told me to never get into a 50/50 ownership arrangement with your business partner. Now that I’ve grown into an attorney who sometimes deals with these businesses, I thought it might be useful to talk about some of the ways to avoid a 50/50 situation or some considerations that Read More

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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 Read More

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Why Does a Lawyer Cost So Much?

Why Does It Have to Cost? I know his brother, you think to yourself as you sit across from the lawyer, wondering why the retainer he just quoted you didn’t seem to include any discount. “And this retainer is no indicator of how much this may ultimately cost,” the lawyers says. What?!? MAY? ULTIMATELY? COST? Read More

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What Are the Different Types of Lawyers?

In the United States, our legal system is in place to facilitate the function of a civil society. It strives to ensure citizens abide by federal and state laws as well as balance state and federal power. It comes as no surprise that the world of law is multifaceted and encompasses multiple subcategories ranging from Read More

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I-35 Expansion and Condemnation in Denton County

Denton County landowners will soon be receiving letters from the Texas Department of Transportation concerning the condemnation of their land along I-35.  The state plans to expand the interstate and needs to purchase land to facilitate that expansion.  Read more at this Denton Record Chronicle article.  Associate William Scazzero writes about the process of condemnation in Read More

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Texas Covenants Not to Compete: Part 3

When a party to a Covenant Not to Compete seeks to enforce that same covenant, they have limited options. Each case is different, and the party should consult with their attorney before taking any action. Improperly addressing the issue could cost the party their rights of enforcement, potential remedies, and could even subject them to a Read More

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Texas Covenants Not to Compete: Part 2

Definitions and Enforcement of Covenants Not to Compete 1. Definitions  The law uses complex, and often times confusing terminology. This entry is designed to help the reader follow along as Covenants not to Compete are discussed more in depth over coming articles.  A “Covenant not to Compete” is an agreement not to engage in the Read More

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Texas Covenants Not to Compete: Part 1

Covenants not to Compete in an Employment Contract can be a valuable tool for Employers who are looking to protect their interests in a competitive market. They can allow Employers to freely train, and provide confidential information to Employees that would give their competitors an advantage over them should the Employee leave to join a Read More

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