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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 Read More

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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, Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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Lien on Me? Materialmen’s and Mechanic’s and Texas Property Code § 53.160.

How do you challenge lien claims against your property? Disputes can arise as to the payment for, or performance of services on your home with a contractor. One of the constitutional remedies that a contractor has is to file a lien against your property, claiming you owe them money. If someone has filed a lien Read More

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Think Before Taking That Lawsuit to Court

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Heading to the Courtroom When people feel like they’ve been wronged by another party in some form or fashion, taking a lawsuit against that party to court tends to be one of—if not the first—options they entertain. Understandably, we can all fly off the handle to an extent after Read More

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Ten New Texas Laws

Changes to Texas Law You Should Know We have successfully made it through the first month of 2016, and as far as we can tell, the new year is off to a great start. Whether you’ve been striving to make some changes in your life as part of your New Year’s resolutions or avoiding resolutions Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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What Is One of the Biggest Mistakes a Seller of Real Estate Can Make?

By Don White, Attorney at Law I am constantly amazed that I still see disputes relating to Lease to Own Contracts. In the old days, we called them Contracts for Deed. Apparently the more modern title is Lease to Own or Lease with an Option to Purchase or some similar title. The Texas Legislature has Read More

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