Legal Talk

The Cruise Conundrum – Suing is not Easy Sailing

There have always been murmurs, interrupted by occasional shouts, about the dark side of traveling on a cruise ship. Some of the stories – of passengers falling overboard and drowning, burning to death in an on-board fire, being sexually assaulted, smashing onto a deck after a cord broke on an onboard bungee jump – are horrific. If any of these incidents had occurred in a hotel or recreational park on...

Shedding the Unwanted Houseguest – A Road Map to Deal with Squatters

“Friends, Relatives, In-laws, lend me your ears.  I have come to bury our relationship, not to praise it.  You need to leave my house now.” Feel free to tweak the foregoing to fit your situation.  Shakespeare most assuredly will not mind. There are few situations more fraught with anxiety than dealing with a houseguest turned squatter.  You might be dealing with an adult child who moves back home for “just a...

Amateur Hour – Loans to Family Members Can Be Complicated

During the Years of Plenty, when you could simply throw money into the air and have it return three-fold, intra-family loans were a rarity.   Ah, but that was before the dawning of the year of Coronavirus.  Nowadays family loans are depressingly common, often being the only buffer between economic survival and pandemic- inspired bankruptcy.    If you find yourself lending money to a family member, there are some points to keep in...

It is Twenty Years Later – Do You Know Where Your Lawyer Is?

Talk about an aging profession. More than 35% of the licensed attorneys in the State of Texas are over the age of 55. Ouch. Just like other professionals, lawyers can retire, move, get hit by lightning, or die. If that happens to your lawyer, then it can leave you, the client, in a mess. You need to protect yourself from the unintentional fallout. Before we get to the steps you should take, consider...

Top Ways Your Business Can Prepare for the New SBA Loan

As the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic and its threat to the American economy became increasingly apparent, Congress passed the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. The original law created a relief package of over $2 trillion with the purpose to provide fast and direct economic assistance to American workers, families and small businesses while preserving jobs for American businesses and industries. For small...

Butt Shaking – Accusation of Lawyer’s Bad Acts goes Viral

In 1989 the justices of the two highest courts of this great State of Texas, disgusted with the bad behavior of a “minority” of Texas lawyers, adopted a missive called The Texas Lawyer’s Creed. It sets forth aspirational rules of conduct using a consistent theme of the lawyer’s duty of honesty, candor and fairness towards clients, opposing counsel and judges. Little did the justices realize that their Creed contained a...

Getting Past the Nursing Home Lock-Down – Government Letters Help

If the impact of COVID-19 were to be illustrated by only one picture, it would be that of a grandfather and grandson, separated by a nursing home window, reaching out to touch each other’s hand through the glass.      Pitiful as that scene is, even that amount of limited communication is not being offered by some nursing homes.  If you are one of the families being denied visits or information by a...

Small Stuff – The Covid-19 Changes You Have Not Heard About

You have to give reporters due credit. News coverage on the recently enacted pandemic-related laws and actions by government officials – elected and appointed – has been phenomenal. The big stuff made headlines in every news outlet. Not so well publicized was the bunch of small stuff that happened quietly behind the scenes. Since these changes were not quite so bombastic, you may not have heard about them. Here, then,...

3 Ways That Grandparents Can Get Custody of Grandchildren

In recent years, the traditional nuclear American family that prevailed in the years following World War II – father, mother and children all living together – has undergone a number of societal strains and changes, including the frequency of divorce and an increasing number of single-parent households. Consequently, census figures reveal that today, 1 in 10 American children live with a grandparent, and that statistic includes approximately a quarter...

Copyright Laws for Freelancers in the Digital Space

As the reach of technology has expanded in the digital age and an increasing amount of commerce has gone online, many Americans have decided to leave the 9 to 5 routine and work for themselves as freelancers, also known as independent contractors. It cannot be denied that making the move to freelancing certainly has its perks. By having the freedom to make your own decisions, you can set your pay...

What are the Different Types of Compensatory Damages?

The basic definition of compensatory damages is of the monetary damages awarded a plaintiff in a lawsuit for the loss he or she has suffered because of the actions of the defendant. What many may not realize, however, is that there are two types of compensatory damages: actual damages (sometimes called “special damages”) and general damages. Knowing the differences between the two is essential in understanding how courts compensate...

The Rules Keep Changing – COVID-19 brings Dizzying Changes to Law

We are being bombarded, inundated, swamped and over-run with changes in the law - some temporary, some permanent and some yet-to-be-determined.    There are two biggies on the Federal level: CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) and FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act). States and municipalities are churning out directives daily if not hourly. If it was not so mind-boggling, it would almost be funny. Anyway, here are a few...
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