Business Law | Silberman Law Firm, PLLC - Part 2

Oil & Gas Indemnity Agreements in Texas

In the energy industry, it is common for parties to enter into legal agreements directing drilling and day-to-day operations of oil and gas wells. These agreements are commonly known as master service agreements.Master Service Agreements and IndemnityThese agreements detail the rights and obligations that each party has during drilling operations. Prior to 1985, parties involved …

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Force Majeure Clauses and Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has proved incredibly disruptive, forcing the postponement or cancellation of many private and public events. High profile events that suffered cancellation included the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Austin’s iconic South by Southwest (SXSW). State and local orders mandating social distancing have also made many private events impossible, including weddings, …

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What the Coronavirus $2T Stimulus Package Means for TX Small Business

Small businesses across Texas have been crippled because of “stay at home” and “shelter in place” orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, Governor Abbott signed an executive order consolidating its local predecessors and limiting non-essential activity until April 30, 2020.  In order to rescue America’s economy, the federal government recently passed into law, …

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When a Texas Property Manager May Be Liable for the Debts of the Property Owner

Property managers routinely contract for services to properties on behalf of the owner. Commercial real estate projects including apartment complexes, retail centers, and office buildings need a variety of services for things such as landscaping and janitorial. Service agreements are often signed and orders are placed without much thought as whether the property manager has …

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Texas Certificate of Merit

Tort reform in Texas has made it critical for plaintiffs to ensure that all threshold requirements are met before filing lawsuits against certain professionals. Failure to comply with certain conditions precedent may have dire consequences. Texas law requires a plaintiff to file a certificate of merit contemporaneously with a lawsuit against certain licensed or registered …

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Foreclosing on the Landlord’s Contractual Lien

Almost all Texas commercial leases include a section that provides a Texas landlord with a lien on the tenant’s fixtures and personal property. Often, these contractual liens are overlooked by both landlords and tenants until there is a default by the tenant. The below is an example of pertinent language from a typical landlord’s lien …

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Forfeitures and Terminations of Texas Business Entities

Many businesses in the State of Texas form entities. Whether a business is a registered partnership, a limited liability company, or a corporation, an entity may lose its ability to do business in Texas if an entity is involuntarily forfeited or voluntarily terminated. This article will discuss the law surrounding forfeitures and terminations as well …

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