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Calculating Damages in a Texas Trespass Action

If someone trespasses and causes property damage, the owner of the property is entitled to compensation for that damage. However, property owners should be careful to prove damages accurately to maximize recovery. Relying on the wrong damages model could mean losing a case, and retrials are rare and costly. See Tex. R. App. P. 44.1(b); …

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Changes to the Option Fee in TREC Residential Contracts

In the fall of 2020, the Texas Real Estate Commission approved several important changes to contracts and addenda that took effect April 1, 2021. TREC forms used by sellers, buyers, and agents should now use form contracts that reflect those changes. The biggest change relates to the option fee process found in paragraph 5 of …

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General Warranty Deeds vs. Special Warranty Deeds in Texas

A deed is a legal document that conveys ownership of property from one person to another. Texans have several different types of deeds to choose from when transferring ownership. This article will compare two common types of deeds, the General Warranty Deed and the Special Warranty Deed. Both deeds guarantee a clear title, one without …

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Texas Municipal Utility District Notices

A Municipal Utility District or MUD allows communities to develop and grow, particularly in areas which lack municipal services. Through bonds and taxes paid by residents living within its boundaries, a MUD finances water, sewage, and other utility infrastructure. Nearly 1,000 MUDs currently exist in Texas. Requirements of MUD Notices Section 49.452 of the Texas …

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The Notario Publico and Unauthorized Practice of Law in Texas

Notario Publico and Notary Public are two terms that seem synonymous but definitely are not the same in the state of Texas. Equating one title with the other has caused problems for many people, sometimes leading them to unqualified, even unscrupulous, notaries. Similar in Name Only While the names sound similar, each title originates from …

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