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AMENDMENTS TO TEXAS HOA LAW FINALLY GIVE HOMEOWNERS A STICK TO FIGHT BACK WITH

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November 12, 2015

Recent changes in the law finally give Texas homeowners a stick to fight back against abusive practices by Texas homeowners associations.  If you are reading this, you’ve no doubt heard of HOA horror stories. Perhaps you’ve been a victim of HOA harassment or bullying.  HOAs are not regulated by the…

HOA Horror Stories

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October 16, 2015

Ahh, HOA’s.  You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em.  And those who hate ‘em usually have a good reason.  Maybe the HOA is on their case about a fence needing repair.  Maybe it’s that dues haven’t been paid on time and the HOA is threatening foreclosure (yes, strange as…

Kid’s Baseball Coach Strikes Out in Defamation Suit – We’re Going to Extra Innings

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May 1, 2015

In his recent post, my partner Brantley Saunders talked about a decision by the Fort Worth Court of Appeals in a case being handled by our firm.  The case arose out of complaints made by parents about an assistant coach’s behavior at a baseball game – in a 7 year…

Open Board Meetings Under the Texas HOA Laws: Just How “Open” Are They?

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March 13, 2015

Under the Texas homeowners association laws passed several years ago, HOAs are required to make the meetings of their respective boards “open.”  But open to who?  The public?  Can just anyone attend?  Can I bring a lawyer?  A local news crew?

Recoverability of Attorney’s Fees in Homeowner Association Disputes

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February 20, 2015

A man walked into a lawyer’s office and inquired about the lawyer’s rates.  “$50 for 3 questions,” replied the lawyer.  “Isn’t that awfully steep?” asked the man.  “Yes,” the lawyer replied.  “And what was your third question?”

Does a Policyholder Have a Right to Select Independent Counsel To Represent It When the Insurance Company Reserves Its Rights?

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January 30, 2015

Most liability insurance policies – whether they be commercial general liability, business owners, errors and omissions, homeowners or auto – require the insurance company to defend the policyholder against lawsuits where the plaintiff is seeking damages potentially covered by the insurance policy.

Attention all Homeowners Associations: Are You Compliant?

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January 16, 2015

“HOA’s need to be aware of these new laws, however, because a failure to follow them can prevent the HOA from exercising its rights….”

Attention All Social Hosts:  Make Sure It’s A Happy New Year

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December 31, 2014

Throwing a holiday party this year in your home?  Having guests over where alcohol will be served?  If so, then you know it’s always possible that someone is going to drink too much.  And you know things can get out of hand if that occurs.  Now you’ll probably get over…

Insurance for Legal Marijuana-Related Businesses: A Budding New Industry

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December 19, 2014

My grandmother was always fond of saying “The whole world is going to pot.”  Little did she know how prophetic those words might be someday.

Happy Thanks – taking!

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December 5, 2014

Ah, the holidays.  Tis the season of giving.  But for many lawyers and their clients, giving is not on their minds.  The client has been wronged and wants justice.  But the wheels of justice often turn very slowly, especially around the holidays.  The client wants results, but there is nothing…