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Emails Can Create Enforceable Contracts

October 20, 2015

  Email has become the standard form of written communication in the business world.  It should come as no surprise that the laws have adapted to accommodate this new age of electronic communication.  We routinely enter into contracts while shopping online, but the formality of the experience leaves little question…

HOA Horror Stories

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…

New Laws of Interest

October 14, 2015

The 2015 Texas Legislature did a lot of good work during the 84th Legislative Session.  Many of the most notable bills passed involved the budget, tax cuts, education and transportation.  If you are the typical Texan, you will likely acknowledge that these laws are important and that they will ultimately…

The Last Out:  Coach is “SLAPPED” for suing baseball volunteers.

October 9, 2015

The last “out” was just made in our baseball anti-slapp case where a coach sued another coach and the president of the league for “ruining his reputation” stemming from events at a 7 year old’s baseball game (see prior entries here and here).     After appeal, and reversal, the Trial…

The New Open Carry Laws

September 11, 2015

            Texans are excited about the new open carry laws recently signed by Governor Abbott (HB 910).  I am intrigued by what I have heard about the new gun laws, so I thought I would educate myself and then pass some of that information along to you.

Lawyers are the Modern Day Gunslingers

September 11, 2015

It is a cold, rainy morning in Dallas, Texas.  The low cloud cover hides the tops of the downtown buildings and everything is cast in a gray hue.  I am waiting for my contact under the hotel awning, anxious to get started with the task at hand.             My contact…

Rule 202 Pre-Suit Depositions

September 11, 2015

A couple of years ago, a client came to me for assistance.  He suspected that his financial advisor was not being honest with him.  After looking through his documents, I had a lot of questions that needed to be answered, but I did not have enough to justify a lawsuit. …

Allen ISD’s Eagle Stadium to reopen for graduation after $10 million-plus in fixes

June 1, 2015

Congratulations to the AISD staff and students and to the community of Allen! We are so happy for the students at Allen ISD. It is pleasing to know that Saunders Walsh & Beard played a role in getting Eagle Stadium ready for 2015 Graduation! http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/allen/headlines/20150531-graduates-to-reopen-allen-isds-eagle-stadium.ece

Tracking Emails: Ethical Considerations for Lawyers

May 27, 2015

I was recently asked if I ever used email tracking software.  Initially the thought intrigued me, but I am concerned about the ethical implications.  The person who told me about this technology explained that it could provide me with an advantage in settlement negotiations.  Using this software, I could track…

When is the Last Time You Read the Texas Lawyer’s Creed?

May 15, 2015

Recently, I had a minor disagreement with opposing counsel.  It was nothing of any significance, but I had my attention drawn to the Texas Lawyer’s Creed.  My first impression was that neither opposing counsel nor I were living up to the standards set forth in the Creed.