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Notice of Nonsuit – An Order is Necessary

August 31, 2016

Although a Motion for Nonsuit or a Notice of Nonsuit is effective immediately upon filing, there must still be an order formally dismissing the case.  Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 162 reads as follows: At any time before the plaintiff has introduced all of his evidence other than rebuttal evidence,…

Decoding Chapter 140 of the CPRC

August 4, 2016

Chapter 140 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code is intended to limit the subrogation rights of an injured person’s health insurance provider.  When this statute was first enacted in 2014, an esteemed personal injury attorney told me that the new law was simple, “Everyone gets a third of…

2016 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star – Jacob D. Thomas

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March 23, 2016

Saunders, Walsh & Beard would like to congratulate Jacob D. Thomas, a partner at Saunders, Walsh & Beard, for being selected for inclusion in the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars.  This is the second year in a row that Jacob has received this honor. The Rising Stars are the…

Saunders, Walsh & Beard sponsors the 1st Annual Hugs Café Celebration and Benefit in McKinney

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February 9, 2016

Saunders, Walsh & Beard was happy to be a sponsor for the First Annual Hugs Café Celebration and Benefit in McKinney this past Saturday. Hugs Cafe, Inc. is a Texas nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to empower Special Needs Adults to change their lives for the better by creating jobs…

Texans “Slap” Back

February 4, 2016

Freedom of Speech is Alive and Well in Texas.  The Texas Citizens Participation Act Strikes Again: This time in an HOA dispute. If you run for office these days, you probably need to have pretty thick skin.  People have always “talked about” leaders, but now with the advent of community websites,…

The Difference between a Rule of Interpretation and a Canon of Construction

January 20, 2016

One evening, sitting by the fireplace, sipping on a cup of hot coco, I found myself musing on the subject of contract interpretation.  I was pondering various active cases and my fading memory of my first year of law school when I had two revelations:  1) I am getting old,…

2015 is “in the books” — is it in your corporate books?

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January 14, 2016

An out-of-date corporate book can cause unexpected legal problems! It is important to keep your entity’s books up-to-date and to ensure compliance with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office and the Texas Comptroller’s Office.  Here are some common issues in need of updates: Did your entity hold its required annual…

The Eagle Has Landed

December 16, 2015

There is nothing like Fall football, especially in Texas.  As a native Texan, one of my favorite sayings is “everything is bigger and better in Texas.” The Allen football stadium is no exception. Last year, deficiencies were discovered that resulted in the closure of Allen’s $60 million Eagle Stadium.  Since…

Thanksgiving Jurisprudence

November 24, 2015

While few lawyers are filing lawsuits the week before Thanksgiving, the holiday does give rise to some interesting cases.  I have compiled a small list of interesting legal entanglements that reference Thanksgiving in one shape or form.  Whether you will laugh or cringe, I am not quite sure, but here…

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…