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Attention all Homeowners Associations: Are You Compliant?

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….”

Forbes Selects Saunders, Walsh & Beard as a Top Law Firm

January 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Saunders, Walsh & Beard has been chosen by Forbes as a member of the inaugural Legal Black Book. The Forbes Legal Black Book is comprised of “elite law firms recognized for providing critical legal services.”  Selection is based on a firm’s “track record of…

Written Discovery: Mad Max and the Thunderdome

January 9, 2015

Picture the Thunderdome.  A shadow filed, iron caged, dome with a dirt floor the color of rust from recently spilled blood.  The moving shadows are created by the post-apocalyptic spectators hanging along the outside of the cage, clad in various leather costumes with open sores oozing puss.  You are Mad…

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

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

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.

What is Quo Warranto?

December 12, 2014

Over the course of the past two months I have randomly come across the phrase quo warranto.  The first time was the in the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure (Part VII, sec. 7) and the second time was in the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code (§§66.001 et seq.).  I…

Happy Thanks – taking!

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…

To Those Who Help

November 27, 2014

As they do each year, the Dallas Morning News published their list of those for whom we should be thankful on this truly American holiday.  I was struck by the common theme of their selections: people who help and serve others.  While hardly a novel concept, it was a good…

Relax. It’s Going to be Okay.

November 21, 2014

On September 23, 2014, Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers gave his fans some great advice, “Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land:  R-E-L-A-X.  Relax.  We’re going to be OK.”  While Aaron Rogers was talking about the Packers’ football season, I strive to apply this advice…

Don’t “Waive” Goodbye to Your Personal Jurisdiction Challenge

November 17, 2014

In the law, “waiver” is defined as the voluntary relinquishment of a known right. Lawyers waive defenses and legal argument in courts more often than you might think. Sometimes it’s intentional, and sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s the result of the lawyer’s mistake. A lawyer forgets to raise a defense,…