Considerations for a Texas Church Volunteer Safety Team

The following points are items that we would recommend all church organizations that want to implement a volunteer safety team (pursuant to Texas Occupations Code § 1702.333) consider before doing so.  Once your organization has answered these and any other questions that come up in the creation of your team, we recommend that all policies be written down in a …

Texas Standard Possession Order Explained

Terminology The Standard Possession Order will refer to the parents as the “Managing Conservator” and “Possessory Conservator” regardless of whether each parent is appointed as a managing or possessory conservator.  For the purposes of the Standard Possession Order, the “Managing Conservator” is the parent with the right to designate the child’s primary residence, and the “Possessory Conservator” is the other …

What I Learned Watching the Houston Astros

As a lifelong Astros fan (I grew up with Biggio, Bagwell, and the rest of the Killer B’s  in the Astrodome), watching them win the World Series for the first time in franchise  history in 2017 was a dream come true. I may or may not have worn an astros T-shirt to court under my jacket one day. Watching them …

Pleadings Are Not Court Orders

For the uninitiated, legal action (be it a divorce of child custody matter, contract dispute, or even criminal charges) is a foreign endeavor. Except for those of us mad enough to enter the legal profession, most people will only be involved in our legal system a handful of times, at most, during their lifetime. Unfortunately, this means that most people …

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Texas Limited Liability Company (LLC) Formation Documents

Overview Documenting a Texas LLC requires LLC members to think about numerous current and potential issues that may result during the lifetime of their business. Specifically, management, organizational, accounting, and taxation issues are common topics LLC members should consider. Generally, if an LLC gets sued, a plaintiff’s attorney will generally request the LLC’s company book and relevant documentation during the …

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Bump Stocks – Current Laws and Regulations

Over the past few weeks, the term “bump stock” has unfortunately become ubiquitous with the intersection of firearms legislation and the tragedy in Las Vegas.  With regulation currently on the minds of both sides of the political aisle, I believe it’s worth taking the time to look back at how past administrations handled devices similar to bump stocks.  Before we …

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Estate Planning for Newlyweds: 5 Important Tips

ESTATE PLANNING FOR NEWLYWEDS Estate planning for newlyweds is typically the last thing a couple thinks about after the ink dries on a marriage license, but it is important aspect to consider as the couple begins their lives together.  Although this article might seem directed at young, first-time married couples, these five considerations can be applicable for people who marry, …

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Texas Concealed Carry in Church: When and Where Can You Carry?

Brief Description and Statutes Due to the manner in which Section 46.035 of the Texas Penal Code was written, especially in regard to the listed places in Section 46.035(b), much confusion has resulted as to whether Texas concealed carry in church is permissible.  Contrary to popular belief, churches and places of worship are not listed under Section 46.03 of the Texas Penal …

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Texas Open Carry Laws: Failure to ID (Part 2)

A question our office routinely encounters regarding Texas Open Carry laws is whether a Texas License to Carry (LTC) holder is legally required to present their LTC upon request by law enforcement or a magistrate.  The answer, though definitive, is complex with legislative history and potential legal pitfalls, especially since Texas Open Carry laws took effect in 2016. First, there …