Make Gifts Now to Lock in Estate Tax Savings

Posted on Oct 19, 2020

In 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”), which increased the lifetime individual exemption from estate and gift tax to $10 million. The exemption is adjusted for inflation from time to time, so the exemption for 2020 is now $11.58 million (over $23 million for married couples). The TCJA also provides, […]

Best Lawyers® in America 2021 Recognizes 13 Branscomb Law Attorneys

Posted on Aug 20, 2020

Branscomb Law congratulates its lawyers included on the list:  Austin Jeff Dickerson (2010) Corporate Law Jim Robichaux (2007) Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants Craig Williams (2008) Real Estate Law Corpus Christi Jim Clancy (2012) Commercial Litigation Omar Leal (2013) Trusts and Estates Scott Sherman (2008) Trusts and Estates; Litigation – Trusts and […]

Covid-19 and ADA Confidentiality Obligations

Posted on Jul 2, 2020

Employers covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act (i.e., generally, those with 15 or more employees) are required to keep an employee’s medical information confidential.  There has been some uncertainty as to whether these obligations apply to medical information related to COVID-19.  Specifically, employers want to know what they can require their employees to disclose […]

A Landman’s Guide to Force Majeure and Shut-In Royalty Clauses in a Covid-19 Environment

Posted on Jun 4, 2020

A. Force Majeure  Step 1. Determine if the Lease has a force majeure clause. Texas courts will not imply a force majeure clause into a Lease.  Step 2. Determine whether the current circumstances are specifically covered by the force majeure clause. Broadly speaking, an event will be within the scope of the force majeure clause if: 1) […]

Unemployment Claims

Posted on Apr 15, 2020

Although there can be nuances that may impact this general information, with respect to unemployment in this COVID-19 era, it is important for employers to indicate in some fashion in their unemployment response that the hours cut or separation is COVID-19 related. It appears that the Texas Workforce Commission is granting unemployment benefits and categorizing […]

Insurance Coverage for COVID-19 Losses?

Posted on Apr 3, 2020

In the current climate, many businesses are wondering whether their insurance covers losses of property or income caused by Covid-19. The answer is it depends on the exact language of the policy. The language of each individual policy governs the scope of its coverage, and they vary widely. Some have specific endorsements excluding coverage for […]

Visiting a Ward During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Posted on Mar 31, 2020

If you have been appointed the guardian (a “Guardian”) of an incapacitated person (the “Ward”), it is your duty to perform regular visits with the Ward. However, with the arrival of COVID-19, and the increased vulnerability of the elderly and certain compromised incapacitated individuals, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are not allowing visits […]

Fallout from COVID-19: I Can’t Pay My Rent. Now What?

Posted on Mar 27, 2020

The fallout from COVID-19 is creating troubles for everyone; from the individual tenant renting a residence to the large commercial tenants renting space for their businesses. Landlords are also going to be (and some already are) negatively impacted by the inability of these tenants to pay their rents over the next months, especially as April […]

DOL Issues Guidance and Employee Notice for Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) was enacted into law on March 18, 2020 in response to COVID-19.  The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued the following guidance to assist employers and employees understand and comply the FFCRA, effective April 1, 2020: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice – Frequently Asked Questions Department of […]


Posted on Mar 26, 2020

On March 25, 2020, the Senate unanimously passed a COVID-19 relief bill known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).  The House is considering a voice vote by unanimous consent to pass it.  The Act contains significant provisions which impact immediate decisions by Branscomb Law clients. Among the most relevant […]