Access to Texas Courts in a Time of Coronavirus

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

With the outbreak of COVID-19, state and local governments are responding with their own policies and procedures to protect the health and welfare of our communities. Our firm has locations in Nueces, Travis, Harris, and Bexar Counties. See below for a summary of the different policies and procedures each of these counties and the Texas […]

Branscomb Law Prepared. 100% Available for Our Clients.

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

To our valued clients and referral sources: Ten years ago, we went paperless.   All our client files are electronic.  Five years ago, we moved all our local electronic information to the cloud.  Two years ago, we created duplicate work stations for our attorneys at home with WIFI and LTE redundancy. This month, we gave the […]

A Deal’s a Deal – Right?

Posted on Mar 2, 2020

“In Texas, a deal is, of course, a deal.” That’s how the Supreme Court of Texas started off its recent opinion in Chalker Energy Partners III, LLC et. al v. Le Norman Operating, LLC. But by the end of the opinion, the Court had determined—as it has many times before—that an alleged agreement between the […]

Recent Tax Law Changes Impacting Tax Exempt Organizations

Posted on Feb 7, 2020

Net Investment Income Tax on Private Foundations Simplified The 2020 appropriations legislation signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019 streamlines the excise tax most private foundations are required to pay on their net investment income. The former two-tiered regime taxed private foundations’ net investment income at a default 2% tax rate.  However, […]

Branscomb Law Litigators Win High Dollar Mineral Cases

Posted on Dec 18, 2019

Landowners and holders of mineral rights sometimes find themselves in legal fights over their property. These conflicts can take a nearly limitless variety of forms. They can be over surface usage, surface ownership, oil and gas title, royalty payments, or some combination. Disagreements can arise with rival landowners, oil and gas companies, or both at […]

Do I Need a Survey When Buying Property?

Posted on Nov 1, 2019

When buying a home or any type of property, such as raw land or commercial property, you might ask: Do I really need a survey?  The tried and true real estate lawyer answer, “it depends,” comes to mind, but, you really should consider purchasing (or asking the seller to purchase) a survey when buying real […]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Overtime Rule

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

On September 24 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule increasing the threshold amounts for exempt status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA empowers the DOL to define and delimit the requirements for certain employees to be exempt from overtime.  The DOL has expressed what is required […]

2019 Legislature Narrows Texas Citizens Participation Act to Clean Up Eight-Year Mess

Posted on Sep 10, 2019

On June 2, 2019, Governor Abbott signed a bill amending the Texas Citizens Participation Act (“TCPA” or “Act”) to clarify and narrow its scope. The changes will help slow a years-long torrent of litigation over the meaning and reach of the legislation. In 2011, the 82nd Legislature passed the TCPA to protect citizens’ rights to […]

Best Lawyers® in America 2020 Recognizes 13 Branscomb Law Attorneys

Posted on Aug 15, 2019

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 – […]

Texas Supreme Court: You Can’t Claim Fraud If It’s in Writing and You Signed It

Posted on Mar 21, 2019

The Texas Supreme Court recently reaffirmed a contracting party’s ability to protect itself from liability for fraudulent inducement by bargaining for specific disclaimers of reliance on any extra-contractual statements. This decision serves as an important reminder of the power of such disclaimers, which can even bar actions based on post-signing misrepresentations if the parties later […]