Texas Wind Leases - New Statutory Regulations

Texas has been a leader in the energy industry for many years, and that now includes wind energy. Wind energy is becoming a more prominent source of energy and as wind turbines become a common sight across the Texas countryside, it is important for landowners and developers to stay abreast new regulations regarding wind energy. On June 14, 2019, Gov. Abbot signed House Bill 2845, which modifies Section 301 of Title 6 of the Texas Utilities Code; this law took effect September 1, 2019.

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Laura Falco
Special Warranty and General Warranty Deeds - What’s the Difference?

When purchasing a piece of property, the last step in the process is the closing – where, among other things, the previous owner deeds you the property. This raises two questions: i) what kind of deed are you getting and ii) what are the implications of receiving such a deed? While there are several options when it comes to the type of deeds used to transfer property, this blog focuses on two of the more commonly used deeds, the Special Warranty Deed and the General Warranty Deed.

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Christopher Dewitt
Bundle of Sticks: Understanding Mineral Ownership Rights

When most of us think about owning a piece of property, we typically only think about the object itself – the shiny new car, the beautiful mansion, the expensive diamond bracelet – instead of the rights that exist between that piece of property and its owner. In real property law, these rights are often described as a “bundle of sticks.” Each “stick” in the bundle represents a different right belonging to the property owner.

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Raven Bruno
Business Entity Choices in Texas

While the word Corporation or Company often conjures images of huge multi-national empires that employ hundreds or thousands of people, a vast majority of businesses in Texas and the United States are small “Mom & Pop” or “Family” businesses. Even for these small businesses, however, choosing the appropriate entity type can have far reaching consequences for the liability of the business owners as to business contracts, tort liability, and taxes.  Accordingly, when starting your own small business one of the most important questions you can ask is, ‘What entity choice is best for me?’.

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Joshua Behnke