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Dealing With an EEOC Charge of Discrimination

If you have received a notice that an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Charge of Discrimination has been filed against your company by either a current or former employee, the following are tips on dealing with a Charge of Discrimination.

Everything You Need to Know About 85(R) HB 3065

Construction industry professionals may or may not be aware that there is currently a bill pending in committee in the Texas House of Representatives that would completely overhaul the mechanic's and materialman's lien process in Texas. Those who are aware may be asking themselves and their colleagues whether they should give this bill their support. Read on for an in-depth summary of the most sweeping changes proposed by HB 3065 and how those changes could affect the lien process and rights of contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers.

Tips On Improving Your Attorney-Client Relationship

As in most relationships, it's a two-way street. Without effective communication and mutual respect, most relationships will fail. The same is true when it comes to your relationship with your attorney. Your attorney-client relationship is an important partnership, which seeks to maximize the outcome in your favor.

Collecting a Judgment in Texas

Texas law provides different methods to collect on a court judgment regardless of whether the judgment originates from the state of Texas or another state. When a person or entity recovers money damages in a court, it will primarily be in the form of a judgment. A judgment is merely a piece of paper that declares a person or an entity owes another person or entity money. In order to collect on that piece of paper, consider the following methods and rules:

What To Do When Your Newly Built Home Has Defects

The task of building or majorly renovating your dream home comes with both rewards and headaches. A common headache is seeing your home built with defective design and construction issues that your contractor refuses to fix.

5 Questions to Help You Understand the Basics of Mechanic's Liens

Mechanic's liens exist to protect the rights of construction professionals and to help ensure they are properly compensated for work or materials they have provided. While the purpose liens serve is beneficial, maneuvering through the process in Texas can be complicated and tricky. To get you started with understanding the basics, the construction attorneys at The Cromeens Law Firm, PLLC, answer these five questions: 

Liens on a Homestead

In my experience with residential contractors and subcontractors, I have found that pervasive beliefs of those contractors regarding their ability to file a mechanic's and materialman's lien on residential homestead properties fall into two extreme categories: either they believe it is not an option at all or they believe they can lien the homestead property just like any non-homestead property. Neither of these beliefs are representative of the law on liening homestead property. 

Jury Trials

Generally, civil attorneys work long hours and even weekends, but come December, the entire civil justice system essentially shuts down. That is, all except for our office where we have been asked to show up through Christmas Eve. I bring up the subject only to point out that I am at the office with rare "free" time. Instead of reading dry CLE handouts, I've downloaded a copy of "The Common Law" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. As with any book worth reading, I found it difficult to get through even the first chapter without stopping to ponder the passages I find particularly relevant. In the first lecture of the book, Holmes begins by discussing the origins of law, couched in vengeance and a need to remedy injury inflicted by intentional acts. He points out that while we tend to think of ancient civilizations and their laws as barbaric, it was also unlikely that an individual would be punished for acts that were not intentional or for acts that led to unintended consequences. Vengeance, though now considered base, is generally justifiable:

Call The Cromeens Law Firm, PLLC, To Speak With An Experienced Lawyer

Contact our law firm in Houston to speak with a lawyer who is intimately familiar with the law related to mechanic's liens, collections and contract disputes. Call 713-715-7334 to schedule a free consultation. We accept credit cards, and Spanish translation is available.

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