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Explained: Writs of Garnishment v. Writs of Execution

You've won a judgment. Now, how do you collect on it? Texas offers two significant forms of collection for parties who've won a judgment (i.e. judgment creditor) in Court: a Writ of Garnishment and a Writ of Execution. Learn the difference in these and the circumstances for when each should be used.

Tips for Contractors: How to Keep Homeowners Happy Post-Harvey

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has sent the construction industry in affected counties into a tailspin as construction professionals struggle to keep up with demand. Unfortunately, as builders and contractors attempt to regain equilibrium, many may find themselves dealing with major disputes with homeowners for the first time. Although the construction industry, as a whole, has rallied around our communities to assist many homeowners in times of great need, disputes will inevitably arise. We have kept track of many common causes of issues that arise and propose a few best practices contractors should consider, not just in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but in general. As always, we recommend that you consult with an experienced construction attorney prior to implementing new procedures.

Filing a Bond Claim: Public vs. Privately-Owned Property Rules

Filing a claim against a bond may offer a subcontractor protection against both privately and publicly incurred debts. However, there are different rules for filing a bond claim on public property versus privately-owned property.

GOOD BUSINESS: Limiting Your Personal Liability

One of the best tools to limit or avoid personal liability associated with running your business in Texas is to set up a corporation, limited liability company, or a similar entity. However, many business owners set up their business entity, open a bank account, and go about their "business as usual" without timely filing the required business franchise tax reports with the State of Texas.

Filing a Lien & Getting the Property Description Right

When you file a lien on a property, Texas Property Code 53.054 requires you to include "a description legally sufficient for identification, of the property sought to be charged with the lien." But what does "legally sufficient for identification" really mean?

What is a General Retainer Agreement and How Can it Benefit You

At The Cromeens Law Firm, PLLC, (TCLF) we pride ourselves on delivering the highest level of representation and customer service at all times to our clients, and your satisfaction with our services is very important to us.

Where There is a Will, There is a Way

It's that time of year again. While December of each year is a festive time across the country, it is also a time to complete the items on your to-do list that often times go on the back burner. Planning for the passing of your estate or end-of-life decisions to those you love should not be viewed as unpleasant, but rather as peaceful. Peace of mind is important for both the will creator and recipient.

The Five W's of Mechanic's Lien Filing That Everyone Should Know

If you get to a point in a project where a party hasn't paid for labor or services, you may be able to file a Mechanic's Lien against the property. The rules can be tricky, but you can find the basics here.

After the Flood - Legal Issues for Homeowners and Builders to Consider

In the days following Hurricane Harvey, news agencies reported only about 80 percent of homeowners in the affected areas were covered by flood insurance.[1] As a result, uninsured flooded homeowners have sought other options to repair and replace their damaged property. In an effort to find alternative forms of compensation, some homeowners have attempted to direct their complaints at their builders, subdivision developers, municipalities, and state and federal authorities. This articles summarizes the recent legal actions considered by flooded homeowners, and information that homeowners and their builders should consider going forward.

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