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Statutory Conversions: How to Change Business Entity Type

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

So you formed your limited partnership or close corporation and your business has flourished. You have employees, an established customer base, perhaps even room to franchise out. But your current business entity is limited and inefficient for business expansion. Perhaps you would benefit from a different tax structure or more legal protection. Or maybe… Read More »

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How to Get Out of a Franchise Agreement

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

Entering into a franchise agreement is an exciting venture. You have the opportunity to run a business without having to build it from the ground up, getting the benefit of an established client base, marketing, operational organization, and goodwill of the customer base. Unfortunately, even successful business models do not always work in all… Read More »

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How to Reduce Your Risk in Financing as a Homeowner

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

Buying a home is one of the most exciting, and anxiety-inducing, moments of many people’s lives. For most people in the U.S., it is the largest single investment they have made up to that point. As exhilarating as buying a house can be, it is important to be prudent as well as wary. The… Read More »

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How Should a Company Deal With a Whistleblower?

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

In the past few years, the incidence of government investigations arising in response to whistleblower complaints has risen exponentially. Americans have less tolerance for white-collar crimes, perceived or real, and government agencies have responded with fervor. The investigations, if they uncover verifiable illegal or inappropriate conduct, can lead to severe reputational damage, millions of… Read More »

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LLC v. Corp: Pros & Cons

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

When you are starting a business, choosing the right type of entity is one of the most important decisions to make. Different types of entities provide different tax benefits and burdens, are subject to different regulatory requirements, and offer different levels of protection from personal liability for principals of the company. Below we discuss… Read More »

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Where to File a Boundary Dispute in Texas

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

Homeowners and other real estate owners often find themselves disputing the borders of their property. If your neighbor installs a fence, plants a tree, or expands their house or other property, you need to ensure that their physical property does not encroach into property that you rightfully own. Read on to learn how and… Read More »

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Bury Me with My Golden Arm: The Power of Last Wishes

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

A new streaming service just entered the streaming fray, offering drama, comedy, reality, and other shows that are around 10 minutes each. One of their shows is about a woman whose injured arm is replaced with a golden prosthetic arm. She loves her golden arm, and although the arm is poisoning her, she refuses… Read More »

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Legal Aspects to Consider for Franchising

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

As your business grows, you may be thinking of a variety of options for expansion. Restaurants, retailers, and other consumer-facing stores might consider franchising as an opportunity to significantly expand a business’s sphere of influence and customer base. Below, we offer some legal considerations for Houston businesses considering franchising. Reach out to a Houston… Read More »

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Legal Tips for Houston Businesses

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

Running a startup or small enterprise is an exciting prospect, but the business side of things can quickly become tedious and overwhelming. It is important not to let the business and financial aspects take away from the joy and control you feel running your own business the way you see fit. Below, we provide… Read More »

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Can a Texas POA Delegate Authority?

By Stephens | Domnitz | Meineke PLLC |

Establishing a durable power of attorney can be a useful and important tool in planning your estate to make sure your wishes are carried out even if you become incapacitated. A parent can give their child a power of attorney (POA), for example, in the event that the parent is unable to make decisions… Read More »

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