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May 2015 Archives

After 5-year drop-off, startups make a comeback

Startups are a vital part of the economy in Dallas and the country as a whole. In 2009, however, there was a steep decline in the number of new startups in the U.S. Mostly attributed to the Great Recession, which began in 2007, the drop was likely a sign that fewer people were willing to take risks by starting their own business.

Avoiding unenforceable contract provisions - Part I

If you are a business owner or you are contemplating the process of starting your own business, you likely have some familiarity with contracts. As you are likely aware, contracts are meant to be legally binding documents. As a result, it is vitally important that contracts are drafted in specific ways, as certain missteps in the drafting process can render sections or the entirety of contracts unenforceable.

Considering legal issues pertaining to family businesses

Running a family business can be a uniquely rewarding experience. Sharing in the everyday triumphs and challenges of business operations with loved ones can deepen family bonds and create invaluable memories. In addition, it can be comforting to know that you have a shared history with your business partners and associates when your enterprise is “all in the family.”

Dallas' plastic bag ordinance challenged by manufacturers

Large cities across the U.S., including several right here in Texas, are becoming more environmentally conscious and actively implementing measures to reduce the carbon footprints of their residents. Some of these measures include expanded recycling efforts, bike-sharing programs, and rooftop solar panels, to name only a few.

How do courts handle interstate child custody disputes? P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the important issue of interstate child custody litigation, and how Texas courts determine where these disputes are handled. The issue is an important one, given that different states have different approaches to child custody and custody disputes can turn out differently depending on where a couple’s case is handled. As we mentioned, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) provides the primary guidance for courts in these cases.

How do courts handle interstate child custody disputes?

Increased relocation to Texas in recent years has had a number of local effects, from increasing activity in the real estate market to stimulating the economy. According to a recent article in Texas Lawyer, another effect of increased migration to Texas is that there are more cases dealing with the issue of how to handle situations where competing child custody orders are in place.

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