A preliminary overview of handwritten wills (holographic wills). Find out if a handwritten will is valid in your state and if so, learn what is required for it to be valid under the law.
Guide for small business owners seeking to write an employee handbook. Discusses the topics which should be addressed and provides useful resources for writing a comprehensive employee handbook.
Hiring an attorney for even the smallest of tasks can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. There are many factors to consider, but experience and cost are the most important. Hiring a lawyer basically involves a three-step process: find prospective lawyers, attend initial consultations, and...
Hotel soap recycling eliminates a large amount waste and helps saves the lives of millions of impoverished people who often die simply because they could not afford, or did not have access to, the basic hygiene products that we all take for granted. As of 2012, the two most well-known recycling...
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is one of the most important and controversial Supreme Court cases in recent history. The case was decided back in 2010, but it resurfaced again during recent election coverage. Pundits and news anchors regularly mentioned the case when discussing...
Property owners and managers are responsible for ensuring that commercial buildings on their property meet state, city, and local rules regarding building compliance. Building compliance laws generally address fire safety, handicap accessibility,
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) is a federal law that protects the employment rights of past, present, and future servicemembers. Specifically, the law protects veterans, current memebers, applicants, and trainees by establishing a right of...
There are many federal laws that protect the legal rights of our servicemembers. One such law is the SCRA of 2003. This law postpones and/or modifies certain civil obligations while a servicemember is on active duty. The law provides protection in civil matters such as mortgages, residential...
As the parent or guardian of a child under age 17, it is your responsibility to know the specific attendance requirements for your child. Familiarizing yourself with this information before the issue arises will avoid truancy charges and ensure that your child does not have excessive absences on...
A cheapie's guide to going green. Learn what you can do at to home to conserve energy and water. Tips on how to use less water, electricity, and natural gas. Lower your utility bill by getting a water heater insulator, low-flow showerheads, and motion sensor lighting.
This is a letter to all the "undecided" voters out there.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Texas you may be eligible to participate in one of the many rehabilitation programs offered by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Learn which programs are available and find out if you qualify.
Tips for commercial property managers and property owners about collecting rent. Learn how to invoice tenants, track rent payments, and collect late payments.
Tips for commercial property managers and owners about how to deal with tenant repair requests, property maintenance, and rent collection. Learn who is responsible for repairs, how to deal with past due payments, and notifying a tenant about eviction.
Overview of how to market commercial properties to find tenants and buyers. Explains what owners and managers of commercial properties must do with signage, parking, security, and landscaping to attract tenants and buyers.
Explains what is involved in managing and owning a commercial investment property. Describes the key issues that owners and managers of commercial properties will have to deal with including marketing, customer service, collections, lease negotiations, building compliance, repairs/maintenance, and...
Tips on how to avoid home repair scams. Learn what you can do to avoid repair scams dealing with leaky roofs, plumbing, mold, chimney sweeps, and termites.
Explains the difference between misdemeanors and felonies. Provides information about how crimes are classified in Texas. Discusses punishment, imprisonment, and fines.
Information for crime victims in Texas. Provides an overview of the free resources available to Texas crime victims from TYLA, State Bar of Texas, and the Texas attorney general. Free legal information and help for crime victims.
How to respond to a subpoena from a Texas criminal court. Discusses the duty to respond to a subpoena and the consequences for failing to respond. Explains how contest a subpoena.
Explains what to do when you get a Texas civil subpoena. Discusses what a subpoena is, the duty to respond to a subpoena, and how to respond to a subpoena.
Overview of the Texas Legal Protection Plan. Describes plan benefits and explains application procedure. Plan covers the cost of legal representation.
Explains the best places to find information about Texas CPS cases. DFPS, TYLA, and the State Bar of Texas provide the public with free resources about what to expect in a CPS case.
Information for Texas citizens and law enforcement and about how Texas officers should respond to non-criminal emergency calls. Covers civil emergency calls that deal with eviction, custody, repossession, consumer complaints, mental illness, animal control, and restraining orders.
Explains how small business owners can handle bad reviews, comments, and ratings found on the internet and on social media sites. Discusses the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and defamation.
Overview of how information on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be used as evidence in court. Summary of recent court cases where social media was used as evidence in court.
Overview and links to a free video and lesson plan for educators to use when teaching teaches teens about the physical and legal consequences of underage binge drinking. The project is called The Unconscious Truth and was created by TYLA.
Overview of juvenile offender programs in Texas. Explains how a juvenile can be granted deferred prosecution for a criminal offense to avoid conviction.
Overview of the Texas Juvenile system. Describes the difference between juvenile law and adult criminal law.
Overview of the Texas Small Claims Court. Learn how to file a small claims suit in Texas.
Overview of the the different types of foreclosures in Texas. Step-by-step guide to the Texas foreclosure process.
Overview of Texas expungement and orders of nondisclosure. Learn how to remove an arrest, charge, or conviction from your criminal record.
Learn how to get free or reduced cost legal services in Texas. Overview of the best nonprofit legal service providers in Texas. Apply to get free legal representation.
Ideas, lesson plans, and curriculum to teach high school students about voting and elections.
Overview of the Texas court system. Explains the kinds of cases Texas courts decide at the local, county, and state level.
List of amusing lawyer jokes and quotes. Contains lawyer jokes from famous people, celebrities, and comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld.
Explains the legal requirements for adverse possession, also known as squatter rights.
Overview of Texas will requirements. Summary of Texas probate law and cases dealing with will formation and execution. Explains how to write your own will in Texas.
Overview of the security devices a Texas landlord must provide its tenants. Discusses Texas law as it relates to security devices required by law and devices which the tenant requests.
Overview of the Texas landlord's lien. Summary of Texas law dealing with a landlord's right to seize the non-exempt property of a tenant for delinquent rent.
Overview of current Texas property tax exemptions. Summarizes Texas law as it relates to property tax exemptions on nonresidential property. Covers religious organizations, schools, historic sites, charitable organizations, and youth development organizations.
Overview of a Texas tenants' right to a refund of their lease security deposit. Summary of the requirements tenant must meet to get a security deposit refund.
Summary of Texas tenant rights during change of ownership and foreclosure. Overview of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.
Overview of the Texas landlord's duty to make repairs and exceptions to the obligation.
Summary of Texas law dealing with the disconnection of tenant utilities by a landlord. Explains procedure for restoring disconnected utilities and remedies available to the tenant.
Overview of recent pro-animal laws passed in Texas. Summary of animal law achievements dealing with animal cruelty, animal abuse, dog fighting, cock fighting, and puppy mills.
Overview of Texas animal cruelty laws. List of animal cruelty felonies and misdemeanors.
Overview of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Describes the program's goals and explains how the federal grants are distributed to the states and local governments.
Overview of managerial practices which employers can use to avoid claims of age discrimination in the workplace.
Summary of reasons why age discrimination claims are increasing. Discusses an aging workforce, the economic recession, and workplace stereotypes.
Overview of Texas dog fighting law. Lists all Class A misdemeanors and felonies related to dog fighting.
Overview of the Texas Commercial Dog and Cat Breeders Act. Lists minimum standards and licensing requirements.