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Oct Oct 19, 2017

Easements in Real Estate Law

By | 2017-10-16T16:45:04+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Real Estate Law|0 Comments

In terms of real estate law concepts, easements is a topic that is difficult to find a consensus. To some, easements in real estate law are harmless items that can be ignored. To others, they are a fatal encumbrance on a piece of property, restricting its use and diminishing its value. While both opinions may be true depending on the circumstances, the fact is that easements generally fall somewhere in between those two extremes. To [...]

Oct Oct 17, 2017

OSHA Inspections: Construction Law

By | 2017-10-16T16:14:28+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Construction Law|0 Comments

As a contractor in the construction industry, OSHA inspections are a necessary evil. Imagine that an OSHA inspector just completed an inspection of your worksite. What steps should you take now? Allow our construction law team at Woodall Batchelor PLLC to walk you through the necessary steps. OSHA Inspections: How to handle these? First and foremost, you should always try to comply with posting regulations. Post a copy of the citation at or near the [...]

Aug Aug 30, 2017

Trademarks for Your Company: Business Law

By | 2017-08-30T10:29:07+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Business Law|Comments Off on Trademarks for Your Company: Business Law

At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, our business law attorneys can provide you with insight into how best to protect your company’s intellectual property. Today, intellectual property is often among the most valuable property that a company owns. It is vital that you understand the different kinds of protections that are available. It's also important that you follow the appropriate process for securing protection of your intellectual property as soon as you begin operations. In particular, [...]

Aug Aug 22, 2017

Subrogation: Most Common Mistakes

By | 2017-08-22T08:58:27+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Insurance Law & Subrogation|Comments Off on Subrogation: Most Common Mistakes

Subrogation is the necessary evil of recovering as much of our insureds’ claim dollars as possible in order to help hold down insurance premiums and soften the blow a claim event might otherwise have on them. No industry is perfect, and insurance is no exception. Years of subrogation litigation experience has distilled a few of the most common mistakes that we see clients continuing to make when it comes to recognizing and acting on [...]

Aug Aug 16, 2017

Oil and Gas Law: Lease Bonus and Royalty Payments

By | 2017-08-16T12:49:00+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Oil Gas & Energy Law|Comments Off on Oil and Gas Law: Lease Bonus and Royalty Payments

If you own oil and gas rights under a tract of land, you may receive an offer from someone wishing to lease those rights. This offer will often come from a company who is interested in drilling for oil or natural gas. This party is called the Lessee. In your lease offer, you will see several different numbers. Two of these numbers are the "bonus" and the "royalty." Our oil and gas law attorneys [...]

Aug Aug 10, 2017

Ethics Policies: Labor & Employment Law

By | 2017-08-10T09:44:48+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Labor & Employment Law|Comments Off on Ethics Policies: Labor & Employment Law

As business owners, you spend a substantial amount of time and resources selecting your employees; and you trust that your investment has generated an honest, hard-working group of people. So, who needs a policy on ethics? Your employees know right from wrong, don’t they? Ethics policies are more than sandbox rules known to every employee. Like a wellness program, an ethics program is a way of life that should be embodied in the operation [...]

Aug Aug 3, 2017

Real Estate Law: Purchasing Property in Texas

By | 2017-08-03T08:48:36+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Real Estate Law|Comments Off on Real Estate Law: Purchasing Property in Texas

At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, we understand that the conventional wisdom you commonly hear is that real property is a solid investment—after all, they aren’t making any more of it, and it’s often billed as “one of a kind.” Of course, just because the wisdom is conventional doesn’t mean it’s always correct. In actuality, there are a multitude of considerations that potential real property purchasers should take into account, and a careful review of these [...]

Jul Jul 27, 2017

Mechanic’s Liens: Preserving Your Rights

By | 2017-07-27T16:05:38+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Construction Law|Comments Off on Mechanic’s Liens: Preserving Your Rights

At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, we understand that the ability to enforce mechanic’s liens rights depends on careful consideration before, during, and after construction. Here are a few of our best suggestions for preserving mechanic's liens rights. Draft mechanic's liens with precision Judges are instructed to carefully review mechanic’s liens and invalidate certain inaccurate liens.  Ensure you have an accurate and precise description of the owner, contractor, property, type of work, licensure information, affidavit and [...]

Jul Jul 20, 2017

M&A Process: Selling Your Business

By | 2017-07-20T09:06:32+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Business Law|Comments Off on M&A Process: Selling Your Business

Most entrepreneurs and business owners understand that a primary goal for many, if not most, startups and tech companies is to eventually sell the company, even if the founders intend to remain with the company. It goes without saying that selling your company can result in an enormous payday and provide continued vitality for the company going forward. That said, it’s critical that owners/entrepreneurs comply with legal requirements and protect their legal interests throughout [...]

Jul Jul 13, 2017

Vacancy and Occupancy Clauses in Property Insurance

By | 2017-07-13T14:47:58+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Insurance Law & Subrogation, Real Estate Law|Comments Off on Vacancy and Occupancy Clauses in Property Insurance

At Woodall Batchelor PLLC, we work with many commercial property owners whose renter's insurance policies have a provision that excludes all coverage if a building is vacant for a certain amount of time. Unfortunately, many of those same policies fail to define “vacant” or ‘vacancy.” So what does that lead to? If you guessed litigation, you’re absolutely right. Let's review some of the key terms in vacancy and occupancy clauses in property insurance. The vacancy and [...]