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Understanding Texas Business Contracts: Comprehensive Guide to Key Definitions and Insights

The definition of a business contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties that governs transactions made in a commercial environment. While there isn’t a strict differentiation between “business contracts” and “regular contracts,” the distinction often lies in the purpose, parties involved, and the agreement’s specific terms or considerations. Because business contracts are often subject to...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts in Texas

It is natural to want to protect your hard-earned assets to ensure you and your loved ones can benefit from them for years to come. One way married couples can protect assets is by creating a spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT). These trusts allow one spouse to set aside assets for the benefit of the other spouse. In this...

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A Guide to Texas Non-Disclosure Agreements

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have earned a controversial reputation in recent years, but they are a valuable tool to protect confidential business information. At its core, an NDA is a contract requiring a person not to disclose confidential information. NDAs allow businesses to hire talented employees and build interest in their operations without risking financial harm.  If you need help...

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Understanding Non-Compete Agreements in Texas

When you start a new job or leave an old one, you may be presented with a non-compete agreement. What are non-compete agreements? Non-compete agreements are contracts between employers and employees that restrict an employee’s ability to work for a competitor or start a competing business for a certain period of time after leaving their current job. In Texas,...

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How to Dissolve an LLC in Texas

A good entrepreneur knows not only when to jump into a new business venture, but when to shut one down. A business owner might want to end things to pursue new opportunities or avoid legal and financial woes. Whatever the reason, owners of limited liability companies (LLCs) need to follow certain protocols before they can officially and properly dissolve...

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How to Revoke a Power of Attorney in Texas

A power of attorney is a legal document that grants decision-making authority to someone (the agent) on behalf of another person (the principal). Depending on the terms of the document, the agent has the ability to access information and accounts and make life-altering decisions for the principal. Unfortunately, there are situations when the agent fails to use their power...

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How to Check Business Name Availability in Texas

One of the first steps in opening a new business is giving it a name. You will want to choose a catchy, recognizable name that distinguishes your company from the competition. In Texas, the name must also be unique. Fortunately, it is easy to quickly check if your new business’s name is available in Texas. If you have questions,...

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Demystifying the Corporate Transparency Act in Texas

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) takes effect on January 1, 2024. Within a year from that date, existing businesses will have to file either That’s a lot of acronyms. More simply, the CTA aims to combat illegal activities like money laundering by augmenting business transparency. Specifically, the CTA requires businesses to identify their true owners.  The attorneys at Massingill know how...

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5 Clever Ways to Find the Best Probate Lawyer Near Me

Few people imagine they’ll ever need a probate attorney. However, the need for adequate representation throughout the probate process becomes obvious right after a loved one passes on. There are many reasons for this. First, probate is a long and complicated process. This fact is especially true now as probate cases have surged since 2020. Second, probate proceedings tend to...

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What Does the Corporate Transparency Act Mean for Small Business Owners in Texas?

In 2021, the federal government passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2024. The CTA requires many small businesses to file Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI). Although filing BOI does not involve extensive information, determining who and what to file is complicated. If you are a small business owner in Texas, contact Massingill to learn more about the...

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