Texas Small-Firm Practice Tools

Over 560 forms for 16 practice areas, with step-by-step procedures, voice-of-experience tips, answers to common questions, mistakes to avoid, tax considerations, and practice checklists.

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REVISION 13 HIGHLIGHTS

This 13th Edition of Texas Small-Firm Practice  Tools  brings  you  expanded  coverage  of  the  laws  and procedures governing a broad range of practice specialties: consumer protection/fair trade practices; employment law; small-business formation and operation; estate planning and administration; guardianships; and DWI and misdemeanor defense. The highlights include new and updated text on issues related to:

Civil Litigation

  • Attorney’s ethical duty of technology competence
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy duties to clients
  • Proving up attorney’s fees

Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Practices

  • Tips for clients if a credit card is stolen, including how to initiate a credit
  • New Form: Social Security Confidentiality Letter

Employer/Employee Relations

  • Vicarious liability for conduct of employees traveling to/from work
  • Circumstances under which a property owner be liable  for  injury to a contractor or its employee

Organizing and Operating a Small Business

  • Where to file an assumed name certificate
  • Why every business must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and how to do so

Estate Planning

  • Specific language required to ensure survivorship of a joint account upon the death of one party
  • Viability of a claim for interference with inheritance

Estate Administration

  • Law governing community property when a person dies without a will and is survived by a spouse and descendants Guardianship
  • Impact of the OCA electronic database of personal injury or wrongful death settlement agreements for which an incapacitated minor is the beneficiary
  • Preferred terms and phrases for new and revised disability-related laws to ensure that the language of the statute places the person before the disability

DWI Defense

  • Detention in a sobering center in lieu of arrest
  • Warrantless blood tests
  • Availability of deferred adjudication community supervision for first-time offenders

Misdemeanor Defense

  • Legal hemp and marijuana: misdemeanor violations; scope of medical exceptions
  • Requesting a hearing to establish whether fines and costs impose an undue hardship
  • A fine-only misdemeanor alleging family violence required defendant to appear in court
  • Indecent assault (groping) is a class A misdemeanor, which does not require sex offender registration

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Table of contents

VOLUME 1
Chapter 1 Civil Litigation
Chapter 2 Car Accident Cases
Chapter 3 Consumer Protection and Fair Trade Practices
Chapter 4 Business Litigation
Chapter 5 Landlord-Tenant Relations
Chapter 6 Employer-Employee Relations
Chapter 7 Credit and Collections
Chapter 8 Organizing and Operating a Small Business
Chapter 9 Buying and Selling a Small Business

VOLUME 2
Chapter 10 Marriage Dissolution
Chapter 11 Estate Planning
Chapter 12 Estate Administration
Chapter 13 Guardianship
Chapter 14 DWI Defense
Chapter 15 Misdemeanor Defense
Chapter 16 Real Estate
Index