As a general practice lawyer in Texas, I help a lot of people start their own businesses. I also help people protect their businesses by making sure their corporate shields are up, documentation-wise. See, a lot of people start LLCs and corporations by filing a certificate of formation with the Secretary of State and think […]
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I wear a lot of hats. I don’t mean I have lots of responsibilities, I mean I wear. a. lot. of. hats. Three fedoras, two driving caps, two Panamas, two cowboy hats, a couple of baseball caps, one Air Force ORF cap – that’s what happens when you spend too many years in the tropics […]
My dad was my law partner for over 20 years, and one of his favorite (!) trial stories was the client who, in the middle of cross-examination by the opposing attorney, began a response with, “I ain’t even told my lawyer this yet, but…”. I’ve also had the dubious pleasure of having a client say, […]
Sounds silly, doesn’t it? It’s just a staple, after all. What does it matter if you remove it to make a copy? Believe it or not, a number of probate cases have been turned on their heads because somebody took out the staples on an original will, presumably just to make a copy. Why? Because […]
“Here’s a stupid question…” – I hear this too often from my business clients. The Jacobson Law Firm has helped form hundreds of business entities and serves as Registered Agent for many of them. This means that I get to break the bad news when one of those businesses gets sued, but it also means […]
Attention College Students! My daughters are both grown, married and starting their families, but when they left home for college, I sniffled and hugged and made sure they had bank accounts and laptops and cell phones. They knew they could call home anytime (one did, one didn’t), and that if they had a financial issue, […]
Since a lot of my law practice involves estate planning, I prepare a lot of what are called “advance directives” (ADs) – documents that authorize somebody else to make decisions for you if you can’t. The least understood of these ADs is the directive to physicians, or “living will”. A lot of people think that […]
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an epidemic among military members. Its symptoms run the gamut from nervous reactions to loud noise, to complete incapacitation even in the simple activities of everyday life. PTSD can often be treated with medication, therapy, service animals, etc., but sometimes it leads to the ultimate tragedy: a veteran takes […]
As an estate planning and probate lawyer, I occasionally have clients who come in, chat with me and my support staff, fill out an estate planning questionnaire and have me prepare draft documents for them – and then never get around to actually executing the documents. The reasons vary – sometimes a husband and wife […]
I do a lot of business formations at The Jacobson Law Firm, P.C., and serve as general counsel to many companies as well. I have discovered over the course of many years and many clients that one of the things small companies and entrepreneurs are really bad at is documenting their corporate activity – that […]