Speeding and Crashes

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People don't think of speeding as being the cause or a contributing factor in motor vehicle collisions because it's so common. We all catch ourselves speeding at one time or another, but speeding can be deadly. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, speeding contributes to about 33 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the less reaction time is available. There's also the increased energy thrust on the human body at high speeds. The likelihood of serious injury increases exponentially the faster we travel. In 1995, congress repealed the … [Read more...]

Do I Need an Attorney for a Texas Divorce?

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Every Texas county has its own process for people to get divorced without an attorney.  For somebody in a short marriage with no children, no real estate and no investments, the process might operate in their best interests and save them some money.  For somebody in a longer marriage with children, jobs and investments, the benefits of having an attorney more than pay for themselves. Texas is a community property state.  Any income earned or acquired by either party during the course of the marriage is community property and equally owned.  That's a legal presumption.  Separate property is … [Read more...]

What are the Elements of a Texas Warranty Deed and What are the Warranties?

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When Springer & Lyle represents a party to a real estate transaction, a deed passes between the buyer and seller.  The deed is a signed legal writing that's used to transfer and memorialize ownership or an interest in real estate from the owner to a new owner.  These parties are ordinarily called the grantor and grantee.  To be operative, a deed must comply with certain legal elements.  First, the deed must be in writing, and the grantor must be over the age of 18 and have legal capacity.  Grantee must be in a legal position to receive the deed and accept it.  Both the buyer, seller and … [Read more...]

I Have Been In An Accident, Now What?

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Being involved in a car accident or truck accident can be a very traumatic experience especially if the accident was not your fault.  If you have been involved in an accident and you been injured, it is common to have questions regarding the legal course of action. Springer & Lyle is available to answer your questions, such as who pays for the damages and who will be responsible for the medical bills.   It is a good idea to understand some of your basic rights in case an accident happens.  Here are some helpful tips: What is Personal Injury? if the injury was caused by the negligence, … [Read more...]

What is a Contested Will?

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The validity of a will may be called into question by making a formal objection to it. The larger an estate is, the larger the chance that an objection might be made. A person can't just generally object to a will that's being offered for admission into probate though. By retaining Springer & Lyle to draft and assist you in executing your will, you're drastically reducing the chances that somebody will contest it. Anybody interested person can object to a will, but their objection must have a specific basis that's recognized by Texas law. Only a very small minority of contests are … [Read more...]

What’s an Easement in Texas Real Estate Law?

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If you're closing on property in the North Texas area, a real estate attorney from Springer & Lyle can assist you in reviewing the title commitment, title documents, survey, and deed to determine what easements and other interests affect your property. If there are easements, you'll need to know something about your rights and obligations relative to those easements. An easement constitutes a right to use part or all of the real estate belonging to someone else. There are various types of easements. Almost all easements are affirmative in that they permit somebody else to use the owner's … [Read more...]

What is a Valid Last Will and Testament in Texas?

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If a Will is going to be probated in Texas, it's required to be in writing. It's also required to comply with certain statutory requirements. If it fails to satisfy those requirements, a court could refuse to admit the Will to probate or only admit portions of the Will. That's why an experienced attorney from Springer & Lyle is critical for drafting your Will. You want it to meet all legal requirements of Texas probate law so that it's a valid testamentary instrument, and you also want your final intentions to be clearly expressed. A person making and executing a Will is required to have … [Read more...]

What’s Title Insurance and Why Are We Required to Have It?

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Title insurance operates to protect a person's loss of their interest in real estate because of defects in the title. So what is a defect in a title? It is a problem with title to your property that could be caused by a lien, mortgage or judgment. It can also be an adverse claim of record like a boundary line dispute or adverse possession. These defects could prevent you from buyer, selling or refinancing your property. Whatever the circumstances of a real property transaction, you want an experienced real estate attorney from Springer & Lyle to protect your interests in the deal. When … [Read more...]

What are the Five Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?  

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No matter how it occurs, the consequences of a spinal cord injury can be overwhelming for a victim and their family. The medical costs alone over the course of a lifetime are gigantic. Springer & Lyle is a premier Texas catastrophic injury law firm. If you or somebody close to you suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of the negligence of somebody else, you'll want to talk to us about maximizing compensation. Your spinal cord is an assortment of nerves encased in the spinal column. It connects just about every part of your body with your brain. Because the spinal cord controls … [Read more...]

What Do I Ask An Attorney Before Hiring One In My Injury Case?

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If you're searching for a personal injury attorney to represent you, you'll be confounded by the multitude of lawyers purporting to be experts in the field of personal injury law. When selecting an accident attorney, don't be afraid to ask these questions, and beware if any answer you receive isn't satisfactory: HOW MANY CASES LIKE MINE HAVE YOU HANDLED? You want an attorney that concentrates their practice in personal injury. The laws and processes involved in injury cases are always changing. You want quality representation from an attorney that's fully familiar and fluent with the … [Read more...]