Before A Home Renovation or Addition, Every Homeowner Should Ask A General Contractor These Things Before Construction Begins

Before A Home Renovation or Addition, Every Homeowner Should Ask A General Contractor These Things Before Construction Begins

Believe it or not, general contractors are not licensed or regulated in the State of Texas.  That’s right: while HVAC technicians, electricians and plumbers are required to maintain licenses, home builders and general contractors are not.  Individuals’ most prized possessions are usually their homes, where they raise their families and feel a sense of security…

The Cost of Legal Services

The Cost of Legal Services

“So how much is this going to cost?” That’s the question I always hear from prospective clients.  It doesn’t matter if they’re large or small businesses, individuals, family offices, or trustees. And it’s a perfectly sensible question that affects the bottom line.  We require a retainer for all matters, which is not an estimate of…

WHAT SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS MEANS TO ME

WHAT SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS MEANS TO ME

When I first started practicing law, I didn’t really know what being of service to our clients really meant. (While my required professional responsibility class at Texas Law School taught me legal ethics—what we lawyers can and cannot do under the Rules of Professional Responsibility— it didn’t teach me the thoughts, actions and reactions of…

Is “Bring Your Own Device” to Work a Good Idea?

Is “Bring Your Own Device” to Work a Good Idea?

Bring your own device, or “BYOD,” is phrase that has been adopted to refer to businesses that allow their employees to bring their personal devices to work, such as their personal computers or tablets, to serve as replacements for laptops or PCs provided by the employer. Rather than using computer hardware that is provided by…

Twin Peaks Incident: Crisp v. McDonald’s Corp. Revisited

Twin Peaks Incident: Crisp v. McDonald's Corp. Revisited

Last year, I wrote a blog post about our firm’s collaborative efforts with the Dallas-based law firm, Standly Hamilton, LLP, in connection with the William Paul Crisp Jr., et al. v. McDonald’s Corp., et al. case in Brazos County, Texas (the “Crisp v. McDonald’s case”). The May 17, 2015 shootout between rival motorcycle gangs at…

What Businesses Should Consider for Insurance Needs

What Businesses Should Consider for Insurance Needs

While insurance is often not the most fun issue to deal with, it plays a role in just about every aspect of owning a business.[1] The following is a list of insurance coverages business owners should consider, depending on their particular circumstances: General Liability Insurance Business owners purchase general liability insurance to cover legal hassles…

Ben De Leon Honored in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Ben De Leon Honored in 2015 Best Lawyers in America

The law firm of De Leon & Washburn, P.C. is proud to announce that firm president Ben De Leon has been selected as one of the 2015 Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law. Ben is honored to receive this designation by his peers, and looks forward to continuing the firm’s legacy…

Business Agreement: Should it be in writing?

Business Agreement: Should it be in writing?

When should you put a business agreement in writing? If you run a small business, you are making deals and agreements all the time. Frequently, the terms of these agreements are not set out in a written contract. In many cases, a verbal agreement works for both parties. However, there are some agreements that should…

Ben De Leon Named to Board of Directors of Volunteer Legal Services

Volunteer Legal Services logo

We are pleased to announce that earlier this month, President and Managing Partner, Ben De Leon was named to the Board of Directors of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS). At De Leon & Washburn, P.C., we look forward to seeing this partnership grow and the Central Texas community fostered by the services of…