The Importance of Owner’s Title Insurance

The Importance of Owner's Title Insurance

Owner’s Title Insurance (Form T-1 for commercial property and undeveloped land; Form T-1R for most residential property) is the most essential aspect of real estate ownership; it protects owners against loss due to title defects (see “Covered Risks” in paragraph immediately below), liens, claims of ownership by other parties, and losses from problems that arose…

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…

BEN DE LEON AND GEORGE WARD SELECTED AS SUPER LAWYERS – RISING STARS 2016

BEN DE LEON AND GEORGE WARD SELECTED AS SUPER LAWYERS - RISING STARS 2016

De Leon & Washburn, P.C. is proud to announce that attorneys Ben De Leon and George Ward have been selected as Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for 2016*. This is Ben’s sixth designation as a Rising Star, and George has received the award for five consecutive years. Ben continues to represent clients in matters involving…

Ben De Leon Honored in 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Ben De Leon Honored in 2016 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 2016 Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Insurance Law. Ben is honored to receive this designation by his peers for the second year in a row, and…

Hector De Leon Honored in 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Hector De Leon Honored in 2016 Best Lawyers in America

We are proud to announce that our founder and colleague, Mr. Hector De Leon, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Insurance Law.  Mr. De Leon is proud to receive this honor from his peers once again, and he looks forward to continuing…

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…

Ben De Leon and George Ward Selected as Super Lawyers – Rising Stars

Ben De Leon and George Ward Selected as Super Lawyers - Rising Stars

De Leon & Washburn, P.C. is proud to announce that attorneys Ben De Leon and George Ward have been selected as Super Lawyers* – Rising Stars for 2015. This is Ben’s fifth straight designation as a Rising Star, and George has received the award for four consecutive years. Ben continues to represent a wide range of clients…