Making Lifetime Gifts Free From Gift Tax

Your Will is not the only mechanism for transferring your assets to family members. Often, it makes sense to give family members financial gifts or gifts of property while you are still living. Those gifts may help an adult child … Continue reading

Facing Condemnation with Experience and Tough Negotiating – Part 1

Facing Condemnation with Experience and Tough Negotiating – Part 1

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog, Condemnation | No Comments

  Handling Condemnation with Class, Know-how, and Grit The Allred Condemnation Part I: Northeast of Wichita Falls, Texas lies a 1200-acre ranch, belonging to Dick Allred.  Mr. Allred displays the epitomy of what it means to be a true steward … Continue reading

Highway 249 TX-DOT Project In Grimes and Montgomery Counties

Braun & Gresham has been talking with landowners about a new TxDOT project in Grimes County. The project is already funded with more than $140,000,000, and is being “finalized for construction.” The project will extend SH 249 by approximately 10 … Continue reading

Texas Supreme Court Opinion On Denbury Green Pipeline

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Blog, Client Services, Condemnation, News | No Comments

On January 6, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion that will make it easier for private pipeline companies to condemn private land for their own purposes and not necessarily for the public good. Some highlights of this long-fought … Continue reading

Testamentary Trust

Preparing your estate plan, in particular a will or revocable living trust, allows you to give what you own, to whom you want, in the way you want them to receive it. Planning for the possibility of dying when your … Continue reading

The Benefits of Plateau Land Use Plans

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Blog, News & Events, Uncategorized | No Comments

By Craig Bowen, Former Account Manager for Plateau Land & Wildlife Management and Managing Partner for Plateau Land Group It is often said the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Plateau subscribes to this belief in the … Continue reading

Rural Relationships – Domestic and Livestock Use of Surface Water

With the amount of rainfall we have had in recent months, many landowners are concerned about Domestic and Livestock use of surface water(“D&L Use”). Though a common practice on rural land, not all landowners understand their rights and obligations in relationship … Continue reading

Texas Statute Offers Limited Liability for Agritourism Activities When Certain Requirements are Met

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Blog, News & Events, Risk Management | No Comments

Agritourism has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Agritourism involves a wide range of activities. Wine tourism, hayrides, Halloween corn mazes and pumpkin farms, pick-your-own fruit farms, and visits to working farms all constitute agritourism. Chapter 75A of the … Continue reading

The Importance Of A Carefully Developed Estate Plan

The most frequent comments I hear are, “We thought about getting our wills done, but we got too busy,” or “We put off getting wills because it was so hard to decide who would be our Executor or guardian for … Continue reading

Establishing Access to Land-Locked Property

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments

The rural landscape of Texas is becoming more and more fragmented as ranches are split up and sold to third parties or divided among family members. One unintended consequence of this fragmentation is that inadvertently land-locked properties are on the … Continue reading