Business Succession Planning: Are You Prepared?

While sitting at your desk, you look around the office. You enjoy the sight of what you have created. That moment when you realize you have built this business from the ground up and succeeded. Life is good. But as … Continue reading

Condemnation for the US-Mexico Border Wall

Condemnation for the US-Mexico Border Wall Texans on the southern border have begun receiving letters from the Department of Homeland Security. These letters contain a 21-page document called a “Declaration of Taking” informing the landowner receiving it that his or … Continue reading

Funding Trusts: Is There Fuel in the Car?

A coherent strategy for the transfer of assets is, of course, crucial to the success of any estate plan. But our best-laid plans will fall far short of expectations if the trusts we’ve so carefully drafted are never properly funded. … Continue reading

Questions to Ask When Purchasing Rural Property

Ask Questions When Purchasing Rural Land: When you are buying a property with an open space valuation (i.e. agricultural, timber, wildlife or Ecolab) there are important questions to ask the seller. Many buyers and their agents treat the open space … Continue reading

730-Mile EPIC Pipeline to Connect Permian Basin to Corpus Christi

EPIC Pipeline Three companies have entered into a joint venture to build the EPIC pipeline; a 730-mile crude oil and condensate pipeline that will link the oil fields of the Permian Basin in West Texas to refineries and marine terminals … Continue reading

Bills Seek to Increase the Rights of Texas Landowners Facing Condemnation

Several bills have been filed by Senator Lois Kolkhorst this Legislative session that seek to increase the rights of Texas landowners facing condemnation. Three of these bills are Senate Bill 740, Senate Bill 741, and Senate Bill 742. Senate Bill … Continue reading

Facing Condemnation with Experience and Tough Negotiating – Part 2

Handling Condemnation with Class, Know-how, and Grit The Allred Condemnation Part II: If you missed The Allred Condemnation Part I, you can read it here. Mr. Allred was impressed with Patrick’s negotiating ability — he was firm with his position, yet … Continue reading

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