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

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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog, Condemnation | No Comments

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

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