The Allen Firm Knowledge Base

Our blog section that highlights some of our most asked questions.

Tenants’ Questions Answered!

Answers to Common Questions Regarding Landlords and Tenants Question: Does my Landlord have to repair damage to my property? If so, what procedures do I need to follow to request repairs? Also, I sent my Landlord a request for a repair but nothing has been...

Landlords’ Questions Answered!

Answers to Common Questions Regarding Landlords and Tenants   Question: When do I have to make repairs to the house?  What type of repairs do I have to make? Answer: The landlord (that’s you!), has a duty to make repairs that affect the tenant’s physical...

Transfer on Death Deeds

When a person has a will, that person’s property will pass through probate upon his/her death. There are certain estate planning tools, however, which allow individuals to bypass the probate process. The transfer on death deed is one such tool. A transfer...

Trustee Delegation of Powers

In selecting a trustee, a settlor normally chooses someone who will administer the trust with sound judgment and faithfulness to the settlor’s vision for the future. It is common, nonetheless, for a trustee to find himself asking—can a trustee delegate...

Common Agricultural Liens in Texas

A lien is a legal arrangement between a debtor and a creditor. It gives the creditor—a person who is owed money—the right to hold onto the debtor's property until the debtor has paid his or her debt. Below, you will find brief descriptions of...

How hard conversations now, could avoid a competency dispute.

There are a number of factors which could lead to disputes about a will in a family. Unfortunately, there is a growing trend toward claiming a dominant family member is incompetent, and the beneficiaries need access to those funds or that power now. Three...

Federal Tax Liens Against Real Estate

Generally: Federal Tax Liens A federal tax lien is a legal claim against all current and future property, including but not limited to real estate, automobiles, wages, and bank accounts. 26 U.S.C. § 6321,...

4 Estate Planning Tips for Unmarried Couples

Around 44 percent of U.S. households are comprised of unmarried couples. Unfortunately, the law does not provide for your partner upon death like it would if you were married. That means that anything you’d leave behind would go to any children you may...

I’m buying property, do I need a survey?

According to the Texas Property Code, there is only a certain amount of information the seller must give the buyer when selling a piece of real estate. Depending on your contract, the seller may only have to give a list of items, which can be found in the...

Buying on the Courthouse Steps: How a Prior Owner Can Redeem

Buying real property - land or house - at a Sheriff's sale or a tax sale typically means standing on the courthouse steps on the first Tuesday of the month. Sales typically take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and are posted in the location for...