The Allen Firm Knowledge Base

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

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...

Appealing a FEMA Denial: Where Do You Start?

After a disaster, many things start happening all at the same time. However, after a disaster survivors have often lost most of their worldly possessions and paperwork to help prove who they are and what they own. The lack of documentation frequently leads...

The Disaster Comes Knocking: Landlord & Tenants After Disasters

After a disaster, there are a lot of things going through your mind. When you're renting a home or apartment, one of those is trying to figure out what you're going to do now and how you're going to get the landlord to fix everything. From the landlord's...

What You Need for an Insurance Claim

After a disaster or any major storm, people often need to file a claim with their insurance company. These claims can be for damage to a homes, belongings, or vehicles.