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What You Need to Know When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been involved in any type of accident that is the result of negligence on the part of another party, you may be entitled to compensation to help you pay for your medical expenses now and in the future, payment for any lost wages you may have experienced, compensation for pain and suffering and other types of compensation for reimbursement for expenses related to the accident. The only way you are really going to be able to get this type of payment is if you seek the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.

Texas REALTORS® stand up for overtaxed property owners in White Deer ISD

The Texas Association of REALTORS® announced its full support of the lawsuit filed today in Carson County, Texas, that seeks to stop White Deer Independent School District from unlawfully collecting property taxes from property owners in the district.
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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to rein in the power of federal administrative agencies and to ensure that unelected bureaucrats don’t have the ability to effectively create laws.

Texas District Court Rules MERS has Constitutional Rights to Notice of Lawsuit

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the Dallas County District Court, 101st Judicial District, issued a final judgment in MERS’ favor recognizing MERS’ right, as beneficiary, to notice of a lawsuit under the United States and Texas Constitutions.

Lawyers’ Committee and Washington Lawyers’ Committee Applaud Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding the Fair Housing...

The national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs applaud today’s decision by the Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project (TDHCA) holding that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Sessions Votes to Unleash America’s Trade Power and Maintain Our Rule of Law

U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement applauding the passage of Trade Promotion Authority

Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Providing Over $4 Billion In Tax Relief For Businesses And...

Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a bill signing ceremony at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX where he ceremonially signed into law HB 32 (D. Bonnen, R-Angleton; Nelson, R-Flower Mound), which will permanently reduce the business franchise tax by 25 percent. Governor Abbott also highlighted several bills that he signed into law to reduce the property tax burden on homeowners, eliminate occupational licensing fees for more than 600,000 Texas professionals, and increase transparency to hold local taxing districts more accountable to voters

Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Straus Announce Tax Relief For Texans

Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus today announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners. The agreement reached by the Lt. Governor and the Speaker on a tax proposal, along with additional legislation, includes

Reps. Brady and Crowley Move to Increase Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Two senior members of the House Ways & Means Committee are continuing their quest to remove a 1980’s era tax provision that discourages foreign investment in U.S. real estate.

Community input matters to TDHCA’s Housing Tax Credit Program

The Housing Tax Credit (“HTC”) Program helps finance the development of attractive, high quality affordable rental housing through partnerships with private developers.

Estate Attorney Predicts Death Tax Will Stay Despite House Vote

On Thursday, April 16, the House voted 240-179 to repeal the federal death tax. In response to Congress, the President has threated to veto the repeal, leading most experts to predict a continuation of the long-standing tax. The death tax will likely stay in place despite its detrimental effect on family businesses and strong opposition from the American public, reports Tax Trends Weekly

GOP Cheers as Repeal of ‘Un-American’ Estate Tax Passes House

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates because "it's a sad day" when heirs face huge financial burdens after someone dies, Rep. Buddy Carter told Newsmax.The House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal the federal tax on estates because "it's a sad day" when heirs face huge financial burdens after someone dies, Rep. Buddy Carter told Newsmax.

Partisan vote in U.S. House would repeal estate tax

The House voted to repeal the 99-year-old U.S. estate tax amid a partisan clash over whether the government should break up concentrated wealth or make it easier to pass along assets to the next generation.

Sessions Applauds House Passage of Bills to Repeal, Reform Parts of Tax Code

Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement on the House’s passage of bills that repeal the death tax and make the tax code more fair and reliable:

Texans Sentenced in East Texas Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy

According to information presented in court, from July 2006 to March 2008, in the Eastern District of Texas and elsewhere, Santens conspired with Irons, Limbrick, Preston, Patterson, and Allen to engage in monetary transactions in criminally-derived property of a value greater than $10,000, which property was derived from wire fraud, that is a scheme to induce lending institutions to fund mortgage loans for residential properties for which the property values had been fraudulently inflated for buyers who had been fraudulently qualified for loans.

San Antonio Attorney Elected Real Estate Center Advisory Committee Chair

San Antonio attorney C. Clark Welder was elected chair of the Real Estate Center's advisory committee last Friday in Austin. Port Lavaca Realtor Russell Cain will succeed Welder as vice chair

Committee Leaders Announce PATH Act to End Taxpayer Bailout and Create Sustainable Housing Finance...

Washington, DC - July 11, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Leaders on the Financial Services Committee today announced the PATH Act – the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act – to create a sustainable housing finance system. The proposal

State Rep. Dwayne Bohac files Major Tax Relief Package for Texas Homeowners and Businesses

Austin, TX - February 28, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (Houston) filed a comprehensive tax relief package aimed at cutting the tax burden on Texas homeowners' and businesses. Bohac's tax relief package includes HB 1943 which limits the amount of a homestead appraisal, HB 1946 which will limit the frequency of homestead reappraisals and HB 1945 and HB 1944 which will set the franchise tax exemptions at $2.5 million and $5 million, respectively

Rep. Van Taylor Files Legislation Increasing Property Rights Protection

AUSTIN - February 21, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Representative Van Taylor filed HB 1496, which will amend state law to include a land owner's mineral rights in the definition of private real property. Current law protects only the property rights of surface owners, this bill expands provisions to any action a municipality may take regarding mineral interests.

Tax Reform: Brady to Lead Bipartisan Working Group on Energy Taxes

Washington, D.C. - February 15, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp of Michigan, today announced the formation of eleven separate Tax Reform Working Groups that will focus on comprehensive tax reform. Republican Congressman Kevin Brady (The Woodlands, TX) was named chairman of the Energy working group.


Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.


Olson Applauds House Action to Revitalize Brownfield Sites

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to help redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties and encourage economic development by voting for H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act. Brownfields are abandoned, closed or under-utilized industrial or commercial properties that may be contaminated because of their prior use. However, these sites often have great potential for redevelopment, if they are cleaned up properly. This bill reauthorizes the EPA Brownfields Program in order to help states and localities get the tools and guidance they need to clean up and redevelop brownfields.