Teri A. Walter’s Answers

Teri A. Walter

Houston Litigation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 19
  1. My Grandmother and I are on the Wararnty Deed of the house. She passed away 7yrs ago. Can i rent the house out?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Robert Werner von Dohlen
    3. Kayla Renay Maxey Wimberley
    4. Maria Sara Lowry
    4 lawyer answers

    The real question is who owns the house? The answer depends on the deed, whether your grandmother had a will, and who the other heirs are. I agree that you should clarify the title issue before renting out the house - it will save you lots of potential trouble in the long run. Talk to a probate lawyer, and bring all of the information. There may be a simple answer.

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  2. What can i do if someone set up a social media page and email account using my business name without my knowledge or permission?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Edward James Kazaleh
    3. Daniel Nathan Ballard
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. Robert J Adams Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    I suspect there is more to the story - perhaps this is an ex partner or ex employee? There may be grounds for an injunction, but without more detail it's impossible to determine the best course of action.

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  3. For Out of State case can you issue citation to Secretary of State in Texas for service of process in Texas

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Don Karotkin
    2 lawyer answers

    If the Defendant is a corporation doing business in Texas, and it does not have a registered agent in Texas, then the Secretary of State is their agent for service of process. In that case, service is effective when it's delivered to the Secretary of State, even if the mail from the Secretary of State ultimately not picked up. In order to get the court to enter the default judgment, you'll have to satisfy the judge that the defendant was doing business in Texas, and does not have a...

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  4. Do I need to register a foreign corporation in TX if it only owns and rents a few residential houses?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Steven John Clausen
    3. Mark Allen Land
    4. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    5. Samuel Watson Eastman
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, this is transacting business. If the entity is not registered, there is no liability protection for the individuals. Furthermore, the entity would not have authority to file suit to enforce any of its contracts or property rights. I strongly recommend that you get the corporation registered to do business in Texas ASAP. It can be done without a lawyer, but you'll need a registered agent to receive service in the event of any suits against the company. Often, the registered agent is...

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  5. How do 8 shareholders each owning shares in 2 closely held corps, trade stock so that there are only 4 shareholders/company?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. William Fulton Broemer
    3. Andrew Daniel Weisblatt
    4. Robert Neil Newton
    5. William J. Dyer
    5 lawyer answers

    You'll probably want a contract for the exchange of the shares, to start with. You'll want to confirm that the transfers are done in compliance with any existing shareholder agreement for both companies, and confirm that both companies are being taxed the same way - either as C corporations or as Sub S corporations. You'll also need to discuss the relative values of the shares being exchanged, to see if there is any taxable gain by any of the participants. After everything is in place, the...

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  6. How long does a landlord have to fix a furnace in Texas on x- mas eve ??

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3. Robert Neil Newton
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer is that they have a "reasonable time." Obviously, what's reasonable depends on the circumstances, which include the temperature and availability of parts.

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  7. Once lawyer is hired, should they only be going w/ me to court on scheduled court date or to mediation prior to court date also?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Charles Michael Tobin
    3. Thomas O. Moens
    4. David J. Irvine Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    The lawyer needs to be the one handling the case, so yes, they will need to be with you at mediation and at trial.

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  8. Member wants to leave LLC and assign all interest. Can the assignee be the company she is leaving?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Matheau J. W. Stout
    3. Mark Allen Land
    4. Daniel Lee O'Neil
    5. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5 lawyer answers

    If the membership interests can be evenly distributed between the remaining members, that may be a simpler way of doing it, since there would only be one set of transfers (leaving member to each other member, instead of leaving member to LLC, and issuance of new shares), but either way may be appropriate, depending on whether the membership interests have any value, and whether there is a membership agreement or company agreement that says what is supposed to happen in these circumstances....

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  9. Can 2 corporations go together under one dba?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. William J. Dyer
    3. Igor Serbinin
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer is that it's possible, but probably not advisable. Although two entities could act as partners or joint venturers, using a dba, there are lots of potentials for these kinds of relationships to get complicated or go bad quickly. At the very least, you'll want to have some kind of written agreement between the partners that defines who is responsible for what, and what each is entitled to, and you'll want to consult with an attorney to do that. You will also want to...

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  10. How can I pay a contractor and insure that the subcontractor is paid, without risking a lien against my house?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Teri A. Walter
    2. Robert Werner von Dohlen
    3. Elizabeth Marguerite Broussard
    4. Edward James Kazaleh
    5. Mark Steven Paullin
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Make the check out jointly - to both the contractor and the sub. That doesn't solve the sub's problem, but it solves yours.

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