J. Brantley Durrett III’s Answers

J. Brantley Durrett III

Houston Insurance Law Lawyer.

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  1. Why do some contracts print your name in all capital letters

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
    2. John Robert Rizzardi
    3. Thomas L. McLain
    3 lawyer answers

    The previous answers have it right. It makes no legal difference and is simply a matter of style. In my contracts and pleadings, I use an acronym for the parties such as the following example: Gulf Coast Manufacturing, LLC ("GCM"). In other words, I define the party first and then use an acronym throughout the rest of the document when referring to that party.

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  2. Income tax

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
    2. Okorie Okorocha
    2 lawyer answers

    Definitely the IRS, but don't expect them to take any immediate action. Furthermore, it is possbile that the tax deduction is valid if the kids are children of the person and the person got divorced and allocated the tax deduction between the former spouse as part of support obligations.

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  3. Damage to real property due to drunk driver, under TX law can I sue driver to get back deposit money lost to landlord

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
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    Provided the lost deposit was caused as a result of the drunk driver, you should be able to recover your deposit from the landlord and/or the drunk driver and his insurance carrier. File a lawsuit in your local justice or smaill claims court in the county where the property is located.

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  4. TX auto accident insurance laws, dispute with insurance company regarding car value

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2 lawyer answers

    Based on the facts described, you face both civil and criminal liability. Your civil liability equals the total amount of reasonable and necessary repairs limited to the fair market value of the car, plus any other consequential damages. Criminal liability may exist for failure to have insurance, for fialing to report an accident and for leaving the scene of an accident. I wouild advise you to seek a civil settlement with the carrier for an amount capped at $500 - the total value of the car,...

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  5. Life Insurance Disability Waiver of Premium discontinued....leaving no coverage

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
    1 lawyer answer

    Your question is rather complex. If the policy was issued as an employee benefit, then it falls under a federal law known as ERISA - the Employee Retirement Income Security Act - and preempts state law. From your question, it sounds like the life insurance policy was issued as an employee benefit. Under ERISA, if misrepresentations were made to your mother that reasonably caused her to forego obtaining life insurance coverage, the measure of damages would be the difference between the price for...

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  6. I was involved in a low speed car accident while leaving a parking spot, can I face criminal or civil liability for leaving

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Kelly W. Case
    2. William J. Dyer
    3. J. Brantley Durrett III
    3 lawyer answers

    You face both civil and criminal liability. You should report the loss to your carrier immediately and try to locate the car's owner and ask them if they suffered any property damage.

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  7. What can I do if the driver that hit me does not have insurance

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
    1 lawyer answer

    You need to act quickly. First, you need to report the loss to your the Texas Department of Public Safety if the police were not called to the accident scene. Second, if the loss is significant, decide whether to hire a lawyer for your claim. If you hire a lwyer follow his advice. If you decide not to hire a lawyer then you need to report the loss to your insurance carrier. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you need to fie a claim for benefits. If your carrier says that...

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  8. Food stamp fraud

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Edgardo Rafael Baez
    2. J. Brantley Durrett III
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to retain a criminal lawyer immediately. In all likelihood, the situation can be reversed, but you need immediate representation. Do not talk with anyone until a lawyer is retained.

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  9. Family

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
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    Provided there are not any court orders preventing the removal of the child from Texas, you have the right to live with your child where ever you want. Jurisdiction for any divorce or custody battle will remain in Texas for 6 months after you move. Thereafter, jursidiction over the marriage and child will be in the state where you have established your residence.

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  10. Car Title

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. J. Brantley Durrett III
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    Yes. You definitely have a case agaisn the dealer under a number of different legal theories. Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practice Act (among other legal remedies), you have the right to return the car for violation of the implied warranty of title and violation of the statute for negligent or intential misrepresentation. You should act now. Hire a lawyer to advise you and make a writeen demand upon the dealer.

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