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Spies and Lies: Protect Your Trade Secrets from Thieving Scoundrels

Someone stole your trade secrets. How much market share are you losing?

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But there's something called the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act. This law - and the help of a good lawyer - can help keep your market share where it should be: with you. 

From here on out, we'll use shorthand: TUTSA. And we won't use legalese to describe just why you should care about the TUTSA and how it can help protect and strengthen your business.

PATENT Act Attempts to Stamp Out Patent Trolls

Throughout 2015, the U.S. Senate has been considering a few bills with patent reform in mind. One of them is the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship ("PATENT") Act, which targets patent trolls and includes a way to recover fees incurred when patent trolls sue for their ransom.

The PATENT Act would change the current requirements for patent infringement claims in the following ways:

Residency Requirements - Filing For Divorce in Texas

To be eligible to file for a divorce in Texas, at least one of the spouses involved must be a resident of the state for a continuous six month period of time (Texas Family Code, Sec. 6.301). This is defined as a domiciliary. One spouse must additionally be a resident of the county within Texas where the marriage took place. These residency requirements must be met in order to file for divorce in Texas.

Does this mean I can file for divorce in Texas if my spouse has moved away?

The Importance of Hiring an Adoption Attorney

Adopting a child involves complex proceedings. Each state has its own specific laws in place that can vary greatly. Adoption is a process that must be followed in a specific order to ensure everyone involved is protected under the state's laws. With so many different possible scenarios, consulting an experienced family law attorney can help guide you through the steps that are unique to your situation.

Divorce vs. Annulment in Texas

What is the difference between a divorce and an annulment in Texas?

Both are ways to legally end a marriage, but one stays on record whereas the other does not due to specific circumstances. Similar to many areas of law, the laws governing annulment and divorce vary by state. Here we break down the differences between the two in the state of Texas.

Do Premarital Agreements Really Work?

There are many different views of prenuptial agreements. Some see it as a sign that one spouse doesn't trust another. It can also be seen as anticipating divorce. However, having a properly drafted premarital agreement can provide peace of mind for both spouses if drafted professionally.

Agreements New Businesses Should Consider

Having detailed agreements in place when establishing a small business can protect your interests when unforeseen events cause dilemmas. This is especially important when working with a business partner, whether you possess equal shares of the company or not.

Termination of Parental Rights in Adoption

The adoption process is very detailed and must follow certain steps precisely in order to be successful. One of the most important parts of the adoption process is the termination of parental rights of the birth parents. This requirement must be completed before the adoptive parents are legally allowed to adopt.

What Are Your Options When Working with an Inactive Business Partner?

Upon entering into a business partnership, most people don't focus on what could go wrong between partners or shareholders. With the trust that is instilled in a business relationship, it is hard to imagine that problems may arise years from the establishment of a business. One roadblock that partners may run into down the road is the underperformance or the non-existent participation of a partner.

Your Guide to Ashley Madison Evidence in a Divorce

Woe to those who go by the name Ashley Madison - at least for now, until the name fades from public memory. Google "Ashley Madison" and you'll find a plethora of news about the infamous hack, which led to the identities of 37 million users leaked to the world in August 2015.

Of course, this doesn't concern you. Unless you happen to be one of those 37 million souls or their spouse, and you wish to remain married, happily or not.