Monthly Archives: December 2013

December 6, 2013 Weekly Round Up

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** This week I was able to speak at the Texas Commodity Symposium held in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.  It was a great symposium and I enjoyed the chance to visit with the attendees and hear the other speakers.  Hello to the new readers from the Farm and Ranch Show!  Here are a few ag law-related stories making news this week. *Federal Reserve Bank Report Suggests Water Market Approach.  The Federal Reserve Bank… Read More →

Breaking News: Judge Grants Stay of AQHA Registration of Clones

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Yesterday, Judge Mary Lou Robinson granted the American Quarter Horse Association’s Motion for Stay, allowing the AQHA to continue its practice of not registering clones, at least for the time being. Earlier this year, an Amarillo jury found that the AQHA rule banning registration of cloned horses violated state and federal antitrust laws.  The case is currently on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals fro the Fifth Circuit and the AQHA’s briefing to the court is… Read More →

*Correction to Weekly Round Up*

Last week there was an error in the Weekly Round Up post.  The Texas Water Development Board’s $4 million loan to Grand Prairie did not come from the Proposition 6 funding, but instead from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.  The TWDB will likely not have procedures and guidelines in place to award Proposition 6 grants until 2015.  We apologize for the error and any inconvenience that it caused.  It has now been corrected in the prior post.

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: If I Die Without a Will…

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** Question:  I don’t need a will.  If I die without a will, don’t all of my assets just go to my spouse? Answer:  No!  Let me repeat myself because this is important.  No!  This is a common misconception that can lead to serious family problems down the road. If a person dies without a will, every state has statutes (called “intestate succession statutes”) that control the distribution of that person’s estate.  (Importantly, not all assets pass through an… Read More →