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  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: December 30, 2019

Business owners have to make decisions for their company, and they need to ensure that they are taking steps to plan for what will happen to the business when they are gone. One decision that you have to make if you own a company is what you want to happen to the company when you are ready to retire or…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: December 30, 2019

A familiar brand of bottled water in Texas and across the country is being sued by three of its former distributors. The companies are suing Fiji Water, alleging that the water company breached its contract with them when it changed to self-distribution rather than working with local beverage companies. The three distributors say that Fiji ordered retail stores selling the…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: December 18, 2019

Executives in Texas and around the country who have access to confidential information are sometimes sued by their employers when they switch jobs or leave to start their own companies. A former Apple designer recently found himself in this situation. The man, who once worked on the Apple iPhone and iPad, is accused by the company of starting a new…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: October 25, 2019

For businesses and artists in Texas, contract disputes can cause significant disruption to work and plans for the future. Even major celebrities may find their albums, movies or other projects delayed for years due to contract problems about production, distribution or payment. One singer, Kesha, has been involved in a legal battle since 2014 with her producer, Dr. Luke, seeking…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: June 12, 2019

Star Wars fans in Texas might be interested in learning about the estate of Carrie Fisher, the late actress who played Princess Leia in the series. Fisher, who died at age 60 in December 2016, left some relatively specific estate planning instructions. According to news reports, she asked in her will that her estate should be placed in the Carrie…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: April 24, 2019

Being appointed the executor of a will brings many responsibilities. Texas residents who are appointed as executors often need to secure the will holder's home and other assets, notify beneficiaries, probate the will and file estate and income tax returns. Attorneys and financial advisors can help executors of wills with many of these tasks. It can be easy for an…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: October 24, 2018

Companies in Texas can use mergers and acquisitions to improve their shareholder value and generate long-term profits. However, executing mergers and acquisitions entail navigating complex agreements and deals that that can cause organizational difficulties. In order to overcome these challenges and generate value, it will be necessary for the integration of the two companies to be executed in a manner…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: October 10, 2018

Many people in Texas expect to inherit money from their families at some point. In Milwaukee, a family sued in probate court over a $1.6 million inheritance that had been left to the financial adviser of a deceased millionaire. The family was awarded most of the inheritance in a settlement, leaving the financial adviser with only about $150,000, enough to…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: August 22, 2018

Marilyn Monroe fans throughout Texas may be interested to learn that the copyright protection of a photographer, Bert Stern, was recently upheld for a number of famous photos of Monroe. One federal district court judge ruled that a trust for the photographer's heirs rightfully holds the copyrights for 2,571 photos taken by Stern in June 1962. Taken weeks before the…Read More

  • On Behalf Of: Brian O'Toole
  • Published: June 21, 2018

High-ranking executives in Texas often commit to employment contracts when taking a new position. While state laws permit non-compete agreements, there are limitations on what types of agreements are acceptable. However, even when an employee has the right to break an employment contract, other companies may be restricted from trying to induce such a breach. This issue has come to…Read More

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