Introducing: Top Ten Legal Tips for the Owner of Rural Land In Texas

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized, Written by David Braun | 2 Comments

Rural land can be one of the most complex assets to manage. There are so many things to consider: property taxes, liability protection, resource management, and passing your land on to the next generation. However, there are a few basic actions that every landowner should take to ensure that they are taking full advantage of their rights under Texas law. (Click on any of the tips listed below to navigate to their full blog page, explaining each in more depth.)

Owners of rural land in Texas:

1. Should not hold property in their own name, except their homestead.

2. Should claim their rights under Texas laws that limit liability.

3. Should claim all their homestead rights, if they live on their land.

4. Should have a thoughtful plan for leaving rural land to heirs.

5. Should assess and secure their oil, gas, and water rights.

6. Should fight for a fair price and reasonable limits if their land is condemned.

7. Should remove all possible exceptions to their title and title insurance policy.

8. Should use written hunting and grazing leases specifically drafted for their land.

9. Should maintain the lowest possible property tax rates on their land.

10. Should know there is no minimum acreage for open space valuations, except subdivisions.

Starting this February, David Braun will be writing a blog a month to explain in depth each of these top 10 tips for the owner of rural land in Texas. Through this exercise, we hope to help owners of Texas rural land better understand the extent of their rights, and even discover some new ways to protect and preserve their land for generations to come.


  1. deborah wark
    January 16, 2013

    will I receive this info in my email or do i have to sign up?
    deborah wark

  2. admin
    January 16, 2013

    Hi Deborah! If you’d like to receive our blogs in your inbox, and you have not already signed up for our Landowner Alert System, please visit our Contact Us page and fill out your information, designating what kind of news you’d like to receive from us. Thanks so much for your interest!

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