Landowner Alert System 8-25-20

Estate Planning:

Planning for your potential disability or incapacity is not what you necessarily think of as “estate planning.”  But, designating a trusted family member or friend to manage your assets and aid in your healthcare decisions is a critical component of a good estate plan. Disability planning documents, like medical and financial powers of attorney, are powerful tools for directing your care and the preservation of assets if you lose mental capacity. We are including a thoughtful article about determining who can be your medical agent and how to have those important conversations about your care if you lose mental capacity. The second article explains the tools we use at Braun & Gresham to help you protect your legacy with strong disability planning.

Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor


Medical Decision Making in the COVID-19 Era

Medical decision making is hard enough under the best of circumstances, but in the midst of a global pandemic, preparing for medical decision making is critical for everyone. If you do find yourself in an emergency situation, you have the power to control who makes medical decisions on your behalf and what your care preferences are…

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Planning for Your Disability to Protect Your Legacy

Blog by Margaret Menicucci: The most distressing situation that a client can bring to us is when an elderly or ill person has been taken advantage of financially by a third party who purports to be a friend or caregiver. Typically, in such a case, the third party has convinced the vulnerable or incapacitated person to deed over property…

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Conservation:

On August 11, the Hays County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting approved the addition of a November ballot measure to approve a $75 million bond that would be used to protect open space, preserve natural resources, and create new parks. Hays County landowners could significantly benefit from this measure, if passed.  The County has stated the purpose of Prop 8 is to “protect and conserve the county’s unique natural landscapes, provide flood mitigation and storm water management, protect water quality and improve endangered species habitats.”  The approval of this ballot measure supports the idea that land set aside for conservation is valuable and will continue to trend.  Braun & Gresham tracks potential sources of funding such as these for purposes of monetizing our client’s highly valuable development rights.

Kathryn Tancig, Attorney & Counselor


County Sets $75 Million Parks Bond for November Ballot

The Hays County Commissioners Court voted in favor of a bond election this November for parks, conservation, connectivity and flood mitigation projects at $75 million. All but Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe voted in favor of putting the bond on the ballot…

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POSAC Proposes Bond for Public Access to All Parks

The Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission (POSAC) recommends the Hays County Commissioners Court call for a bond by Aug. 17.  For the upcoming election in November, POSAC recommends a total bond initiative for $75 million to $80 million…

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Permian Highway Pipeline:

The Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline continues construction of its 42-inch Natural Gas pipeline in the Texas Hill Country. The construction has continued landowner opposition and controversies. Please read the latest from the Houston Chronicle and Austin American Statesman. 

Patrick Reznik, Attorney & Counselor


Texas Hill Country Pipeline Project Moves Forward, Despite Pleas from Willie Nelson and Paul Simon

Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan moved forward on a controversial natural gas pipeline through the Texas Hill Country the same day that legendary musicians Willie Nelson and Paul Simon issued a public plea for the company to halt the project…

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After Willie Nelson and Paul Simon Complained, CEO Announces Reroute of Hill Country Pipeline

After a pipeline drilling mishap in March that led to a spill of tens of thousands of gallons of slurry into an underground aquifer in Blanco County, muddying nearby wells, the CEO of a natural gas pipeline company now says he is rerouting the pipeline…

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