Landowner Alert System 9-8-20

Property Tax:

For landowners who are considering moving to wildlife management or submitting an agricultural application, the fall is a great time to get started.  You can make your application as early as January 1st of every year.  There are many benefits to starting a few months early.  First, this typically is a slower time of year for the appraisal districts, so if you need any advice from them about your application, it is easier to reach someone.  Second, if you make your application in early 2021, then you are more likely to receive a quick response from the appraisal district and you will be able to address any issues that arise.  As always, we are here to help guide you through the process – call (512) 894-5426 or email info@braungresham.com.

Cassie Gresham, Principal, Attorney & Counselor


Plateau Land & Wildlife Management Hosting FREE Wildlife Management Webinar Series for Landowners this Fall

Braun & Gresham’s sister company, Plateau Land & Wildlife Management is hosting a free webinar series for landowners to learn more about their property tax options – specifically Wildlife Management appraisal. These webinars will benefit anyone who is currently in Ag or Timber and are looking for alternative ways to manage their land, or anyone currently in Wildlife Management who would like to learn more about their county requirements and activities…

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Texas A&M AgriLife Maps Out Texas’ Working Lands

A new set of visual representations by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, NRI, shows the breadth and diversity of the state’s working lands for agricultural production as well as the statewide support provided by Texas A&M AgriLife…

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Property Tax Postcards Aiming for Transparency Cause Confusion

If you own property in Central Texas–at least in larger counties like McLennan and Bell–this month you’ll be receiving a postcard from your local tax or appraisal office. While these postcards are intended to provide more transparency with the property tax process…

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Easements:

In a recent Texas Court of Appeals case, a property buyer was held fully responsible for failing to understand the title commitment and disclosed list of encumbrances associated with a standing surface lease. In spite of the sellers non-disclosures, it’s incumbent on the buyer to read and understand the documents associated with Schedule B’s exceptions to the title policy. “Bad” old easements generally run with the land and the buyer should consult with an experience attorney to understand what is being purchased along with the land. Braun & Gresham provides expert counsel on these issues to help landowners with their valuable land investments. If you are a buyer and seeking counsel before you purchase, please call us at (512) 894-5426 or email info@braungresham.com.

Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor


Undisclosed Surface Lease Offers Important Reminders to Property Purchasers

The Eastland Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in a case involving the purchase of land, a surface lease not disclosed by the seller but noted in the title commitment, and claims of fraud….

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Braun & Gresham Blog: What Every Buyer of Rural Land Should Know About Old Property Easements

By Patrick L. Reznik – As Texas continues to grow its infrastructure across the state’s private rural lands, potential litigation related to old easements is becoming a more serious issue…

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