Landowner Alert System 2-23-21

Posted by on Feb 23, 2021 in Asset Protection, News & Events, Property Tax | No Comments

Utilities & the Winter Storm:

With the recent Texas February 2021 power outages, many issues are being raised related to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the wholesale power market. Going forward Texas leaders, including the Governor, Attorney General, Legislature, and Public Utility Commissioner (PUC), will be wrangling with responsibilities and the impacts on the industry and its users. We’ve researched numerous recent articles and recommend the following to learn more about the history of our power grid and investigations underway to prepare for the next winter storm. We represent landowners before the PUC and this is an ongoing issue of interest for us, and we will provide updates on what this means for landowners. Braun & Gresham can help on how best to protect your land. Contact (512) 894-5426 or email [email protected] to discuss your rights.

– Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor

Texas seceded from the nation’s power grid. Now it’s paying the price.

The grid is shorthand for a collection of technologies owned and operated by thousands of entities — from government agencies to homeowners with rooftop solar panels. There are, in the contiguous United States, three major interconnected systems — one covering everything east of the Rocky Mountains, one for everything west of the Rocky Mountains, one for Texas… READ MORE

Gov. Greg Abbott wants power companies to “winterize.” Texas’ track record won’t make that easy.

Winterize. That’s the directive Gov. Greg Abbott gave to power companies and lawmakers Thursday when he called for a law and funding to better prepare Texas’ essential power infrastructure for the kind of extreme winter weather that created multiple crises this week. Energy experts said… retrofitting plants to withstand cold could be extremely difficult… READ MORE


Property Tax:

As the April 30th deadline for exemptions and special appraisal filings comes up for Ag, Wildlife and Timber, we’d like to remind everyone about the importance of meeting this deadline to ensure you avoid unnecessary fees or loss of exemptions. Braun & Gresham’s sister company, Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, is hosting free webinars through March 11th to educate landowners about their property tax options. If you have questions, I encourage you to attend. You may also contact me at [email protected] or (512) 894-5426.

– Cassie Gresham, Principal, Attorney & Counselor

FREE Wildlife Exemption Webinar Series

Whether you’re a new landowner, already in Ag or Timber, or currently have a Wildlife Management valuation, everyone is invited to join Plateau Land & Wildlife Management for a FREE Wildlife Exemption Webinar Series. Connect with experts and learn how to make the switch to a Wildlife Management valuation from traditional Ag or Timber… REGISTER TODAY


Risk Management:

When friends, family, and other guests enjoy your land for recreational activities, such as hunting, swimming, or off-road adventures, there are some inherent risks. Last week I gave a short webinar on asset protection considerations for rural landowners. I encourage you to take a few minutes to listen to the pre-recorded webinar below. At Braun & Gresham we can help mitigate the risk of losing your land and your other assets through comprehensive risk evaluations, recommended policies and procedures, and the creation of business entities to hold your various properties. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more information about risk management – call (512) 894-5426 or email [email protected].

– Joanne Hatton, Attorney & Counselor

Webinar: Recreational Properties & Asset Protection

This pre-recorded webinar provides landowners considerations for protecting one of their most valuable assets – land. Attorney and counselor, Joanne Hatton, outlines key tools and strategies that can protect landowners and their land in the case of an accident, or a personal or business financial setback… WATCH RECORDING


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