Landowner Alert System 8-31-21

Hays County Bond Packages:

Hays County, Texas is one of the fastest-growing counties in America, according to the latest findings from the Census Bureau. Local Hays communities, like Buda and Kyle, look to pass bond packages in order to fund road and infrastructure improvements. Like TxDOT, Cities and Counties can condemn private lands for these improvements. Here are two recent articles discussing these local bond issues. Braun & Gresham only represents landowners in condemnation negotiations and proceedings. For a free 30-minute consultation contact me at [email protected] or (512) 894-5426.

– Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor

Kyle Prepares for Roads Bond Package

Some people have expressed concern that as the Kyle population grows, its streets are not keeping up with the change. A proposed bond could help resolve the issue. On [June 1st, 2021], Kyle approved hiring Gap Strategies, a consulting firm for urban planning and infrastructure, for a possible transportation bond package to be set on the November election agenda… LEARN MORE

Buda Sets Bond Vote for Roads, Parks

Buda residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on a nearly $90 million bond that is expected to be on the ballot in November.  The bond package totals $89.66 million and tackles transportation and park projects, according to a city news release. A large part of the package — $73.57 million — allocates money for streets, bridges and intersections… LEARN MORE


Estate Planning:

We call your will or trust and the associated documents an “Estate Plan” because it is an opportunity to select who will handle your assets and your care if you are incapacitated and who will receive your assets when you die. You plan now to provide future clarity, reduce conflict, and protect your assets and loved ones. The linked article plainly explains the documents that you need if you become too sick to make decisions for yourself or you are otherwise incapacitated. These include financial and medical powers of attorney and the Directive to Physicians. Planning now reduces the sense of crisis if illness or injury occurs. At Braun & Gresham, PLLC, we assist our clients through the estate planning process to ensure that their wishes are respected and their land protected. Please contact me at (512) 894-5426 or [email protected] if you want more information about estate planning.

– Margaret Menicucci, Attorney & Counselor

End of Life Documents

Unfortunately, I’ve received several questions recently from people needing to know what end of life documents they need to have in place if a loved one ends up ill or incapacitated. These topics are never fun to think about, but they are extremely important for everyone to have in place. While there is countless information about the various tools that can be used and options for someone to consider in determining how best to leave their estate, there are a couple of end of life documents that everyone needs to have in place… LEARN MORE


Farm Animal Liability Act:

Farm and ranch owners are well aware that there are special risks associated with activities on their properties and in connection with livestock. Here at Braun & Gresham our attorneys and counselors can help to make sure that landowners and farm animal professionals receive the greatest protections from liability. Recent changes to the Farm Animal Liability Act, under House Bill 365, expand the protections afforded to farm and ranch owners and farm and animal professionals. House Bill 365 expands who the Farm Animal Liability Act applies to and imposes new signage requirements landowners should be aware of. The following articles lay out the changes and requirements landowners must meet to qualify for protection under the Act. For questions, or more information, please contact us [email protected] or (512) 894-5426.

– Natalie Cavellier, Law Clerk

New Provisions of Texas Farm Animal Liability Act Go Into Effect Sept. 1

Anyone who owns livestock in Texas, including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, fowl and honey bees in a managed colony, need to be aware of key changes to the Texas Farm Animal Liability Act that will be effective Sept. 1, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law expert… LEARN MORE

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: What Signs Do I Need on My Farm/Ranch?

Rural landowners should consider hanging two signs from a liability protection perspective: The Texas Farm Animal Liability Act sign and the Texas Agritourism Act sign. Additionally, although not liability-related, rural landowners often have questions related to hanging “No Trespassing” signage… LEARN MORE


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