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Blog Posts in 2016

  • What Qualifies as a Trade Secret?

    Does your business have information, procedures, or assets unique to your company that contributes to its success? If so, you may have a trade secret. In this blog post, we take a look at what things can be considered a trade secret in Texas and what business owners can do to safeguard those things from becoming exposed to competitors. What Is a Trade Secret? In Texas, a trade secret can be any ...
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  • Attorney Wilka Toppins Published in Dinero Magazine

    Attorney Wilka Toppins of Toppins Law Firm, P.C. was recently interviewed in an article that was published in Dinero , a Colombia-based monthly business magazine. It is Colombia’s most recognized business-news magazine and features stories on various market trends, economic analyses, and investigative reports. The article is titled “Hacer Real el Sueño Americano con Inversión y Negocios,” which ...
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  • Contract Dispute Resolution Options

    When it comes to contract disputes, the wronged parties are often quick to want to hold the party in breach accountable in court. In some cases, this could be the best solution-- but not always. Ultimately, litigation is slow, costly, and not ideal for every small to medium-sized business. In many cases, alternative solutions to contract disputes are much more favorable to both parties. Below, ...
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  • Understanding Workplace Retaliation

    When an employer is accused of workplace retaliation, it can deeply affect the morale of a staff and ultimately cost the company significant financial damages and legal fees. Retaliation is also one of the most serious allegations that can be made against an employer. It alleges that employees are not safe from vindictive actions of managers and the company leadership is willing to act on spite. ...
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  • Forming A Business Entity In Texas

    It's always an exciting time when an individual or group of individuals is ready to start a new business or take an existing business to the next level. In doing so, however, business owners are faced with a pressing initial question: just what type of legal entity will your new business be? Choosing the right kind is critical to the short and long-term success of your business. Below, let's look ...
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  • Wage & Payment Laws in Texas

    Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers in the United States are required to be paid a minimum amount for the hours they work, and the payment must be delivered in a timely fashion. However, the laws allow for numerous exemptions due to the nature of work, the industry, and several other factors. Minimum Wage in Texas Currently, the minimum wage in Texas is the same as the federal minimum ...
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  • Deciding Your Business's Ownership Structure

    The first step in starting a new business is deciding if you’re going to form the company as a sole proprietorship, partnership or limited liability corporation. Before you make such an important decision, however, it’s imperative that you understand the key differences among the three ownership structures. In this blog, we’ll break down what each structure entails and how it may affect your ...
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  • Understanding the Fiancé(e) Visa Process

    Here is a common immigration scenario: a US citizen meets a non-citizen overseas and wants to marry them and begin their life together in the US. These couples often face a daunting petitioning process and are often unsure of how to proceed. To complete this process, the couple must apply for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, more commonly known as a fiancé(e) visa. In some ways, this procedure is much ...
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  • Can I be a green card sponsor?

    The Green Card is one of the most popular and sought-after immigration statuses in our country. It allows a non-citizen to establish permanent residence in the US, begin building a new life, and even start their path towards citizenship. However, to receive Green Card status, a non-citizen must first be sponsored by someone already in the US. From family members to employers, many wonder about ...
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  • 5 Common & Avoidable Mistakes Employers Make

    Employment-related lawsuits can be an expensive headache for employers, even if the case ultimately resolves in their favor. However, many of the most common types of employment claims can be avoided through consistency and good policies. In this blog, our Houston employment lawyers take a look at five common mistakes made by employers. 1. Improperly Drafted & Inconsistently Applied Policies ...
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