life estates in Texas

Life Estates In Texas Real Estate

March 15, 2022

Life Estates in Texas Real Estate: Formation, Rights, And Duties In Texas there is a limited transfer called a life estate. This transfer is limited in duration by a life. Due to the limited nature of such a transfer, a life estate brings with it a number of unique rights and duties. The Basics Of A Life Estate In Texas A life estate is most commonly granted for the life of the grantee. The grantee receives a possessory interest in the estate until the death of the measuring life. At that time, the interest reverts back to either the original grantor or to a third party, called a remainderman. In Texas, no particular or specific words are required to create a life estate, as long as there is clear intent that a life estate is to be created. Common phrases indicating the creation of a life estate include “for life” or “until his/her death.” Due to the nature of a life estate, a life tenant has certain rights and duties unique to this form of ownership. Rights Of A Life Tenant A life tenant in Texas has the following rights: The right to possession of the property: Even though a life tenant is not the only party who has an interest in the property, the life tenant has the exclusive right to possession, management, and control of the property.   The right to all rents and profits during possession: If the property produces income, the life tenant has the exclusive right to it. This includes royalties from an oil and gas well if a producing well was in existence at the time the life estate was granted.   The right to sell, lease, mortgage, or otherwise alienate the life estate in the property. This right is still limited by the measuring life. For example, a life tenant may lease the property for the duration of the measuring life only.   The right to invoke Texas homestead law, If applicable.   Duties Of A Life Tenant While in possession of the land, a life tenant owes the following duties to future interest holders: The duty to pay ordinary taxes on the land and interest on a mortgage: A life tenant has a duty to pay taxes to the extent the property produces income. A life tenant is also responsible for interest payments on the properties mortgage, but not the principle.   The duty not to commit waste: The most significant duty of a life tenant is that they may not use the property in such a way as to decrease the value of the property. In general, this requires that a life tenant exercise the ordinary care of a prudent person to preserve and protect the estate. If you have any questions about a life estate, contact attorney Cynthia Fronterhouse.

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Common Commercial Lease Mistakes

March 17, 2021

Common Commercial Lease Mistakes and How to Avoid Them — A common business need that every business owner should be prepared to deal with is finding the space for their business operations, be it a manufacturing facility or an office space. Whether it is the main office, a shop, or a manufacturing facility, renting real property can be an asset or a liability depending on how early the negotiations start and how well the final terms are written. Leasing the space out can also be tricky if you and your tenant are not on the same page from the start. Let us give you an overview of some of the common commercial lease mistakes that new and experienced business owners make, how you can avoid them, as well as some details that you should know about. The Basics The business of commercial leasing is a cutthroat world. As they say in real estate, everything is about the location. If you are selling a luxury brand, you definitely do not want to be caught up in the outskirts of town. If you are dealing with downtown clientele, you cannot afford to locate your office in the suburbs. If you are processing specialty food items, you would also want to locate your commercial kitchen in the most suitable location for the business. If you have a manufacturing facility, you would want for it to be easily accessible by your target customers. Keeping yourself and your business in the right location could be critical to your cashflow. What is a commercial lease? Basically, a commercial lease is an agreement written up and signed by both parties, the lessor and the lessee. The lessor is the individual who owns the property or leases it out to others. You, as the business owner, is the lessee. If you get confused by the terms, think of it as the relationship between the landlord and the tenant. A commercial lease is entirely different from a residential lease, both in the key legal terms, in the landlord’s rights and in the financial terms. When you enter into a commercial lease agreement, it is expected that you are knowledgeable about commercial real estate and prepared to negotiate in accordance with the then current local market conditions. Having rented an apartment as a tenant is not sufficient experience for negotiating a commercial lease. If you do not protect yourself properly when entering into a commercial lease, it could lead to legal, financial and tax problems down the road. The Common Commercial Lease Mistakes to Avoid There are a couple of things that you need to avoid in order to make sure that your commercial lease agreement will protect you. Failure To Hire A Realtor, A Lawyer, Or A Professional Hiring a realtor, a lawyer, or any professional with great experience in the law and commercial leasing is not an added cost but an added layer of protection. All of the terms that are included in a commercial lease are going to be easily handled by individuals who know the market and understand what is and is not negotiable in a lease. […]

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