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The Houston real estate attorneys & lawyers on UpCounsel help represent landlords, property management companies, condominium associations, and tenants on any issue relating to real estate purchases, leasing, rent increases or decreases, habitability issues, condo conversions, code violations, owner move-in situations, and more.
They also provide client service across residential and commercial real estate disputes ranging from specific performance of a purchase agreement to land use or zoning issues and construction defect litigation. Real estate agents are generally prohibited from attempting to provide legal counsel or to serve as your legal representative in any manner. Therefore, during the course of a property deal you (as the seller or the buyer) should have your interests represented by an experienced Houston real estate lawyer.
You should absolutely hire a real estate attorney before you sign any paperwork. If you have already started the process and did not understand every detail of the sales contract then you should hire an experienced real estate attorney found on UpCounsel. Especially if something in your contract doesn’t make sense or seems out of the ordinary. The smallest oversight or clause could end up costing you big time.
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What Is Preferred Return?
A preferred return—simply called pref—describes the claim on profits given to preferred investors in a project. The preferred investors will be the first to receive returns up to a certain percentage, generally 8 to 10 percent. Once you reach this profit percentage, the excess profits are split among the rest of the investors as agreed upon in negotiations. This type of return is most commonly used in real estate investment.
How Is the Preferred Return Calculated?
There are three main questions when it comes to calculating preferred return:
- Is it compounded or non-compounded? Compounded means that the calculation of a preferred return periodic growth amount comes from the amount of invested capital plus all previously earned but unpaid amounts.
- Is it cumulative or non-cumulative? Cumulative means that all the m
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What Is a Contract?
A contract is a legal agreement between two or more parties. A business contract includes the following:
- Names of all parties
- Contract beginning and end dates
- Payment amounts and schedule
- Steps to take when a party breaks the contract
- Signature with date
Business Contracts: What Are They?
Also known as a contractual business relationship or an agreement, a contract describes expectations for an interaction. It ensures all parties agree to the terms of their relationship.
A contract should include:
- Offer: One party makes the offer, and the other accepts it.
- Exchange: This includes money, goods, and services.
Why Are Contracts Important?
Contracts are essential to protect your business interests. They define boundaries and solutions to any potential problems and
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What is an Exclusivity Clause?
An exclusivity clause is part of a bigger legal document that restricts the signer from buying, selling, or promoting any goods or services from any person or company other than the issuing company associated with the contract. In other words, the company or individual works exclusively with the issuer of the contract. Many company owners who are excited and eager to get started in business may overlook the clause. But violating an exclusivity clause can come with stiff penalties and fines. It is also very difficult to break this clause of a contract without being held responsible for the penalties listed.
A violation of an exclusivity clause may result in a cancellation of the contract, leaving the signer responsible for any goods or services purchased. But this scenario is likely the best case, since the contract issuer can take more extreme legal action. In some cases, violators of exclusivity agreements have been restricted fr
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What Is Internet Law?
Internet law refers to how legal principles and legislation govern the use of the internet in all its forms. Another term for internet law is cyberlaw. Unlike other areas of the law, internet law cannot be identified as one solid, stable, and specific field of practice. Rather, it incorporates and applies principles from several traditional fields, such as privacy law or contract law, that predate the internet.
Internet law can include the following:
- Laws related to the creation of websites
- Laws governing Internet Service Providers
- Laws related to how trademarks are used online
- Laws regarding how to resolve conflicts over domain names
- Laws related to how to link web pages
Since the internet is relatively new and constantly evolving, laws surrounding its use cannot be informed solely by precedent or common law. there is a great amount of uncertainty re
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What is a Trade Secret?
A trade secret is any information about a business that could give a competitive advantage to another person or business. It is something that is not generally known or easily obtainable by others which can include confidential manufacturing, industrial, or commercial information.
A trade secret can also be described as valuable and exclusive knowledge that created by the work of a person or a company that has an economic interest in keeping it. This is usually because the owner gains a competitive advantage in the marketplace as a result of the trade secret.
A trade secret is defined very broadly and can include any of the following:
- commercial methods, such as distribution or sales methods
- advertising strategies
- lists of suppliers or clients,