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TENANT REQUESTED A JURY TRIAL – VICTORY FOR LANDLORD YESHUA C.

After Yeshua’s first attorney’s attempt to evict a pair of problem tenants fell apart, Yeshua’s new eviction jury trials.  The firm’s attorneys are both experienced and well trained in handling eviction jury trial, executed on a well-designed trial strategy, successfully educated the jury, absolutely punished one of the witnesses on the stand, and obtained for Yeshua a judgment for possession. Eviction Case Background Yeshua did everything right.  He rented his Garland, TX Read More

Eviction by Jury Trial – Information for Texas Landlords

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Evictions are a hassle.  They’re expensive and time-consuming.  But when your tenant requests a jury trial a whole different level of pain-in-my-neck (yes – I cleaned that up…). Let’s get right to it: your best and least expensive option in this situation is to pursue settlement aggressively.  Where settlement is not an option, you should seriously consider hiring my office to represent you in your eviction.  But, of course I’m Read More

MCKINNEY EVICTION ATTORNEY SUCCESS STORY: Dickson A.

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Dickson A. sought a McKinney eviction attorney after he realized he had virtually no chance of negotiating settlement. Dickson’s tenant was angry because he became convinced he had a right to buy the property. Complicating matters further, Dickson lost his original, signed copy of his lease agreement. Also, he delivered the notice to vacate improperly. Girling Law was still able to obtain judgments against the tenant before the Collin County Read More

ARLINGTON TX EVICTION SUCCESS STORY: K.I.

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The landlord in this case used a high-risk notice to vacate delivery method. The tenant appealed her Arlington TX eviction trial to a County Court at Law in Fort Worth, TX. Because the landlord is a corporation, the landlord was required to hire an attorney for representation before the County Court at Law in Fort Worth. The landlord hired Arlington eviction attorney, Marc Girling to handle its County Court eviction Read More

Fort Worth Eviction Success Story: Bradley C.

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Eviction Case Background: Bradley is a real estate investor who owns several properties in the Dallas Fort Worth area.  He hired us after his relatively new tenants broke several promises to pay their second rent payments.  Eventually they stopped returning his calls.  In addition to not paying rent, Bradley’s tenants moved into the property with a large dog.  This was also a violation of their lease. Rental Property Location: Fort Read More

Notice to Vacate: Delivering Outside is Now Permitted, but There’s a Catch….

A notice to vacate is a fairly innocuous thing.  Texas courts tend to give landlords a very wide berth when it comes to what is in a notice to vacate.  But delivering a notice to vacate is arguably the most common reason Property Managers and Apartment Community Managers receive dismissals from a Justice of the Peace. If you have managed lower or middle-income properties for a substantial period of time, Read More

An Eviction Appeal Case Study from Our Landlord Attorneys: Landlord Rights & Landlord Tenant Law

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EVICTION CASE BACKGROUND: Kathy K. needed to better understand landlord rights under landlord tenant law in Texas after her tenant appealed an eviction judgment.  Kathy sought out Dallas landlord attorneys, the County Court had already scheduled a trial.  This meant Girling Law did not have enough time to subpoena the tenant’s two sureties.  Also, the tenant filed a written answer with the JP court.  Therefore, we were unable to seek a default Read More

Is Your Eviction Attorney a Familiar Face to Your Judge?

I have mentioned in some of my earlier posts that Justices of the Peace are rarely attorneys. In fact, some will run for Justice of the Peace because they feel as though they were mistreated or poorly represented by an attorney. Others are active or former real estate professionals (non-attorneys) and they can get a bit touchy about an attorney “explaining eviction law to them.” Every Justice of the Peace Read More

Never Hand Deliver a Notice to Vacate

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Starting Off on the Wrong Foot with Your Eviction Attorney I love it when a landlord calls me and tells me they have a written lease agreement with tenant who stopped paying rent.  For me, these are typically very easy cases.  This means my odds of having a very happy client will be high.  But then the landlord hits me with the nine words I hate the most: “I already Read More

Why a Landlord Should Never Appear at a Justice of the Peace Eviction Trial

The idea doesn’t initially make a lot of sense, does it?  If you struggle with the urge to keep a close eye on your eviction attorney, it may even be too much to bear.  But it’s a really, really bad idea for landlords to appear at an eviction trial before the Justice of the Peace. The Texas Legislature changed the rules that apply to Justice of the Peace Courts (where Read More