Michael Farah is the founder and managing attorney of the Farah Law Firm. Mike graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law with a Juris Doctor and an L.L.M. in Intellectual Property. A native Texan, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He enjoys traveling with his wife, flying planes, skiing, and spending time on the family farm. Mike is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York.
Texas real estate investors who have formed a traditional LLC should consider upgrading to a Texas series LLC. In short, a series LLC is one of the best ways to protect your assets, but there are many reasons why it is likely in your best interest to form or switch to one. And a real estate attorney can help you navigate the process. (more…)
When you’re buying a property, you might — justifiably — feel like you’re in limbo while it’s under contract. There are many “what if” possibilities that, while unlikely, you still need to consider. In light of the recent winter storm in Texas, which wreaked havoc on thousands of properties across the state, many buyers may currently be facing such scenarios. Specifically, what happens when damage occurs to a property before closing? (more…)
For many people, owning property — particularly your own home — is a major part of the proverbial “American Dream.”
In the past, only the very wealthy were able to become landowners. But today, home and property ownership are possible for more people than ever. And because of the nature of property ownership, and the fact that many people can now own homes and property, understanding the real estate title transfer process is vital. The expert real estate attorneys at The Farah Law Firm can help you understand titles, deeds, and how real estate title transfers work in Texas. (more…)
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the country, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order (the Order) on September 4, 2020, that temporarily places a moratorium on residential evictions. This order is in effect from September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
At this time, many tenants have questions about how the order works: What exactly is a “moratorium on evictions”? To whom does the Order apply? What do they need to do? Likewise, many landlords are wondering: Does this mean that all of their tenants can stop paying rent? Is this the same as the recent CARES Act? Can the CDC even issue an order like this? Fortunately, the expert real estate attorneys here at The Farah Law Firm can help you interpret this recent action and provide answers to your questions. (more…)
With the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, all Americans are forced to wonder how this pandemic will affect their lives going forward. It’s hard to imagine any aspect of life that won’t be affected by this global tragedy.
Landlords, tenants, and real estate investors in particular are already facing many difficult questions. How will this crisis affect your contracts? What are your options? Does the coronavirus excuse your performance, or will you be forced to pay damages in the event you cannot perform? What will happen to your residential and commercial leases?
The Series Limited Liability Company (“Series LLC”) was first introduced in Delaware in 1996. Although many states allow for the formation of Series LLC, few still do not. The Series has been valid in the Lone Star State for the past ten years (since 2009). In Texas, the Texas Business Organization Code (BOC) controls and regulates the formation and maintenance of a Texas Series LLC under Tex. Bus. Orgs. Code Ann. §§ 1.001 et seq.
Over the past 50 years, the number of Americans renting their homes has increased by more than 22%. Pew Research has revealed that 36.6% of US homes are rented, yet just 32% of those said they rent out of choice. While a handful of landlords rent out a property with utilities included, many don’t. So, what do you do when your heating packs up on a cold winter’s night and how can it impact the relationship between tenant and landlord? (more…)
Despite the numerous legal safeguards, checks, and counters that the US’s financial system rely on, there is always another loophole exploited by scammers. This is especially true due to the fluid political climate; as legislation changes, such as with this week’s repeal of Dodds-Frank regulation, so too do the products and terminology offered to people. For vulnerable people, and in particular seniors, this poses a unique challenge, as scammers seek to take advantage of the confusion and lack of knowledge to make illicit cash. (more…)
For many people, buying or selling a house is one of the most significant transactions of their life, and it stands to reason that you’d want to turn to a professional rather than navigating the process on your own. If you’re purchasing a new home or considering selling your house, your first inclination might be to enlist the help of a real estate agent. But while buying and selling agents can be a good option, you may be surprised to learn that a real estate attorney might actually be the best option.
NBC 5 DFW recently interviewed real estate attorney Michael Farah to discuss a pesky problem affecting residents of a northwest Arlington neighborhood. A large flock of migratory egrets has descended on their homes, and 76-year-old Norma Crader, who purchased a home in the area prior to the birds’ arrival, is crying foul.
“Michael, I would like to express my thanks to you and your entire team for all your hard work in getting my case to a fair and generous settlement. I could not have asked for better legal representation for the long and nerve-racking process of my case. You are very compassionate, nice, and extremely good at what you do. I respect your... Read More »
Texas real estate investors who have formed a traditional LLC should consider upgrading to a Texas series LLC. In short, a series LLC is one of the best ways to protect your assets, but there are many reasons why it is likely in your best interest to form or switch to one. And a real estate attorney can help you navigate the process... Read More »
When you’re buying a property, you might — justifiably — feel like you’re in limbo while it’s under contract. There are many “what if” possibilities that, while unlikely, you still need to consider. In light of the recent winter storm in Texas, which wreaked havoc on thousands of properties across the... Read More »
The residential real estate closing process can be confusing for a homebuyer, property developer, or investor. A real estate closing involves finalizing a property sale, which includes signing documentation to trigger the property transfer. The process takes place during an already stressful time and can be susceptible to possible setbacks. The... Read More »
For many people, owning property — particularly your own home — is a major part of the proverbial “American Dream.” In the past, only the very wealthy were able to become landowners. But today, home and property ownership are possible for more people than ever. And because of the nature of property ownership, and the fact... Read More »