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.
Executing a valid will is one of the simplest and most important forms of estate planning around. Despite this the number of people that die intestate (without a will) is staggering. All too often life throws us curveballs, whether they be an unexpected death or disability. For this reason, it is never too early to prepare a will. The attorney’s at The Farah Law Firm, P.C. can make your will preparation a painless process and as your life changes, be it marriage, a birth, a death or divorce, our attorneys will be there to make changes as necessary. (more…)
You know the saying: “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!” Everyone seems to be turning to Texas for many reasons. This explains the state’s population of almost 28 million and counting! The state of Texas is rapidly growing in numbers due to the steady economy it maintains. It is estimated that by the year 2040, the Texas population will have hit 45 million. Where are we fitting all these people? With Texas being the largest state in the continental United States, it has a clear advantage in land space. The Lone Star state builds an average of 125,000 homes per year, placing the housing market as 3rd best in the country. (more…)
It happens all too often; a loved one unexpectedly dies without leaving a will. For those left to deal with the deceased person’s estate, this can be a real estate nightmare. Without a surviving grantee or other survivorship language included in the deed, the property becomes what is often called, “Heirship Property” or “Heir Property”. More often than not, the survivors of the deceased have no idea what to do with the heirship property and without taking the proper steps to properly vest title in the heirs there isn’t much that can be done as the property is virtually unsellable as it sits and title companies will not issue insurance until the issue is resolved. (more…)
A quitclaim deed is a purported transfer of a grantor’s right, title, and interest in a property; which is far different than other types of deeds such as general warranty or special warranty deeds which convey a property from one party to another. Our office receives calls on a daily basis request to draft Quitclaim Deeds (often mispronounced “Quick Claim or Quick-claim”) based on poor advice from internet searches. (more…)
You may have heard the statement, “we don’t get paid unless you do.” This statement refers to an arrangement between an attorney and client, in which a percentage of the final judgment or settlement is paid to the attorney. That is to say, there are no out of pocket expenses to the client. (more…)
With the resurgence of tenant protection groups and ever-increasing statutes, both state and federal, it is becoming increasingly difficult for landlords of all experience levels to keep their lease documents up-to-date, thus exposing them to increasing liability.
Moreover, as landlord/tenant law progresses in the State of Texas, it seems that tenants, especially residential tenants, are garnering more and more protection and remedies against the alleged wrongdoing of landlords. In order to reduce the opportunities for tenants to recover from landlords, it is important for the landlord to start the relationship off on the right foot – with strong lease documents. (more…)
As a real estate investor or property manager, it is imperative to stay up to date with the current state of the Texas Property Code. At no time is that statement truer than when it comes time to evict a residential tenant. Many times amendments to the Texas Property Code are made without much notice, and it is not until a case is dismissed for failure to follow the proper procedure that landlords become aware that changes to notify provisions have been made. (more…)
Investing in real estate is one of the best ways to invest in your financial future. But navigating the various negotiations and purchases required of real estate investment can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the process. That’s why hiring a real estate investment attorney is one of the best ways that you can ensure you’re making the best decisions with your money and your property. A real estate investment attorney can provide you with many important services, whether you’re new to real estate or you’re a seasoned investor. (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 realtor. 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. (more…)
“I hired The Farah Law Firm for the non-traditional sale of my residential property. The Farah Law Firm’s professionalism and outstanding knowledge of residential transactions made the sale go smoothly. The Attorneys and staff at the Farah Law Firm were understanding and took the time to explain each step of the process. They will be... 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 »
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... Read 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... Read More »