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About Michael Farah

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.

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Your Guide to a Safe New Year’s Eve: What You Need to Know About Tarrant County’s “No Refusal” Week

Dec 30, 13 • News

Small-town Burleson, Texas, recently made national headlines when 16-year-old Ethan Couch managed to avoid jail time after killing four people in a drunk driving accident this past summer on Burleson Retta Road. Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to 10 years probation after a clinical psychologist testified that the teen suffered from “affluenza,” a condition that causes privileged teenagers to believe there are no consequences for their actions.

Many people feel that Couch’s sentence is far too lenient, but regardless of your opinion on the case, the fact remains that four people died as a result of someone’s negligent behavior behind the wheel. And incidents like this one happen all too often. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were nearly 1,100 DUI fatalities and nearly 9,500 serious DUI injuries in the state in 2012.

Drinking and driving is especially prevalent during the holidays, when alcohol abounds at parties and family get-togethers. This year, in light of this increased likelihood of inebriated drivers hitting the roads, Tarrant County has instituted a “no refusal” policy, which began on Christmas Eve and will continue through New Year’s. “No refusal” means that if a driver refuses to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test, a warrant will be obtained so that he or she will be forced to consent. Judges will be on call to issue the warrants, and the county has hired nurses to draw blood. (more…)

Tarrant County Accepts Homestead Exemption Applications Beginning January 1

Dec 26, 13 • News, Real Estate, Taxes

They say that the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes…

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…but thanks to homestead exemptions, that isn’t necessarily true.

In Texas, homestead exemptions help homeowners protect the value of their homes from exorbitant property taxes, aggressive creditors, and issues related to the death of the homeowner’s spouse. Applying for a homestead exemption can lower the taxable value of your house (thereby reducing your tax liability) and provide a firmer basis for homestead protection.

In order to claim your residence homestead exemption for 2013, you must submit your application between January 1 and April 30, 2014. (more…)

Five Real Estate Scams to Beware of on Craigslist

Dec 19, 13 • News, Real Estate

You may have heard the story. Just a few weeks ago, on December 4, a 32-year-old Iraq war veteran named James Vester was shot to death after responding to a Craigslist ad for an iPad, which he intended to purchase as a Christmas gift for a parent. He drove to a parking lot on the west side of Indianapolis to meet the “seller,” only to be robbed and murdered shortly after his arrival. Two young men, ages 18 and 19, have been charged in the case.

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Sadly, stories like this one are all too common. Scams on websites such as Craigslist target unsuspecting individuals who find themselves caught up in the lure of a supposedly great deal, only to be swindled, robbed, beaten—or worse.

When it comes to renting or buying a home, you should be aware that landlords and sellers who list properties on sites like Craigslist can be especially ruthless, so it’s important to know what to watch for and what to do if you find yourself the victim of a fraudulent listing. Following are a few of the most important red flags to watch for. (more…)

Welcome to our New Site!

Dec 10, 13 • News, Real Estate

Welcome to FarahLegal.com, the online home of The Farah Law Firm. This blog will serve as a place where you can find helpful legal advice and keep tabs on the latest news in real estate law. Our experienced team of attorneys will be adding new posts on a weekly basis, so be sure to check back frequently.

At The Farah Law Firm, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best possible legal counsel at a reasonable cost, and we work diligently and efficiently to help our clients avoid drawn-out legal proceedings. We’ve created this blog in hopes of providing you with a trustworthy and easy-to-access online resource that you can turn to as you navigate any and all legal issues you may encounter.

Have an interesting legal question or an idea for a topic you’d like to see us cover? Feel free to contact us at any time with your comments and suggestions.

We look forward to sharing our expertise and discussing important legal news with you both here on our website and in person at our office in Arlington, Texas.

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