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Luke Ellis Quoted in ABC News Story

Posted in Border Fence,Border Wall,Eminent Domain,News on April 20, 2021

Luke Ellis quoted in a national ABC News story regarding the status of Trump’s border wall and the implications for landowners. After pledging not to build up Trump’s border wall, Biden’s intentions remain unclear- ABC News


The 3 Phases of Condemnation in Texas

Posted in Condemnation on December 17, 2020

Because Texas is a state rich in open space and natural resources, many government agencies approach Texas landowners with condemnation letters to usurp their properties. This action occurs due to the concept of eminent domain, or the government’s right to take private property for public use. If you are facing condemnation, it is important to… read more


Testamentary Capacity in Texas

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2020

A will is a valuable and necessary legal document, but executing one can involve a lengthy and difficult process. To avoid disputes due to mental capacity or coercion, the person executing the will must have a sound mind at the time he or she signs the document. It can be difficult to define and identify… read more


Does Paying Property Taxes Create Ownership?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2020

Any person who owns a home or piece of property will need to pay an annual property tax. If you receive a piece of land from a deceased loved one, for example, it is easy to assume that this property is automatically yours. However, it is important to remember that simply paying property taxes does… read more


What Is a Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2020

A fiduciary is an individual or an organization who represents the interests of another person or group of people. Fiduciaries have the duty to protect their clients’ best interests and preserve good faith and trust when acting on their behalf. As a result, these individuals and entities must undertake a legally binding agreement to uphold… read more


Property Rights in the State of Texas

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain on October 15, 2020

Texas is full of natural resources, beautiful landscapes, and wide-open space. Unfortunately, these benefits often leave Texas landowners vulnerable to the government. If the land could be useful for the public, a government agency or utility company may exercise eminent domain to take control of the property. Eminent domain is a constitutional right that the… read more


The National Trial Lawyers Announces the Re-Selection of Justin Hodge as a Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer in Texas After One Year

Posted in Honors & Awards,News on October 13, 2020

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Justin Hodge of Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP in Houston has been re-selected as a Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer in Texas after his first year as an exceptionally respected member. This honor has been given to Mr. Hodge for his superior skills and qualifications… read more


How to Choose the Right Executor

Posted in Probate & Estates on August 24, 2020

An executor is a person who has the legal responsibility to take care of any financial obligations you owe following your death. You want to ensure someone handles your outstanding bills and divides your assets according to your wishes, and choosing the right executor is crucial to protecting your best interests. While you can choose… read more


What Is Eminent Domain in Texas?

Posted in Eminent Domain on August 17, 2020

Texas is a state rich in natural resources and vast expanses of land. The legal concept of eminent domain is particularly important for Texas landowners, since this right allows the government to seize private land for public use. Today, more and more government agencies and private companies are seeking to seize property—and understanding eminent domain… read more


DART “Silver Line” May Damage Businesses in Dallas – Fox News 4 Features Justin Hodge

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,News on September 28, 2019

Dallas Fox 4 discusses the impact of the DART “Silver Line” on business owners and interviews Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP partner, Justin Hodge, regarding property rights reform. https://www.fox4news.com/news/business-owner-worries-dart-silver-line-construction-will-hurt-bottom-line


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