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Tessmer Tips / 04.01.2016

Turning 18 is a major milestone and with it comes new rights and responsibilities. #1 is your right to vote. Register and vote! As an 18-year old, you can now enter into binding contracts, buy and sell real estate, inherit property and buy a car. On the flip side, you can also be sued. You can now buy lottery tickets and tobacco products.  Don't buy tobacco - it’s bad for your health - and if you are buying a lottery ticket, make sure it's a winner so you can pay for your college education! What once was considered “kids being kids” can now...

Tessmer Tips / 31.12.2015

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #9: My mother has Alzheimer’s.  How do I go about getting power of attorney for her?   A:  It may not be possible to get a valid power of attorney if your mother is already suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  If she still has moments where she has the mental capacity to know the legal consequences of granting you power of attorney, then you may be able to have a lawyer prepare the document for your mother to sign in the presence of a notary during a time when she is lucid.  It would be good to also have...

Tessmer Tips / 30.12.2015

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q 8#: My sister is getting married and wants to give CDs burned with some of the happy couple’s favorite songs as a gift.  Isn’t that illegal?   A:  Probably, and your sister could be liable for civil damages.  If the songs on the CD are copyrighted material, the act of reproducing the music for distribution is a copyright infringement.  To be on the safe side, try to talk her into something else; besides, nobody wants to listen to their sappy love soundtrack anyway!...

Tessmer Tips / 28.12.2015

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #6: I valet parked my car and it now reeks of cigarette smoke.  Does the restaurant have to pay to clean my car?   A:  If the valet was a restaurant employee, the restaurant may bear responsibility for the scent left behind in your car.  However, it is likely that the valet was an employee of another company, contracted by the restaurant to handle its parking needs.  Once you have determined whether it is the restaurant or the valet company responsible for the smoke bomb in your car, call or write them a letter asking them to cover the...

Tessmer Tips / 25.12.2015

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #5: If someone else uses my Facebook photos, can I sue?   A:  Yes, IF you created the photos and you have obtained a copyright on them.  The copyright can be filed immediately prior to filing suit, but to recovery attorney’s fees and damages, the copyright needs to have been filed either within three months of the date of publication of the photos or before the act or infringement occurred, whichever is later....

Tessmer Tips / 24.12.2015

Tessmer Mail Bag   Q #4: If I sell concert tickets on Craigslist, is that scalping?   A:  Scalping is the practice of selling event tickets at a higher price than their face value.  If you sell your tickets for a premium, then yes, that is scalping.  Is scalping illegal?    Texas does not restrict the re-sale of tickets and it is not a crime to buy tickets from a scalper.  ...