Texas Real Estate Law, Business Law, and Asset Protection

Thank you for visiting our website, a service of DAVID J. WILLIS ATTORNEY. We represent buyers and sellers of Texas residential real estate and Texas commercial real estate and prepare a wide variety of transactional documents for small and medium-sized businesses. Our focus is on the delivery of high-quality custom services and documentation on a per-transaction basis. We have successfully assisted over a thousand online clients for more than a decade.

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Legal Services

Consultations on residential and commercial real estate issues including review/comment on TREC and TAR earnest money contracts, title commitments, and closing documents. An asset protection review (APR) is also available. Since advising on such matters is our core business, fees apply.

Real estate document preparation for Texas residential and commercial transactions including earnest money contracts, warranty deeds, real estate lien notes, deeds of trust, affidavits, leases, lien releases, assignments, options, and affidavits of heirship.

Closing documents including creative transactions involving assumptions, owner financing, wraparounds, and “subject to” deals with consideration given to the impact of Dodd-Frank and the SAFE Act (but excluding RMLO services).

Entity formation for asset protection including both traditional and series LLCs formed in either Texas or Nevada (anonymity techniques available), partnerships, and joint ventures.

Sale and purchase of business entities as well as business contracts of all types.

Living trusts, land trusts, and anonymity trusts as well as deeds of real property into trust and pour-over wills.

Foreclosures and evictions in the Houston, Texas area.

Real estate litigation in the Houston, Texas area.

Asset Protection

A particular focus of our practice is asset protection designed to minimize liability and maximize anonymity, deter lawsuits, and insulate assets from judgments. We are often able to simplify the way our clients do business while significantly improving their asset protection. For those who are uncertain about what steps to take, or who would like to explore their options, we offer an asset protection review.

If you would like more detail on our approach to Texas real estate law, entity structuring, and asset protection, scroll down to our library of more than fifty articles. See also graphics of various asset protection structures.

Shelf Companies

We have a limited inventory of established Texas shelf LLCs and Nevada shelf LLCs that include our best anonymity and asset protection features including already registered assumed names (see shelf companies). These premium LLCs are ready for immediate shipment to clients for whom time is a critical factor.

Online Process

Initial consultations, LLC formations, and documents for routine real estate and business transactions are handled exclusively online at economical flat fees. A range of in-office services after the initial consultation is offered but at fees higher than those quoted for online items.

Our goal is a two business day turnaround, both for online consultations and document preparation. Reasonable follow-up questions and document changes are included within three calendar days after which an online consultation concludes and any documents we have delivered are automatically considered final.

Legal Fees

We are primarily a flat-fee office although hourly billing and retainer arrangements are available. Go to Fees & Policies for a comprehensive list of services and fees plus terms of service that apply to all clients. We strive for 100% transparency when it comes to legal fees, which are quoted exclusive of filing fees and other costs. No free legal services are available.

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Qualifications and Experience

David J. Willis is a double board-certified Texas lawyer on the cutting edge of the intersection of real estate law and asset protection. The innovative concepts and methods described in his book Real Estate Law & Asset Protection for Texas Real Investors are changing the ways investors structure their Texas real estate investments.

David J. Willis - Texas Real Estate Attorney
Board Certified
– Residential Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
– Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
35 years experience with two law degrees (J.D. and LL.M.)
AV rated for ethical standards and professional ability
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Ethics and Confidentiality

Adherence to high standards of ethics and confidentiality is part of our firm philosophy. We subscribe to The Texas Lawyer’s Creed and the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors.

Practice Area Articles
ADVERSE POSSESSION IN TEXAS

AFFIDAVITS OF HEIRSHIP IN TEXAS

ANONYMITY IN TEXAS REAL ESTATE

ASSET PROTECTION IN TEXAS

ASSUMED NAMES IN TEXAS

ASSUMPTIONS IN TEXAS

BUYING AND SELLING REAL ESTATE NOTES

BUYING OR SELLING A TEXAS BUSINESS

CHARGING ORDERS IN TEXAS

CO-OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY

DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES

DEEDING TEXAS PROPERTY TO LENDER IN ANTICIPATION OF FORECLOSURE

DEEDING PROPERTY TO AN LLC

DODD-FRANK LAW IN TEXAS

DEEDS IN TEXAS

DISCOVERY POST JUDGEMENT

"DUE ON-SALE" IN TEXAS

EARNEST MONEY DISPUTES IN RESIDENTIAL TRANSACTIONS

EMAIL PROFESSIONALISM

EQUITY STRIPPING FOR ASSET PROTECTION

EVICTIONS IN TEXAS

EXECUTORY CONTRACTS IN TEXAS

FORECLOSURE IN TEXAS

FRAUDULENT TRANSFERS IN TEXAS

HARD-MONEY LENDING

HIGHER-PRICED MORTGAGE LOANS

HOMESTEAD PROTECTIONS IN TEXAS

JUDGMENTS IN TEXAS

JUDGMENT LIENS AND THE TEXAS HOMESTEAD

LAND TRUSTS IN TEXAS

LEASE-OPTIONS IN TEXAS

LEASE-PURCHASES IN TEXAS

LIEN REMOVAL - ALL LIEN TYPES

LIEN REMOVAL - TEXAS HOMESTEAD

LIS PENDENS IN TEXAS REAL ESTATE

LITIGATION IN TEXAS

LIVING TRUSTS FOR THE HOMESTEAD

LLCS IN TEXAS - COMPANY FORMATION

LLCS IN TEXAS - GOVERNING DOCS

LLCS IN TEXAS - TAX AND BANKING ISSUES

LLCS IN TEXAS - THE SERIES LLC

MEDIATION IN TEXAS

MORTGAGE LOAN FRAUD IN TEXAS

OWNER FINANCE IN TEXAS

PARTITIONS OF TEXAS PROPERTY

PARTNERSHIPS AND JOINT VENTURES

PIERCING THE VEIL IN TEXAS

REDEMPTION ISSUES FOR INVESTORS

RESIDENTIAL SALES CONTRACT

RIGHTS OF FIRST REFUSAL IN TEXAS

SAFE ACT IN TEXAS

SECURITY DEPOSITS IN TEXAS

SELLER DISCLOSURE IN TEXAS

SHELF COMPANY ADVANTAGE

STATUTE OF FRAUDS IN TEXAS

"SUBJECT TO" TRANSACTIONS

TITLE INSURANCE IN TEXAS

USING A TEXAS REAL ESTATE LAWYER

WRAPAROUNDS IN TEXAS
Clientele and Areas Served

Our principal office is in Houston, Texas but our clientele includes real estate investors and businesspersons who reside around the globe, literally from Singapore to San Antonio to Spain. The Houston, Texas area encompasses Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County although our practice is statewide. The firm of David Willis Attorney is a Texas real estate attorney serving the cities of Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Galveston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Midland, El Paso, and all areas of Texas. Our firm is also a Texas business law attorney and Texas asset protection attorney for anyone who owns real estate or business interests in Texas and is considering LLC formation or a real estate investment partnership. Services include forming a Texas series LLC or a Nevada series LLC as part of an asset protection plan.

Consumer Notices

PDF File State Bar of Texas Notice to Clients
PDF File Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice
PDF File Texas Real Estate Commission Information about Brokerage Services