Alexandra Ashcroft Crawley

Alexandra Ashcroft Crawley

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

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Distributions From A Texas Trust Deemed Separate Property

Conventional wisdom is that a spouse’s earnings from separate property are community property. But it’s not that simple. In Benavides v. Mathis a Texas court denied wife Leticia’s claim to one-half of the income derived from...more

3/11/2014 - Community Property Divorce Estate Planning Separate Property Trusts

Surface Owner’s Regulatory Taking Claim Denied

In Walton v. City of Midland, the surface owner of a 35 acre tract within the city limits of Midland, Texas, contended that a provision in a city permit for an oil or gas well was a regulatory taking because it required the...more

12/4/2013 - Energy Exploration Inverse Condemnation Oil & Gas Takings

A Favored-Nations Clause Gone Awry

Oh, how a simple Favored-Nations clause in an oil and gas lease can get complicated, with large financial consequences! In BP America Production Company v. Zaffirini, BP paid Solis a $1,300 per acre bonus for a lease covering...more

11/26/2013 - BP Mineral Leases Most-Favored Nations Oil & Gas

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