Drew York

Drew York

Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.

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Do I Owe Income Taxes When I Rent Out My Home?

Over the summer, Brad Bevos’ company relocated him from Austin to Springfield, Illinois. A University of Texas alum and huge Longhorn football fan, the move bummed Brad because he won’t be able to attend home games this...more

9/28/2016 - AirBnB Homeowners IRS Rental Property Residential Real Estate Market Sharing Economy Tax Liability Tax Rates VRBO.com

So You Might Sell Your Business Someday. Do You Need a Broker?

After a lifetime of pouring time and energy into growing and expanding, Pawlenty Energy, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are ready to sell their business and retire. Having never sold anything of this magnitude, JR and Sue Ellen...more

8/31/2016 - Brokers Buyers Corporate Management Selling a Business

Successfully Selling Your Business: Top 6 Potential Pitfalls

Among the growing number of business owners looking to sell their business, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are in the market to sell their darling Pawlenty Energy. This month, Tilting the Scales highlights a variety of issues is...more

7/26/2016 - Business Plans Business Valuations Corporate Management Exit Strategies Selling a Business

How to Avoid Getting Popped: Top 10 Texas Firework Laws

Sure, fireworks are fun, but it’s important to be cautious and careful. We covered firework laws in the 2008 and 2014, but a few things have changed. Below are Texas’ top 10 firework laws you need to be aware of before...more

6/30/2016 - Fireworks Negligence Personal Liability Safety Precautions

Did My Employee Just Say That?!? Manage Risk with a Company Crisis Plan

Johnny Hotshot, the 11 year-old shortstop on the Dallas Rangers Little League team, suffered a horrific brain injury after a pitching machine at the Hitz-R-Us batting cage malfunctioned. Melanie Scoop, a reporter from one of...more

5/26/2016 - Crisis Management Employer Liability Issues Risk Management

When the Company’s Joke Backfires

Harvey Slapstick, CEO of Jokes-R-Us, decided an April Fool’s prank on his employees was just what the company needed to boost morale. So he hired two former soldiers to conduct a fake hostage situation at the company’s...more

4/25/2016 - April Fool's Day Employer Liability Issues Negligence Officer-Involved Shootings

5 Reasons Why Incorporating Your Business is the Right Play

Agitated that the NBA is now prohibiting him from using Stickum during games (even though he’s been doing so for years), Dwight Howard wants to find a permissible product that he can use to grip the basketball.  Dwight thinks...more

3/31/2016 - Business Formation Business Plans Choice of Entity Corporate Taxes Incorporation Investors Limited Liability Companies

Loving Thy Neighbor & the Defamatory Flyer

Pete Kusdel was walking his dog through his neighborhood one morning when he saw papers strewn all over one of the streets—it looked like a recycling truck had lost its load! Mad as heck and ready to call the local garbage...more

2/26/2016 - Defamation False Statements Reputational Injury

Avoid “Uh-Oh”-Pen Carry at the Airport

Since Texas’ open carry law went into effect at the beginning of the year, Pistol Pete has carried his Glock everywhere he can in his shoulder holster. In a rush to make his flight to Houston for a business meeting, Pete...more

1/27/2016 - Airports Concealed Weapons Firearms Gun Laws Risk Management TSA

Dashing Through Non-Competes Christmas Style

Wanting to expand out of North Dakota before the Christmas season, Homer’s Christmas Tree Farm picked Bubba’s Christmas Farm in the Texas Panhandle. Knowing that Bubba’s employee, Skeeter Jones, was critical to Bubba’s...more

12/23/2015 - Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements

Animal House – Can You Own Exotic Animals?

Phil Elliott, wide receiver for the North Dallas Bulls, posts a photograph on Instagram showing his new pet tiger hanging out in his backyard in Preston Hollow. His post goes viral and becomes a hot news topic. The next...more

11/18/2015 - Homeowners PETA Pets Registration Requirement Zoning Laws

Stadium Follies – When Can You Sue the State of Texas?

What a year it has been for the Podunk (Texas) High School football team. After the school opened its new $50 million, 18,000-seat stadium at the beginning of the year, the team has reeled off an undefeated regular season and...more

10/20/2015 - Agricultural Land Government Entities Gross Negligence Negligence Premises Liability Private Property Property Owners School Districts Tort Claims Act

Declaring War on Drones Part Deux: Is a Drone Operator/Owner Liable for Trespassing?

Last month Tilting discussed whether Daisy Duke and her Uncle Jesse faced civil or criminal liability for shooting down Boss Hogg’s drone trespassing over their property. To recap: Daisy Duke was sunbathing by her Uncle...more

9/22/2015 - Drones Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Invasion of Privacy Private Property Trespass Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Declaring War on Drones: Is it a Crime to Shoot Down a Drone over Your Property?

Trying to avoid the sweltering heat, “Uncle Jesse” Duke was in the garage working on his moonshine operation when he heard a loud shriek in the backyard. He ran to the back to find his niece, Daisy, sunbathing by the pool....more

8/18/2015 - Castle Doctrine Criminal Mischief Drones Homeowners Invasion of Privacy Personal Liability Privacy Concerns Private Property Right to Privacy Trespass Unmanned Aircraft Systems

End-of-Year Bonuses? Possible Tax Pitfalls!

After stepping down from running the family oil business (see last month’s article), Jed Clampett runs Mama’s Fried Pies, his late wife Rose Ellen’s fried pie business. With business booming, Jed decides to hire Elly May as...more

7/29/2015 - Bonuses Internal Revenue Code (IRC) IRS Taxable Income

Closely-Held Shareholder Derivative Actions are Alive and Well in Texas

After 30 years of running his family-owned business, Hillbilly Oil Co., Jed Clampett decided to retire in 2013. The board of directors elects Jethro Bodine as Hillbilly’s President and Elly May as Vice President. Both Jethro...more

6/23/2015 - Board of Directors Business Judgment Rule Closely Held Businesses Corporate Officers Derivative Suit Family Businesses Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

A Lawyer and a Juror

This month I am flushing the format to talk about jury duty. I recently got selected to serve on a jury in a civil case. The experience fascinated me because, as a civil trial lawyer myself, it gave me the opportunity to see...more

5/28/2015 - Jury Duty Jury Trial

Paying Child Support: Are Your New Hires Being Honest?

Knowing that his old high school friend Iman Dedbeet had just been taken to the cleaners by his ex-wife Goldilocks in a nasty divorce, Johnny Clueless decided to help Iman out by hiring him as his general sales manager at...more

4/30/2015 - Child Support Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Misclassification

Partner Liability: Out of the Woods?

Debbett Runnup Partnership, a Texas general partnership, was sued by Widgets R Us in 2010 for failing to pay Widgets R Us invoices. Judgment was granted to Widgets in 2012 against Debbett Runnup for $300,000. After chasing...more

3/26/2015 - Creditors Debt Collection Partnerships Personal Liability Statute of Limitations TX Supreme Court

Selling What You Don’t Have…What Happened to my Super Bowl Tickets?

Thursday before Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix Ima Goen Nomattawatta, a huge Patriots fan, found an online broker Izzure Scalp with Super Bowl tickets for $2,500 apiece. Not believing that he could get 4 tickets at only $750...more

2/19/2015 - Limitation of Liability Clause Sports Super Bowl Terms and Conditions

Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business?

With 2015 upon her, Cinda Bossey is making her action item list for her business, Bossey Boots. Although the bulk of her time and efforts are spent on getting the business running and generating revenue, occasionally she...more

1/29/2015 - Small Business Formation Year-End Planning

Will Over-Serving Your Guests Ruin Your Holiday (Legally Speaking)?

The middle of the holiday season means more than just busy shopping malls. It is also the time when many people host holiday parties. After attending Mora Rounds’ holiday party and consuming several adult beverages, Bitu...more

12/22/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Holiday Parties Holidays

Does My Business Need Riot Insurance?

Broken windows, looting and fires were some of the lasting images from the Ferguson, Missouri riots. And if you looked at those pictures closely, you may have noticed that a substantial number of the damaged businesses were...more

12/22/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Property Insurance

Ebola in the Workplace – Dangerous to Employers

Returning from a trip to West Africa with some college buddies, Ben X. Posed, a waiter at Chotchkie’s, showed up for work with a fever, muscle aches, a strong headache, and stomach pains. Begging his boss Dee Manding for the...more

10/14/2014 - Corporate Counsel Duty of Care Ebola Popular

Trespassers – Can You Shoot ‘Em?

Under the law, anyone who enters your property is an invitee, licensee or a trespasser. You can summon an invitee, like a pizza delivery driver. An invitee generally enters the property for the parties’ mutual benefit –...more

8/29/2014 - Homicide Trespass

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