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Stimulus Resources Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture

In addition to stimulus resources available through the Federal Reserve, SBA and other federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been provided with additional resources that may be available to farmers and rural businesses, including:

  • $9.5 billion for USDA to respond to COVID-19, including for providing support to impacted agricultural producers
  • USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp.

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Overuse of Beneficiary Designations Can Derail a Client’s Estate Plan

by: Sol S. Reifer, JD, LL.M – Estate Planning, Accredited Estate Planner

“I notice that your account does not have a beneficiary listed, would you like to list one now? Listing a beneficiary can avoid the expense and delay of probate.”

This is a question more and more of our clients are being asked (and encouraged to prepare) by representatives at financial institutions.

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CARES Act, $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Package Signed into Law

UPDATE: The $2.2 trillion stimulus package referred to as the CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act provides economic assistance to businesses of all types (including nonprofits) and public entities. The Act also provides monetary assistance and other forms of relief for qualifying individuals.

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A New Species of Business Disruptions: Understanding Force Majeure Clauses, Business Disruption Claims and How to Plan for the Unexpected in the Age of COVID-19

By: Ryan M.T. Allen and R. Anderson Sessions

The last several weeks have confirmed what most knew was never myth: the U.S. economy is tied hand-in-hand with the state of global affairs in countries that, though far beyond our borders, directly impact the daily business operations for regional, state, and local businesses.

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COVID-19 News Insights and Business Resources

Coats Rose is dedicated to providing clients with the latest information to help their businesses to run smoothly during this critical time. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 legal developments and are dedicated to providing up-to-date information regarding potential impacts to businesses.

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U.S. Federal Reserve Announces Planned Actions to Address the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Federal Reserve announced Monday that it will use the “full range of [its] authorities to provide powerful support for the flow of credit to American families and businesses.”  New measures have been added to the Fed’s list of planned actions to address the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Impact of COVID-19 on Estate Planning

Author: Sol S. Reifer, JD, LL.M-Estate Planning, Accredited Estate Planner

The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is creating a plethora of unique estate planning and legal challenges across the globe, particularly given the volatility of the financial markets.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This summary is limited to the expanded paid leave and payroll tax provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act as those are the topics about which we anticipate receiving the most questions in the immediate future.  The bill provides job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), paid sick leave for certain  full- and part-time employees, and grants tax credits to employers to recoup the cost of the leave provided. 

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Coats Rose Attorney R. Anderson Sessions Named to the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers© Rising Stars List

DALLAS – March 18, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that R. Anderson Sessions been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 Texas Super Lawyers© Rising Stars list.

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Coats Rose Adds Two Litigators to Dallas Office

DALLAS – March 17, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development, is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys in its Dallas office, bolstering the firm’s litigation practice. 

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Coats Rose Adds Lisa Pittman and Announces Cannabis Business Law Practice – Expansion of the Firm’s Regulatory Legal Counseling Services

HOUSTON – March 10, 2020 – Coats Rose is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa L. Pittman to the firm’s Austin office.  Pittman’s pioneering work in the cannabis business industry in Texas has earned her the title, “The First Lady of Texas Cannabis Law.”  Her practice is focused on hemp and cannabis business planning and compliance, as well as commercial litigation. 

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Megan Riess Selected to the 2020 Leadership in Law Class by New Orleans CityBusiness

Megan C. RiessNEW ORLEANS – March 5, 2020 – Coats Rose is pleased to announce that Megan Riess has been selected to the 2020 Leadership in Law class by the New Orleans CityBusiness newspaper. Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals for their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community.

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Coats Rose Adds Five Attorneys, Bolstering Key Practices in Houston, Austin, Dallas and New Orleans Offices

HOUSTON – March 2, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development, is pleased to announce the addition of five attorneys in its Houston, Austin, Dallas and New Orleans offices, bolstering the firm’s real estate, public finance, and affordable housing and community development practices.

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Coats Rose Defends Oil and Gas Trading Company Against Chevron

HOUSTON – February 28, 2020 – Coats Rose of counsel, Ret. Judge Dwight Jefferson successfully defended a small oil and gas trading company in a Lanham Act trademark infringement case brought by Chevron Intellectual Property LLC and Chevron U.S.A, Inc.

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Coats Rose Represents Residential Developer in the Creation of a Public Improvement District in Angleton, Texas

HOUSTON – February 25, 2020 – Coats Rose attorney Tim Green represented the developer in the creation of a 105-acre public improvement district (“PID”) in Angleton, Texas.  The PID was created for the purpose of reimbursing the developer for water, sanitary sewer, drainage, and roads serving an approximately 350-lot single family residential development located in Brazoria County, Texas.

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Wealth Preservation & Transfer Planning Newsletter – Q1 2020

Welcome to the Coats Rose Wealth Presentation & Transfer Planning Newsletter Q1 2020 edition, a resource for timely legal analysis of issues affecting personal wealth, estates and financial preservation.  Included in this issue are articles that explore, “The SECURE Act’s Impact on Retirement Planning and Estate Planning,” and “Estate Planning Strategies Post SECURE Act.”

Read the newsletter in its entirety and learn more here.

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Coats Rose Elevates Two Attorneys to Director

F. Christopher WoottenHOUSTON – January 30, 2020 – Coats Rose, P.C., a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development, announces the promotions of two lawyers to director, S. Shannon Davis Hunter and F. Christopher Wootten, from the firm’s Houston and New Orleans office, respectively. 

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Three Coats Rose Attorneys Named to the 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists Published by Thomson Reuters

F. Christopher WoottenMegan C. RiessHOUSTON – Dec. 26, 2019 – Coats Rose, P.C., a leading business transaction and litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Haecker Ryan* was selected to the 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers® list in the area of Class Action/Mass Torts.

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Austin Office New Location – Effective December 9, 2019

AUSTIN – December 9, 2019 – Effective today, our Austin office has moved to a new location. All correspondence should be addressed to the new address: Terrace 2, 2700 Via Fortuna, Suite 350, Austin, Texas 78746.  Directions to the office and to visitor parking for the building are included below:

DIRECTIONS TO THE AUSTIN OFFICE

Traveling Southbound on MoPac (Loop 1):

Exit Capital of Texas Highway 360 North
Stay in left lane on frontage road and take MoPac (North Loop 1) turn-around before intersection/stoplight at 360
After turn-around, travel north on frontage road and move over quickly to right lane
Turn right at Tuscan Terrace, which is the first entrance into The Terrace Complex
Make a left turn onto Via Fortuna
Make your second left turn into the Terrace 2 parking lot/garage
Coats Rose is located in the Terrace 2 Building, Suite 350

Traveling Northbound on MoPac (Loop 1):

Exit Capital of Texas Highway 360
Proceed through stop light at 360 and move to farthest right lane of frontage road
Turn right at Tuscan Terrace, which is the first entrance into The Terrace
Turn right at Tuscan Terrace, which is the first entrance into The Terrace Complex
Make a left turn onto Via Fortuna
Make your second left turn into the Terrace 2 parking lot/garage
Coats Rose is located in the Terrace 2 Building, Suite 350

Traveling Eastbound on Capital of Texas Highway 360 from Barton Creek Mall:

At stoplight on far side of MoPac (Loop 1), turn left onto frontage road
Travel north on MoPac frontage road and move over quickly to right lane
Turn right at Tuscan Terrace, which is the first entrance into The Terrace Complex
Make a left turn onto Via Fortuna
Make your second left turn into the Terrace 2 parking lot/garage
Coats Rose is located in the Terrace 2 Building, Suite 350

Traveling Westbound on Capital of Texas Highway 360 from US 290/Ben White Blvd:

Turn right onto MoPac (Loop 1) northbound frontage road and stay in right lane.

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Keith Short Recognized as 2019 Pathlighter Award Honoree by Houston Achievement Place

December 6, 2019 – HOUSTON – Coats Rose of counsel Keith Short was honored by the Houston Achievement Place (HAP) as the 2019 Pathlighter Award Honoree in recognition for his generosity and service in leadership to the Houston community.

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Locations

Houston

9 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 1000
Houston, Texas 77046
Phone: 713.651.0111
Fax: 713.651.0220
Toll Free: 800.535.2701

Dallas

14755 Preston Road
Suite 600
Dallas, Texas 75254
Phone: 972.788.1600
Fax: 972.702.0662

Austin

Terrace 2
2700 Via Fortuna, Suite 350
Austin, Texas 78746
Phone: 512.469.7987
Fax: 512.469.9408
Toll Free: 855.679.6763

 

San Antonio

1020 Northeast Loop 410, Ste. 800
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Phone: 210.224.7098
Fax: 210.212.5698
Toll Free: 800.862.5079

New Orleans

365 Canal Street, Ste. 800
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 504.299.3070
Fax: 504.299.3071
Toll Free: 888.435.8214

Cincinnati

PNC Center
201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1810
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513.830.0261
Fax: 513.672.0381