Thousands of farms and ranches in Texas provide a cornerstone of our state’s economy. Our lawyers assist with the negotiation of oil and gas leases. We also address a range of legal issues faced by farm and range owners, including purchase and sale of land.
Need a Texas Farm & Ranch Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured on a farm or ranch, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
Farm & Ranch Real Estate Law
Real estate transactions involving a farm or ranch often combine investments in land, water rights, oil and gas, agriculture, and/or livestock. Our attorneys provide legal counsel to negotiate the unique complexities in this area of law.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Purchase and sale of a farm or ranch
- Zoning permits and environmental surveys on newly-purchased land
- Survey and property line disputes
- Acquisition of rural land for development or agricultural use
- Leases for farming, grazing, and hunting
- Negotiating leases on oil, gas, and mineral rights
- Water rights and transactions
- Compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations
- Animal care and health regulations
- And more
Common Legal Issues
Before you buy or lease a property, it is essential that you perform necessary due diligence so you have a very clear understanding of the potential risks.
Legal issues are an important part of due diligence, but many people do not hire an attorney because of the upfront costs before the actual purchase. It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer to avoid common pitfalls, especially concerning:
- Water rights: Do you have the legal right to drill a well on your property or use it for commercial purposes? Do you have rights for irrigation or livestock watering?
- Property boundaries: It is a good idea to get a copy of the recorded survey from the county (if one exists) and compare it to boundary markers. You should also walk the property and see if there are fences infringing on your property.
- Easements: It is essential to know whether there are recorded easements on your property — for example, access roads, natural gas line, power lines, etc.
- Access roads: This is especially important if the access road to your property crosses private property or a private access road.
Auto Accidents Involving Livestock
Our lawyers also handle cases involving automotive accidents caused by livestock. Texas has stock laws restricting where animals are permitted to roam unfenced. Counties without stock laws are “open range.” People who are injured in these counties must meet a higher standard to prove that a livestock owner was negligent in failing to restrain their animals.
Need a Farm & Ranch Lawyer in Texas?
Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.
Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas farm & ranch lawyers for a free lawsuit review.