Neal Hardin Law, PLLC

Neal Hardin Law, PLLC

From real estate to business and estate planning, we're unparalleled in customer service and communication skills.

Firm Overview

Main Office
Main Office
1008 Ranch Road 620 South, Suite 203
Austin  TX  78734
Phone
  • (512) 502-8514
Fax
Websites
Business
Contracts, Small business law, Wills and Estate planning and Real Estate law are our areas of focus.
Contracts:
Whether you are a business owner, service provider or customer, you will deal with contracts, either drafting them or reviewing them.

We are experienced in:

Preparation, review and negotiation of contracts;
Non-compete agreements;
Non-disclosure agreements;
Agreements for sale and purchase of businesses and assets;
Agreement for sale and purchase of partnership interests, stock and limited liability company interests;
Agreements between principals (buy/sell agreements, buy-out agreements)

Real Estate
You may own or want to own a home, rental property or commercial real property. Whatever the case, you need an experienced real estate attorney on your side in structuring the sale or purchase, managing ancillary matters such as joint use and access easements or dealing with unpleasant clutter such as liens that impair the marketability of your property.

We advise on:

Residential and commercial property sales and purchases;
Sales by owners;
Seller financing;
We are experts at working out title issues such as liens, judgments and estate matters;
Preparation of documents deeds, survivorship deeds and community property survivorship agreements, lien releases, promissory notes and deeds of trust; and affidavits of heirship;
Commercial leases and commercial landlord-tenant issues;
Residential landlord and tenant issues;
Construction contracts and liens;
Ad valorem tax protests; and
Structuring suitable entities to hold real estate to maximize asset protection.t protection.

Wills and Estates

No one plans on dying, but it will come to all of us. When it happens, you want to leave your affairs as organized as they can be, to ease the transition that your family will have to endure. You do this by planning now, while you still can, with the aid of an experienced attorney.

In anticipation of this evil day, we assist clients in planning with

Last Wills and Testaments;
Revocable Trusts; and
Appointments of Agent for Disposition of Remains

But there are also a number of documents we like for you to have as well. These are in fact only useful before you pass, but also aid your loved-ones in dealing with difficult issues such as your senility, dementia or disability which may prevent you from acting in your own behalf.

Durable Powers of Attorney;
Medical Powers of Attorney;
Directives to Physician;
Appointments of Guardian

If you die in Texas owning "probate assets" your estate may very well have to be probated in a probate court in order for your representative to have the power to take control of, transfer or sell the assets of your estate. We are able to represent clients in probate actions in all counties in Texas and have filed actions in a number of them.

Probate can be a difficult process if you have not left a properly prepared will. Home-made wills, last-minute hospital wills, online wills, form wills, lost wills and badly done lawyer-prepared wills can and will raise many issues and hurdles that take imagination and perseverance to solve in the probate court. We have seen all of these. And we have solved all of them.

If you don't have a will, you may still have an estate that needs to be probated. This will be done as an "intestate" probate where your estate passes to your heirs as designated by law. Another raft of issues arises in these heirship applications as the applicant has to prove in court who your heirs are. We have experience and expertise at solving the "family tree" issue and obtaining agreement among heirs as to how the probate will proceed, who gets to be the administrator, and whether the administrator gets to be independent.

Small business law

Small businesses are the engine of the American economy and create the majority of jobs. We are proud to represent all kinds of small businesses, including restaurants, convenience stores, construction companies; real estate brokers, mineral interest brokers, engineers, and even a medical school.

We assist business owners and entrepreneurs to start their businesses, get their businesses organized, and keep them legally organized by:

Creating corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships;
Converting entities to other forms of entities
Selling or purchasing businesses
Leasing of business premises
Drafting employment and compensation agreements
Reviewing franchise disclosures and negotiating franchise agreements
Drafting and reviewing contracts
Collecting unpaid accounts and debts;
Advising on TABC laws and regulations;
Integrating choice of entity with tax elections and business license requirements;
Incorporating expert advice from other attorneys, CPA's and licensing experts.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Experience

19932015: Sole practitioner, Austin, Texas. General civil practice in areas of commercial, real estate and consumer litigation, commercial and residential real estate, business organizations and representation, contracts, employment law, wills and estates, probate and personal injury.

19931996: Associated with Special Deputy Receiver on insurance company receiverships for the Texas Department of Insurance.

19931994: Associate Municipal Judge, Lakeway, Texas.

19911993: Associated with firm in Austin, Texas. General civil practice in areas of real estate law, business organizations and representation, wills and estates, probate, insurance defense and receiverships, and commercial and consumer litigation.

Represented the Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund in claims defense.

19901991: Associate Attorney at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.A., Austin, Texas. Practiced in real estate law and general commercial litigation.

19851990: Associate Attorney with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Practiced in insurance defense litigation, real estate law, banking law and finance law.

19831985: Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California. Taught Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Constitutional Law) and Juvenile Law.

19791983: Captain and Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps. Served as prosecutor, defense counsel, chief defense counsel, review officer and chief review officer. Promoted to Major in the USMCR.
Teaching Experience

19831985: Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California. Taught evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure (constitutional law) and juvenile law.
20082009: City of Austin Small Business Development Program. Taught classes on business organizations.
20072014: Austin Bar Association's Peoples' Law School. Taught consumer law classes on identity theft, debt collection, consumer loans and automobile sales.
20052006: Featured attorney, KEYE-TV's "Know the Law" segment Sunday morning news (volunteer activity for Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas).

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Former Judge
Ex JAG
Education

B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1976 (Summa Cum Laude)

J.D., University of Texas Law School, 1979 (With High Honors)
Licenses

Texas Supreme Court
United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin, Division

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Awards and Honors

Order of the Coif, Chancellors, AmJur Awards, University of Texas Law School

Platoon and Company Honor Graduate, Marine Officer Candidates Class, 1977

Platoon and Company Honor Graduate, The Basic School, 1980

Neal Hardin

Neal Hardin

Former Judge
Ex JAG


Licenses

Texas Supreme Court
United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Austin, Division
Experience

1993-2015: Sole practitioner, Austin, Texas. General civil practice in areas of commercial, real estate and consumer litigation, commercial and residential real estate, business organizations and representation, contracts, employment law, wills and estates, probate and personal injury.

1993-1996: Associated with Special Deputy Receiver on insurance company receiverships for the Texas Department of Insurance.

1993-1994: Associate Municipal Judge, Lakeway, Texas.

1991-1993: Associated with firm in Austin, Texas. General civil practice in areas of real estate law, business organizations and representation, wills and estates, probate, insurance defense and receiverships, and commercial and consumer litigation.

Represented the Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Fund in claims defense.

1990-1991: Associate Attorney at Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.A., Austin, Texas. Practiced in real estate law and general commercial litigation.

1985-1990: Associate Attorney with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Practiced in insurance defense litigation, real estate law, banking law and finance law.

1983-1985: Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California. Taught Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure (Constitutional Law) and Juvenile Law.

1979-1983: Captain and Judge Advocate, U.S. Marine Corps. Served as prosecutor, defense counsel, chief defense counsel, review officer and chief review officer. Promoted to Major in the USMCR.
Teaching Experience

1983-1985: Associate Professor of Law, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California. Taught evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure (constitutional law) and juvenile law.
2008-2009: City of Austin Small Business Development Program. Taught classes on business organizations.
2007-2014: Austin Bar Association's Peoples' Law School. Taught consumer law classes on identity theft, debt collection, consumer loans and automobile sales.
2005-2006: Featured attorney, KEYE-TV's "Know the Law" segment Sunday morning news (volunteer activity for Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas).
License
  • Bar Number: 08967500
    Texas , 1979
Education
  • Abilene Christian University
    B.B.A. , 1976
    (Summa Cum Laude)
  • University of Texas Law School
    J.D. , 1979
    (With High Honors)
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