A client recently called, stating that he was having to do a foreclosure on a property/business that was sold by him several years ago. The purchaser was paying on a Note, secured by the real estate used by the business. This sale closed at my office on Broadway, but dealt with real estate that was located several counties away from Bexar and San Antonio. He said that he had hired local counsel in that county, which was fine with me, because I’m not really that enamored of having to show up at a Justice of the Peace hearing, at 8 or 9 am at a location an hour and a half from my office. It would be worse, of course, to have resets, judicial cancellations, appeals to the county court, which are all normal activities in this kind of case.
But don’t get me wrong; as I review 25+ years of practice in South and Central Texas, I have to say that I enjoy the trips to several of the surrounding counties. Going to a neighboring county usually means a short drive in the country, parking right outside the courthouse, and visiting with judges, clerk personnel, attorneys that practice in those counties, and usually some attorneys that are also commuting from San Antonio, handling their particular client’s interests.
This certainly counts for most of the adjoining counties, and their county seats. Medina/Hondo, Kendall/Boerne, Comal/New Braunfels, Guadalupe/Seguin, and even Wilson/Floresville. I would include Bandera/Bandera as well, just a quick trip up Highway 16 to the middle of that cowboy town. OK, I’ve left out Atascosa, because the courthouse there is in Jourdanton, which is one more leg on the trip, after passing Pleasanton or Poteet. However, once there, I see the same grouping of people, including one attorney from San Antonio, who makes a good living defending criminal cases in that county, and the judge that is still there, who I met as we represented clients in a divorce case, shortly before she was elected to the bench.
The law regarding real estate, bankruptcy, contracts, estates and probate is essentially the same throughout all Texas counties, and I enjoy visiting throughout the State. So give me a call at 210-805-9334 or 210-805-9882 with your comments and questions.
Member, State Bar of Texas