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real-estate-imageRockwall and surrounding counties, such as Dallas, Hunt and Kaufman counties, are booming. Since the great recession hit in 2008, these markets have more than rebounded. As a result, their real estate markets are thriving in both the commercial and residential markets. Guest and Gray Law Firm has represented clients across North Texas in all types of matters concerning real property, including commercial real estate purchases and lease agreements, disputes involving commercial real property purchases and leases, residential purchases and leases and disputes arising from them. Easements and boundary disputes, condemnation proceedings, nuisance abatement, and many more. When it comes to real estate and real estate litigation in the Rockwall, Dallas, Hunt or Kaufman county areas, Guest and Gray is the law firm of choice for many local agents, brokers, developers and individual residents.

Our real estate litigation team is headlined by Scott Gray, a Texas Super Lawyer, and David HagEstad, a former real estate agent, who are equipped to handle complex real estate needs for a growing market. We have worked with real estate agents and brokers in a number of different ways, including eviction and back rent for landlords and property managers, specific performance of real estate transactions, and even premises liability matters relating to brokers and agents.

social-image-logo-og-300x300If you have a need for a real estate attorney in the Rockwall, Dallas, Hunt or Kaufman County areas, you need to contact Guest and Gray Law Firm and let us begin reviewing your case and put together a plan of action. Whether it be simple contract review or preparing for a complex real estate litigation matter, Guest and Gray has got you covered. Give us a call today.

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Insurance-Claim-PictureGuest and Gray has represented countless victims after suffering horrific injuries in motorcycle accident cases. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the Rockwall and Kaufman County areas as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need to call the experienced motorcycle attorneys at Guest and Gray Law Firm. We have helped injured victims from Rockwall, Fate, Royse City, Forney, Terrell, Kaufman and everywhere in between in the Rockwall and Kaufman County areas.

Our knowledgeable staff will help you through the whole process, including making initial insurance claims, preparing the file by obtaining all relevant medical records and billing, as well as any lost wage information. We will help coordinate your rehab treatments and work with providers to ensure payment of providers claims once settlement dollars are received.

Our goal is to make the process as seamless and hassle-free as possible. Motorcycle accidents can take months, even years to recover from, and we work hard to ensure that any and all recovery is received as a result of your pain and suffering and mental anguish. We will prepare all necessary demands and court documents and we are prepared to take your case all the way to trial, if necessary.

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Got-served-300x200For many folks in Kaufman County, they will never have to deal with the stress and costs associated with civil litigation. However, if you are a small business owner, the chances of litigation will probably go way up. Either you are going to need to sue someone, or they are going to sue you. In today’s world, it is almost an inevitability that if you do business long enough, you will be involved in litigation at some point. Still, for most people, there is still a lot of potential out there for litigation to occur.

Own some rental property? You will probably have to evict someone at some point.  Drive a car? It is always possible that you could cause an accident and get yourself sued. Planning on having some work done on your home, or to build a home? You may end up having to sue a contractor or two.

Listen, the fact is this: lawsuits happen. Deals go sideways. When they do, you need to know who to call. Guest and Gray law firm is the highest and best rated local law firm. Our firm handles various forms of civil litigation, from general breach of contract claims, to real estate issues, landlord-tenant claims, fraud, personal injury, business and commercial litigation, and much more.

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handshakeGuest and Gray has been a fixture of Kaufman county for years. We are the largest and highest reviewed law firm in Kaufman county for a reason. We put our clients needs first. That is why more people choose Guest and Gray than any other law firm in Kaufman county. Period.

We have a team of attorneys with various areas of practice. Need a family law attorney? We have that. Need a criminal defense attorney? Yeah, we can do that. Personal Injury? Check.

Real estate law? You better believe it. We have real estate attorneys who know and understand the Kaufman county real estate market, home trends, and legal issues to watch out for, whether it be a residential or commercial property. David HagEstad, a member of our real estate law team, actually sold real estate in the Kaufman county area prior to practicing law. His knowledge of the real estate market and connections to the real estate community, as well as his knowledge of real estate law are a real commodity to our clients.

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personalinjury3-300x201Guest and Gray Law Firm is Kaufman and Rockwall county’s trusted, local personal injury law firm. We are a client driven and results oriented personal injury law firm. Our personal injury team is dedicated to serving the needs of the injured. Our personal injury practice is diverse, spanning from automobile accidents and 18-wheeler wrecks to dog attacks and beyond. No matter the case, our experienced attorneys and knowledgeable staff are prepared to take on the at-fault party and their insurance company.

We are a Local Firm, Dedicated to our Local Community.

We are not a big name Dallas law firm. We like it that way. We don’t have call centers full of assistants. We don’t have claims specialists running your case. We have lawyers dedicated to each matter who personally reviews your case and handles the negotiations with the at-fault party and their insurer. If you call our office, you can speak to your attorney, not their assistant or a claims specialist. Our staff is trained to handle the needs of each case. We do it this way not because we can’t do what those guys in Dallas do. We do it this way because we want to provide the best possible service to our local community. Our main office is in Forney, Texas. We also have an office in Rockwall to serve Rockwall county clients. This is where we are from. Scott Gray, one of our founding partners, graduated from Forney High School. David HagEstad, our personal injury associate graduated from Crandall High School. Most of our staff and assistants are local and grew up in the Kaufman county area. We believe in staying local and serving the community where we grew up. We believe this makes us uniquely capable of serving this area because, well, we know the area. We know what areas are particularly dangerous for drivers and where the majority of accidents occur. We know why. We know that Kaufman county and Rockwall county are experiencing unprecedented growth and that the increased traffic in areas like Rockwall, Forney and Terrell are leading to more accidents. We know that Terrell’s commercial growth will lead to more truck accidents and Forney’s residential growth will lead to more injury accidents involving passenger vehicles.

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GuestandGrayLogoAs a Kaufman, Rockwall and Dallas county personal injury lawyer, I know that traffic accidents happen for many different reasons. It could be inattention, unsafe driving, texting, messing with the radio and everything in between- including weather, such as rain and snow.

Anyone who has driven in Dallas on a rainy or snowy day knows that people lose all ability to properly maintain their vehicles. It’s like they’ve suddenly forgot how to drive and any manual they have is written in Greek. It is totally bizarre. The other day I literally saw someone drive into a middle barrier on the highway, for what appeared to be, no good reason at all. The person got out “okay” and no one was hurt. The person just seemed a little confused and blamed it on the wet road.

You Can Make a Claim On Another Driver Regardless of Weather Conditions

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Did it seem to you that there was a new accident report on an almost daily basis of an 18-Wheeler accident in Kaufman County last month? It seemed like every day inForney.com or some other news outlet was reporting on another accident involving a passenger vehicle and one or more 18-wheelers. inForney.com reported on at least 6 18-Wheeler accidents in September and since August 21st, they have reported on at least 8, including one that killed 3 travelers from Louisiana in a horrific, fiery crash just outside of Terrell.

At Guest and Gray, we are local personal injury lawyers skilled in going after trucking companies and their insurance companies after they negligently injure or kill people on our local roadways. We are committed to holding these companies accountable for the actions of their drivers to the fullest extent of the law.

As Kaufman county continues its explosive growth, these types of months will undoubtedly continue. The only way to really fight it and make these truckers, trucking companies and their insurers change their habits and attitudes is by holding them accountable. That is exactly what the experienced personal injury lawyers at Guest and Gray do every single day. We fight for the rights of the injured in everything that we do. We are their voice and our voice is loud.

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GuestandGrayLogoMost firms do things one way: they think that cases are one size fits all and clients are all one size fits all. If a problem comes up, they deal with it the same way they deal with any other client or legal problem. That creates a lot of conflict between the firm and some clients. It creates a disconnect. It is not personal.

Well, we don’t do things that way here at Guest and Gray Law Firm. Yeah, we run into disagreements with clients on how cases should be run. The fact that we will tell you that should say volumes about our firm. What really makes the difference , and our clients will tell you,is that we seek to find common ground. We strive to be better, both in the work we perform and the relationships we build with our clients. Here at Guest and Gray, we are proud to say that our services are in high demand. We love our clients and seek to provide the highest quality legal services that money can buy.

We want to provide the absolute best legal services around and a big part of that is building a relationship with the client. That is our highest priority. Period. We strive for openness, honesty and courtesy to all of our clients. The experience a client has while we are managing a legal problem for them is just as important as the outcome of their case.

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Recently, inForney.com broke the news that Kaufman County Deputy Constable, Grant Cousins, had pled guilty to perjury stemming from an investigation done by the Texas Rangers involving allegations of sexual assault of a woman that occurred at a gravel pit located in Kaufman county. The allegations stem from an evening when, according to the report, Deputy Cousins had the woman in his patrol car “looking for narcotics locations”. This raises real concerns for the Constable’s office, Kaufman County, and the Kaufman County citizenry (because they could be on the hook for any settlement proceeds the County may have to pay out to settle her claims).

So, if the alleged victim were to sue Kaufman county, what would the lawsuit be about? It will likely be a Section 1983 claim found under federal law. Deputy Cousins is a Deputy Constable and would therefore be considered a “state actor” for purposes of the Statute. There is a lot of interesting case law on this issue, because believe it or not, police officer malfeasance of this sort is not that uncommon, but one case in particular has stood out to me. In Fontana v. Haskins, that case dealt with a woman who had been arrested and was therefore in the custody of the police at the time of the alleged malfeasance. Apparently, officer Haskins made unwanted advances and attempted to touch Fontana inappropriately without her consent.

The Court discussed the case under fourth amendment and fourteenth amendment grounds and whether the federal district court had properly granted summary judgment in favor of the Defendant officer. They concluded that the district court had erred in their ruling and allowed the case to move forward for trial. What is particularly interesting for our purposes is that (1) the Court discussed the behavior as fourteenth amendment violations, i.e. violation of due process, conduct that shocks the conscience. They noted that while sexual misconduct of an officer of an arrested person implicates the fourth amendment, when a police officer commits a sexual offense to a general person, i.e., regular citizen, the court analyzes it under the fourteenth  amendment.

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Crash-on-I-20-300x129Kaufman County is growing and FAST. We are quickly transitioning from rural/agricultural to suburban landscape. What once was pastureland and rolling east Texas landscape is now turning into neighborhood after neighborhood and bustling street to bustling street. Especially the corridor between 175 in Crandall to Highway 80 in Forney and beyond. It seems like if you don’t pass through an area for a month or two the next time you go through a new neighborhood has popped up. Now, that is great for local businesses and the local economy, but such consistently high growth puts a strain on the transportation systems of these once smaller communities to make up for the additional drivers on the roads. This is Texas, afterall. Everyone has to drive because everything is at least a 20 minute drive.

TxDot recently released the 2017 crash statistics which has some positive and negative results for Kaufman county. First, the overall number of crashes is actually down. That’s right. Down. Kaufman county went from 2,008 total crashes in 2016 to 1,897 in 2017. We also saw a flatline in the number of injury accidents and incapacitating injury accidents, when taking into account the high number of new drivers on the roads, that is a positive. There were 177 non-incapactating accidents in 2016, and the number only moved to 179 in 2017 with an increase of only 3 additional injuries overall to 244 from 241. The number of serious accidents went way down from 118 to 78 and there were 108 serious injuries, down from 145 in 2016. That is a testament to the local communities efforts to upgrade the roadways to make them safer for local drivers.

The negative is that the number of fatality accidents are considerably up. In 2017 there were 27 fatality crashes that resulted in the deaths of 31 people. In 2016, there were only 21 fatality accidents resulting in 28 deaths. Overall, not that big of a jump in deaths, but the number of fatality crashes is up by almost a third. That has to be a worry for local communities moving forward as this county continues to grow and prosper under Texas’ strong economy. As jobs and housing continues to come into Kaufman county, we can only expect that this number will continue to rise.