Published on:

RockwallHarbor2Guest and Gray, P.C. is a local law firm in Rockwall and Kaufman counties, that is focused on serving its local community. Guest and Gray, P.C.’s Rockwall county personal injury lawyers have one goal: fighting for the rights of injured Rockwall, Fate, Royse City, and the surrounding areas, including Rowlett.

We have helped countless Rockwall citizens recover top dollar against negligent drivers and their insurance companies. With our experience and knowledge of personal injury law, we fight tooth and nail with the insurance companies to ensure that our clients are fully compensated for their injuries, including damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and much more.

social-image-logo-og-300x300Injured in a Rockwall Personal Injury Accident?

Published on:

Scales-300x132Wrongful Death cases are hard on everyone involved. When a tragedy occurs that results in the loss of life of a loved one, it can be hard to understand what you need to do next. Here is a simple break down of the steps that the family of a deceased individual who has been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence must take in order to secure recovery after a wrongful death occurs.

What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death is defined in Texas under Chapter 71 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code provides a cause of action under the following circumstances:

Published on:

GuestandGrayLogoGuest and Gray, P.C. is the advocate of choice for landowners from Kaufman county, Rockwall county and Hunt county. We service all areas of Northeast Texas, from Forney to Farmersville, Greenville to Terrell, and all outlying areas of East and Northeast Texas.  We have a 100% success rate in obtaining additional compensation for our clients who face condemnation by a condemning authority. Our goal is to fight for the rights of landowners against the unfair process of eminent domain.

In all condemnation proceedings, there are two things that the government, or their authorized entity, such as a water district or electricity provider, must demonstrate: that the taking is for a “public use”, and they must pay the landowner “just compensation”.

These are hard and fast rules, but what exactly constitutes a “public use” and “just compensation” can be a bit of a mystery.

Published on:

EastTexasOilFieldOver the last several years, residents of more rural parts of northeast Texas have been victimized by TxDot, water districts, electric companies and co-ops, and the very cities and counties in which they live, all in the name of progress and purported “necessity”.

Eminent Domain is a real threat to landowners in Texas. Every single day, somewhere in this great state, someone is receiving a letter for the first time letting them know that their property is located within a region being taken for a public use and that they should “contact ____” for more information.

For the landowner, it can be heartbreaking. For someone who has built their dream home, having to give up part or all of that property for a new highway, or transmission towers, or a pipeline, is devastating. In most cases, we have rural landowners, ranchers and farmers, who are being burdened by the advancement of the population. We need pipelines, transmission towers and roadways, but that does not make it any easier for the landowner who’s property is being taken for the “greater good”.

Published on:

Most people that I have talked to about the proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico Border have been surprised to hear that the federal government does not already own the land necessary to build the wall. The next question that I receive is: well, does that mean that they have to take private landowners’ property away from them?

Well, yes, under the guise of eminent domain.

Eminent domain is the method by which the federal government will be required to pay the local borderlands property owners “just compensation” for the land they plan to use for the proposed border wall. “Just compensation” is measured by the fair market value of the land at the time of the taking. Exxon Pipeline Co. v. Zwahr, 88 S.W.3d 623, 627 (Tex. 2002).  Market value is the price the property will bring when offered for sale by one who desires to sell, but is not obliged to sell, and is bought by one who desires to buy, but is under no necessity of buying. City of Harlingen v. Estate of Sharboneau, 48 S.W.3d 177, 182 (Tex. 2001). The owner of the property can testify to its market value, even if he could not qualify to testify about the value of the property belonging to someone else. Porras v. Craig, 675 S.W.2d 503, 504 (Tex. 1984); see also Redman Homes, Inc. v. Ivy, 920 S.W.2d 664, 669 (Tex. 1996).

Published on:

Truckaccidents-300x132Guest and Gray is the experienced legal team that you need to fight the insurance company after being injured in an 18-Wheeler accident. These are by and large, the most dangerous accidents to be involved in, and because of that, they are often to most contentious. The trucking company and their insurance company want to limit the amount of money they pay out as a result of your injuries. You need someone who is going to fight back. At Guest and Gray, we fight back.

Let us be your guide through the murky waters of truck accident litigation. Our firm will take you step-by-step through the process of making insurance claims, securing evidence and witness testimony and gathering all of your medical  and lost wages information.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible for the injured party and their loved ones. If the accident resulted in loss of life, we will prepare the family members for what litigation may look like in a major truck accident case. We will help guide you through the wrongful death and survivors claims that will need to be made and when they need to be made. We will coordinate all the payments to providers and lienholders once settlement dollars are received, and make a final payment to the Estate or the family members as necessary.

Published on:

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.

Published on:

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.

Published on:

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.

Published on:

ForneyPicForney is a town on the move. Literally. Even those of us who live in the city have to drive to get anywhere we want to go. Nothing is in walking distance. That is okay. As residents of Dallas-Fort Worth we are well accustomed to driving every where we go.

Guest and Gray Law Firm, P.C. has called Forney, Texas home for decades. Scott Gray and his father, Don Gray, served Forney for decades before joining forces with Robert Guest to become Guest and Gray in 2011. Most of our staff and several of our attorneys, including the author of this article, grew up in the Forney and Kaufman county areas (the author is from Crandall. Don’t hold that against me) and we have seen the exponential growth that is happening in our city and our county. Here is looking at you Terrell and Crandall.

What I have notice, just in the past year, is that if I fail to drive on one side of town for a while, when I finally do, there is a new neighborhood where a piece of land once stood. For instance, that I-20 corridor near FM 1641. There is a new neighborhood over there that I didn’t notice for about 6 months. I came back from court that way one day and BAM, there is a neighborhood off to the left. An entire neighborhood. Well, howdy new neighbors.

Contact Information