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Business Law


Bankruptcy Court-U.S. Western District of Texas
Links to official information from the Western District of Texas court system regarding calendar, addresses and filing information.

Hiring a Bankruptcy Attorney

A link to 13 tips to avoid hiring a bad bankruptcy attorney.


Consumer Credit Counseling of South Texas  

Links to site providing free budget counseling, educational programs, debt management assistance and housing counseling available online, by phone, in person, usually sponsored by credit card companies.


Intellectual Property

Links to agency web page with information about copyright registration and deposit of copyright material.

Links to agency web page to search patent and trademark database and information regarding the patent and trademark process in the United States.

Trademark Searches
Links to website providing free database search for trademarks.

Citizen Media Law Project
Provides information regarding your rights and responsibilities when publishing information online.



Debt Settlement

The Attorney General has a website that gives basic information about debt settlement and debt consolidation.  Debt settlement actually reduces the total amount you owe.  EXAMPLE:  If you owe $5000 to a credit card, you can negotiate to reduce the entire amount due (say, to $2500, for example), and you pay that off in one or more lump sums.  This is much more cost effective than debt consolidation. You can settle the debt on your own and do not have to pay a private company to do it for you.  The Attorney for Students office can help you through the process.

Debt Consolidation Basics

A link to's information about debt consolidation. The information is broken down into 5 short chapters and includes information about choosing credit counselors, managing debt, and home equity loans.


Suze Orman

Suze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times mega bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance.

Identity Theft

Federal Trade Commission
This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. 

Identity Theft Resource Center
Provides enterprise consulting and outsourced services related to information breach, fraud and identity theft.

Social Security Administration
Get a new or replace a Social Security Card, Apply for benefits, etc