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Channeling your inner Google: A small business guide to attracting and retaining talent

Google, Lululemon, Southwest Airlines, In-N-Out-Burger — what do these companies from completely different industries have in common? They all receive consistent, favorable comments and ratings from their employees, landing them top ten spots on Glassdoor’s list of the best places to work in 2019. We’ve all heard about Google’s amenities, such as nap pods and snack bars.
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Fitted for Success

When third-year St. Mary’s University School of Law student Tanisha Taylor walked into the Patel Gaines San Antonio law office for a small reception last week, the last thing she expected was that she’d be fitted for a custom-tailored suit.

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San Antonio lawyer launching pro sports agency

Patel Gaines’ managing partner launching NBA-focused pro sports agency.
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5 tips for managing your C-level role and your life

The balance of life and work or work and life is an age-old struggle facing many professionals. We all have school activities, work deadlines or general life stuff, and it can be overwhelming to juggle it all. Compound that with overseeing a rapidly growing business and you’ll understand the position I found myself in a year or so ago.

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Alamo Angels Names Kim Biffle as its new Executive Director

We are living in exciting times and must meet our challenges and opportunities with the help of extraordinary leaders.
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Why Texas property taxes are expected to skyrocket again this year

Texas has one of the highest property tax rates in the country. That’s not likely to change. This year, property values are expected to increase again because several of the state’s critical funding needs remain unresolved.
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Hays County Appraisal District sees record number of protests

Rising property values and a record number of protests are causing heartburn for residents, highlighting a statewide discussion on the property appraisal system.
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How to protest your property valuation

Property is re-evaluated annually, and those values continue increasing, along with the taxes attached to them. But the values set by government appraisers aren’t always accurate. That’s why it’s crucial for property owners to understand how to protest an unfair or inaccurate valuation.
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Texas property appraisal system needs a major revamp

It’s a flawed system that pushes the cost of living and doing business in the state higher and leaves many property owners with few alternatives other than litigation to try to keep those costs under control, says Rahul Patel of Patel|Gaines, one of the state’s leading property tax attorneys.
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Local Governments Can Pose A Problem For Hotel Developers

In many cases, local citizens oppose hotel development out of fear it will lower property values and negatively impact quality of life. Along with resistance from the community, existing hotels may push back, fearing more competition in a busy market.
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Rahul Patel Co-Leads one of the Fastest-Growing Law Firms in the Country


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Tax Valuations Require Transparency

It’s pretty much a fact that property taxes go up annually in Texas. Proposals such as caps on annual increases and sales price disclosure on commercial properties ignore the root of the problem of the annual increases, GlobeSt.com learns.
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Abolishing Appraisal Districts is Not the Answer to Skyrocketing Values

One of the proposals floated at the Texas Republican Party convention in San Antonio over the weekend was one to abolish local Appraisal Districts and use only sales prices to set the property's value, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
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Property tax bills inflict fresh wounds

Every year, we vent our rage because our property tax bills go up. Lately, they have gone up a lot. We’re wounded yet again. But serious, fundamental change isn’t happening. Why? Because we’re underthinking the problem and rushing to find a Band-Aid for the wound.
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Property tax fix starts with appraisal review boards

As an attorney who has represented hundreds of property owners in appraisal review hearings, I can tell you first-hand that many appraisal review board members simply are not qualified to handle complex residential or commercial valuations. Setting a value on a $75,000 condo is in no way comparable to doing so on an $80-million commercial property. Complex valuations should be handled by qualified appraisers or experts.
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Okay, You Have Appealed Your Property Appraisal. Now What?

Real estate attorney Rahul Patel of the firm of Patel Gaines says you will get a notice in the mail advising you of an informal hearing, where you will discuss your appeal with an individual appraiser. He says the appraisal district will try to 'work things out' with you then.
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Better ways to assess property for tax purposes in Texas

The appraisal review boards play a critical role. When a property owner isn’t satisfied with the appraised value and hasn’t been able to negotiate an acceptable amount with the appraisal district, the review board is the next step.
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Are Dark Clouds Ahead for Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities


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Small San Antonio Firm Finds Success as it Adopts Startup Strategies and Rejects Old-School Ways

Patel Gaines' founding partners say they have figured out how to be fast, efficient and innovative and still offer value to their clients.
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Key Money Incentives: To Take Or To Pass?


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