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Overview of the Texas Court System

As a citizen of Texas, you will probably find yourself dealing with the state's court system at some point to resolve a legal issue, so it is important to understand how it works. The Texas court system is made up of five basic tiers. At the lowest level, local justice and municipal courts handle small claims cases, minor civil actions, misdemeanors and magistrate functions such as arrest and search warrants. Next, county-level courts have limited jurisdiction in some civil cases, misdemeanors, probate matters, juvenile cases and appeals.

At the middle level, the district courts handle civil cases of $200,000 or more, divorce cases, land titles, contested elections, felony trials and juvenile matters. Next are the 14 regional courts of appeals; these handle appeals from the trial courts in their districts. At the highest level, with final jurisdiction over statewide appeals, are the Supreme Court of Texas, which handles juvenile and civil appeals, and the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Texas Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated Texas attorney by location and by practice area. We have Texas attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Starting a Texas Business

There are more than 2 million small businesses in Texas. If you are thinking of starting one, you will be helping to strengthen its diverse economy as you help yourself. There are many fantastic free resources available at Texas Wide Open for Business and the Texas Business Portal. These websites can guide you on numerous topics, including starting and growing your business, financing your venture and understand target="_blank"ing tax laws and procedures.

Texas Business Statistics

Businesses are a vital part of the Texas economy. In 2010, there were almost 390,000 small businesses, more than 5,000 large businesses and nearly 2 million no-employee businesses in the state. The private sector employs more than 8 million people in Texas, and the government employs another 1.8 million.

In addition to having a strong small-business presence, Texas is home to many Fortune 500 companies, including three companies in the top 10: Exxon Mobil (XOM.N), Phillips 66 (PSX.N) and Valero Energy (VLO.N).