Plano TX Eviction Attorney

Evictions are easy, right? I often hear that from landlords who balk at hiring an experienced Plano eviction attorney. You know the type. The salty dog landlord who has been renting properties since Nixon was in office. I like asking this type of landlord if he filed his Affidavit of Non-Military Service. “Of course!” he responds. You see – you have to file this affidavit. But then I follow up with another question. “Which form did you pull down from the U.S. Department of Defense’s database in support of your affidavit?” Their response is typically a blank stare. Some will deny this is necessary. But it is. How does the landlord really know his tenant isn’t in the military? He doesn’t. He guessed. More than that, he committed perjury. Don’t be that guy….

It kills me that these landlords presume to understand everything there is to know about the complex procedural, statutory, and case laws that comprises the Texas eviction. I have a doctorate in Texas law and I still have to study this stuff every day!

Handling an eviction without an attorney is foolish. And using an attorney who is unfamiliar with Texas eviction law is just as foolish. You need an experienced Plano eviction attorney.


Here are some of the ways our Texas real estate lawyers help the Plano TX community:

  • Representation of Plano landlords at all levels of eviction (Justice of the Peace to the Texas Supreme Court)
  • Handling creditor bankruptcy
  • Helping file suits against tenants for damages and nonpayment of rent
  • Defending landlords from suits
  • Collections against tenants
  • Responding to demands for security deposit accountings, anonymity structures, or property shelters
  • and many more!
Marc Girling, Featured attorney


How to Get to Our Plano Office

If you want to meet with one of our real estate attorney for landlords at our other office location, follow the driving directions below. From our Dallas Forth Worth office at 6340 Davis Blvd, Suite 100, North Richland Hills TX 76180:

  • Head east and turn right onto Browder St.
  • Turn right onto Canton St, then turn left onto the I-35E ramp.
  • Use the 2nd from the right lane to keep left at the fork and continue toward I-35E
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-35E N/Denton
  • Keep left and merge onto I-35E
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 429B toward Dallas North Tollway
  • Take the exit toward Legacy Dr
  • Merge onto Dallas Pkwy
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Legacy Dr
  • Turn right onto Coit Rd. Our Plano TX office will be on the right.

Why an EXPERIENCED Plano Eviction Attorney Makes a BIG Difference

It’s a little known fact, but it’s true: virtually no law schools include substantive training on evictions. So your cousin’s nephew… The one who graduated from law school last year? Yeah – using that guy would be really bad idea! Just because an attorney is qualified to handle your eviction, doesn’t mean he will be good at it!

I know a lot of great attorneys. But I don’t know of any who know eviction as well as me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not bragging. Those other attorneys are experts in their fields. They do what they do a lot. Likewise, I do a lot of eviction. If one of those other really good attorneys I know showed up in a Plano eviction court, I would probably run circles around them. I have the home field advantage. They’re in my house! They’re going to be strangers to the Judge. And those other attorneys likely won’t be familiar with the different procedural rules in eviction court.

Never hire a family lawyer to do an eviction. That’s like hiring a foot doctor when you need brain surgery! You need an eviction attorney. And you don’t need just any eviction attorney. You need a Plano eviction attorney.

Call now for Free Consultation (Landlords Only)

972 232-7080

Don’t be that salty dog landlord!!

The Skinny on the Plano Eviction Process

The Texas eviction process is designed to be speedy. It’s also designed to be uncomplicated. Unfortunately, the Texas Legislature’s best efforts to make evictions uncomplicated appears to have all but backfired. Some evictions are uncomplicated. Not most. Some. Let’s look at the eviction process. This is a very high-level view of what you’re in for.

The Notice to Vacate

Your eviction will need to start with sending a notice to vacate. Be careful, though! There are lawful ways to send a notice to vacate, and there are unlawful ways to send a notice to vacate. Here’s the crazy part – there are lawful ways to send notices to vacate that you can’t prove in court! Those delivery methods are completely useless!! You can learn more about notices to vacate here.

The Petition

After your notice to vacate period ends, you can file your petition. But be careful here, too! You can easily paint yourself into a corner. You want to make sure that even if your tenant pays rent after you sue, you can still proceed with the eviction.

When you file your petition, the Court Clerk will schedule an eviction trial a few weeks out. In the meantime, the Constable will serve eviction papers on your tenant.

The Trial

The Boy Scouts were right: you need to be prepared! This means, you need to have admissible evidence ready for the Judge to review. You need to have the correct number of copies of your documents. If you need photographic evidence, you need to have some way of proving when those photos were taken. You need to have all of your pleadings filed. This includes at least one notice and one affidavit.

If you’re going to insist on representing yourself, your Justice of the Peace won’t expect you to know everything a Plano eviction attorney knows. But your Judge will expect you to properly prove up your case. He will also expect you to comply with Texas law. So, it will be your responsibility to find that law and interpret it properly.

After the Trial

Following trial, and assuming you win a judgment against your tenant, you will need to wait a specified period of time before applying for a writ. After the writ issues, you will need to coordinate with the Constable for the forcible removal. The Constable supervises the move; he won’t actually do the moving. There are some reasons as to why you should use professional movers. And there are movers with experience with this sort of thing.

Whew! That’s going to be one heck of a cram session if you do it on your own…. If you would like more detail on the eviction process, check out my TOTALLY FREE book, The 10 Biggest Mistakes Texas Landlords Make in Eviction Court. This book was written by me – a Plano eviction attorney! Not some family attorney who does evictions “on the side.” Oh – and by “totally free,” I mean that I will even pay your postage!

Call now for Free Consultation (Landlords Only)

972 232-7080

Don’t be that salty dog landlord!!