Texas Real Estate Law
Business Law
Asset Protection in Texas

David J. Willis Attorney & Broker
Houston, Texas

Real Estate Law

Houston Texas real estate attorney David J. Willis offers real estate law services online at reasonable fees.

Business Law

Online services available for consultations, LLC formation, investor transactions, and preparation of business documents.

Asset Protection

Make a plan to defend your assets from lawsuits and judgments. Start with an Asset Protection Review.


Thank you for visiting our website, a service of David J. Willis Attorney & Broker of Houston, Texas. We represent buyers, sellers, and investors in Texas real estate transactions, prepare a wide variety of documents for businesses, and generate comprehensive plans for the protection of our clients’ assets.

Our goal is the prompt delivery of high-quality custom services and documentation with an emphasis on creative solutions and asset protection. More than a traditional law firm, we also offer a full range of legal services online, having successfully assisted over a thousand online clients.

Read our 175+ five-star Google Reviews and our 50+ articles on real estate, business law, and asset protection, then contact us with a description of your case. View our fees and process for consultations as well as a comprehensive list of available legal services.  Check here for frequently asked questions about our online process and fees. If interested in asset protection, review our most common asset protection structures for real estate investors.  Those seeking advice or representation in a real estate transaction should view options for real estate representation.

“David’s knowledge of real estate law and transactions is superb . . . I have never encountered a more efficient or thorough process than that offered by David. I highly recommend him and his firm for any real estate related legal or transactional needs. He is simply impressive!”

Our Book: Real Estate Law & Asset Protection for Texas Real Estate Investors

Real Estate Law and Asset Protection 2020 Edition

2020 Edition – 452 Pages

“As an attorney I am familiar with David Willis’ expertise in real estate. If David wrote it, you can depend on it! I highly recommend David’s book.”

Online Services Available

Consultations and most routine document preparation tasks may now be handled online without the need for an office visit. Our online process has proven efficient and popular with clients because it is unrushed, there is ample opportunity for Q&A (the allotted attorney time may be spread over three days), and the client has a written email record of advice given. A follow-up phone or video call is available if needed. Read a detailed explanation of our online consultation process and fees.

“I’m an old school kind of guy so I prefer face-to-face meetings but David was only available for an online appointment when I needed him . . . . and I couldn’t be happier. David was thorough and prompt in his responses and the process was very smooth, informative, and educational.”

Faraad Mohamed

Real Estate and Business Legal Services

Real Estate Consultations & Documents

Consultations on Texas residential and commercial real estate issues including review/comment on TREC and TAR sales contracts, title commitments, and closing documents

Texas earnest money contracts (TREC and TAR), warranty deeds, real estate lien notes, deeds of trust, leases, liens and lien releases, assignments, options, and affidavits

Creative real estate documentation for assumptions, owner financing, wraparounds, “subject to” deals, hard-money loans, and land trusts

Dodd-Frank and the SAFE Act (excluding RMLO services)

Real estate investor documentation, including flips, “subject to” transactions, wholesaling, and wraparounds

Leases and assignment of leases for residential and commercial properties

Lien release against the homestead

Foreclosures and evictions in the Houston area

Clearing title to heirship property

Curing title commitment issues

Real estate documents for Texas divorce settlements

Representation in Real Estate Transactions

Representation in residential transactions (click for fees and process)

Purchase and sale of commercial real estate

Combined broker/lawyer representation in the entire transaction (discounted commission)

Clearing title issues and meeting title company requirements

Representation in lender/loan matters

Hard-money Lending

Trusts and Estate Planning

Living trusts for the homestead

Land trusts and anonymity trusts for real estate investors

Trusts used in conjunction with anonymity LLC formation

Estate planning for real estate investors

Business Law

Consultations, contracts, and transactions

Entity-structuring strategies for start-ups and existing businesses

Traditional and Series LLCs, partnerships, and joint ventures

Purchase and Sale of Texas businesses

Purchase and Sale of commercial real estate

Loan documentation for business borrowers, lenders, and venture capital

Meeting requirements of lenders and title companies

Litigation and dispute resolution

See our 50+ articles on real estate, business law, and asset protection

Asset Protection – Entity Structuring

Our entity-formation advice is designed to achieve an asset protection structure that minimizes liability, maximizes anonymity, deters lawsuits, and insulates assets from judgments. We are often able to simplify the way our clients do business while significantly improving their asset protection.  For a visual approach, see various graphics of asset protection structures.

Series LLCs in Texas and Nevada

We form both traditional and series LLCs in Texas and Nevada. Inquire about our recommended two-company structure for real estate investors. Most investors do not need a more elaborate structure than this. Also, if you have an existing traditional LLC or series LLC that was formed with only a minimal filing, we can re-document it with all new, professional-level documents and bring it current and up to par. We also handle conversions to a series LLC and from member-managed to manager-managed companies.

“David helped me every step of the way setting up my LLC. The process was incredibly well organized. He informed me of multiple options and provided guidance that I didn’t even realize I needed. Fees are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of service received. Highly recommend!”

David Willis with Rita Santamaria, Owner of Champions, Real Estate Schools

David Willis with Rita Santamaria, Owner of Champions Real Estate Schools

Asset Protection Review (APR )

The APR is a thorough analysis of circumstances and goals with recommendations for action. It is a good starting point if a client is uncertain about what action to take regarding a business or investment structure or defending assets. In terms of format, the APR is a dialogue between attorney and client, rather than a formal report. It is conducted entirely online, supplemented by phone or video call if necessary. The APR may utilize up to two hours of attorney time and automatically concludes after three days.

“David’s business model is simple, efficient, and transparent, and his fees are fair and reasonable. David has tremendous knowledge of the law in his area of practice. He wrote the book!”

Asset Protection – Ongoing Retainer

Clients facing a lawsuit or judgment need expert and ongoing guidance when it comes to protecting vulnerable assets and facilitating permissible transfers. We utilize the Texas Constitution, the Property Code, and Texas case law to protect the homestead, wages and salaries, retirement plans, and certain personal property from execution on a judgment. It is not uncommon for our asset protection planning to save a client tens of thousands of dollars.

“Six years ago, David guided me through implementing an asset protection plan. I was sued by two major banks. Both got six-figure judgments but no one collected a dime. David knows real estate law and asset protection!”

LLC Books

We form traditional LLCs and Series LLCs in Texas and Nevada

Asset Protection – Shelf Companies

We have a limited inventory of established Texas shelf LLCs and Nevada shelf LLCs that include our best anonymity and asset protection features including ageing and assumed names (see available shelf companies). Shelf companies begin at $3,250 and are ready for shipment to clients for whom time is a critical factor. Reasons to consider a shelf company.

“David Willis is an excellent attorney. His online process was very efficient and easy. He obviously has this down to a science. He is by far the easiest attorney I’ve ever dealt with. I give him my highest possible recommendation without reservation.”

Legal Fees

Legal fees begin at $350. We are primarily a flat-fee office although hourly billing and retainer arrangements may be available in certain cases. Fees for in-office services are higher. View our consultation fees. We strive for 100% transparency so we also post a comprehensive fee schedule which includes policies and terms of service that apply to all clients without exception.

Qualifications and Experience

David J. Willis is a double board certified Texas lawyer on the cutting edge of the intersection of real estate law and asset protection. The innovative concepts and methods described in his book Real Estate Law & Asset Protection for Texas Real Estate Investors are changing the ways investors structure their Texas real estate investments.  See our 50+ articles on real estate, business law, and asset protection.

Board Certified
Residential Real Estate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified
Commercial Real Estate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Real Estate Broker

AV Rated for Ethical Standards and Professional Ability

Personal: Commercial pilot, black belt,
Colorado hiker. USC (JD), UH (LLM)

David J. Willis

Texas Real Estate Attorney

David and his staff were incredibly professional and quick with our new LLC setup and conversion and were able to do it all online. He is straightforward and will tell you what you can expect up front. We will be using his firm for our LLC needs in the future.

Read our 175+ Five-Star Google Reviews

Ethics and Confidentiality

Your inquiry is entirely confidential. Adherence to high standards of ethics is part of our firm philosophy. We subscribe to The Texas Lawyer’s Creed and the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Realtors.

Texas Real Estate Attorney

The principal location of the law office of David J. Willis Attorney is Houston, Texas although our practice is statewide. We serve Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Montgomery County as well as Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Conroe, Galveston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Midland, Brownsville, El Paso, and all areas of Texas. Mr. Willis counsels clients in Texas real estate law, Texas business law, and is a Texas asset protection attorney for anyone forming an entity such as a real estate partnership or joint venture, a Texas series LLC, or a Nevada series LLC.

“Attorney David J Willis’ online service in preparing and providing my legal documents was not only quality service, but I was able to receive my documents the same day. Everything was clear and concise and very professional.”

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