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Michael W. Eaton

Michael W. Eaton

The Eaton Law Firm, PLLC
  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law...
  • Texas
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A 4th generation Texas lawyer with over 28 years of experience, Michael Eaton serves clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Colleyville, Grapevine, Coppell, Plano, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Irving, Frisco, McKinney, Allen, and surrounding North Texas areas.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Free Consultation
    Most services provided based upon hourly fee arrangements, but some matters are also handled on a flat fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
The Eaton Law Firm, PLLC
- Current
Provide representation and advice to clients regarding highly complex tax and finance structures for real estate acquisition and development, especially in the multifamily arena. Mr. Eaton has acted as borrower's counsel, developer's counsel, lender counsel or bond counsel in transactions totaling over $1,500,000,000 over the past 25+ years, and routinely advises high profile developers, institutional investors, national rating agencies, elected officials, and private individuals in these areas.
Managing Attorney
Eaton, Deaguero & Bishop, PLLC
Provide representation and advice to clients regarding highly complex tax and finance structures for real estate acquisition and development, especially in the multifamily arena. During his time with this firm, Mr. Eaton became nationally known as an expert on affordable housing finance and tax issues, especially federal and state tax exemptions available to affordable housing projects.
Eaton & Kemp, P.C.
All phases of client representation of businesses, real estate investors, real estate developers, and other businesses, including some of the first internet service providers (ISP's) in Texas.
Law Offices of Norman L. "Happy" Nelson, Jr.
Real estate and business practice focusing on HUD financing for multifamily and seniors projects.
Law Offices of Michael W. Eaton
Practice focusing on all aspects of business litigation and transactional matters.
Founding Texas Attorney
Hall & Vance LLP
Opened Texas office for California offshoot of Finley Kumble focusing on financial institution representation. The firm chose to withdraw from Texas at the end of 1987 because of expense considerations, and Mr. Eaton continued in active representation of developers, real estate investors, and a wide variety of businesses.
Page & Addison, P.C.
Advanced real estate and related litigation practice for a boutique law firm which represented more country clubs, private dining clubs, and city clubs than any other law firm in the nation, including representation of Club Corporation of America.
Assistant General Counsel
Kirby Oil, Inc.
All phases of client advising and representation on real estate, tax, and oil and gas issues for a large independent oil and gas producer.
Southern Methodist University
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Southern Methodist University
B.S. | Political Science/Economics
Honors: Graduated with Departmental Distinction
Auburn University
Austrian Economics
Honors: Certificate of Completion from Ludwig von Mises Institute
University of Texas - Dallas
Political Economy
Honors: Passed Comprehensive Examinations in Theory and Quantitative Methods
Decade of Service Award
Texas Lawyers Assistance Program
Award for representing TLAP for over a decade at speaking appearances sponsored by the Texas Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism.
Eisenhower Commission
Republican National Committee
The Eisenhower Commission is awarded for outstanding service and dedication demonstrated by a Life Member of the Republican National Committee.
Professional Associations
Northeast Tarrant County Bar Association
- Current
National Association of Bond Lawyers
- Current
Federalist Society
- Current
National Republican Lawyers Association
- Current
Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas
Attorney Monitor
- Current
Activities: Act as attorney monitor for lawyers whose licenses have bee suspended and for whom monitoring is a condition of their suspension or probation.
Texas Board of Law Examiners
Attorney Monitor
- Current
Activities: Act as attorney monitor for newly licensed Texas lawyers given a probationary license.
Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers
Past President, Dallas Chapter 1999-2000
- Current
Activities: Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) is a group which provides support and guidance for lawyers suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health issues. LCL works closely with the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program to provide treatment and recovery options for lawyers, law students and judges who suffer form substance abuse and mental health issues.
Texas Lawyer Assistance Program
Attorney Volunteer
- Current
Activities: Act on behalf of TLAP communicating and aiding lawyers, law students, and judges with alcohol, substance abuse, or mental health issues that impact their ability to practice law.
Texas State Bar # 06383800
- Current
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. If I won a ring worth 15k would I have to pay taxes on it since it was a prize?
A: The short answer is "yes". The only open question is that of what tax year is the proper one for reporting.
Q. Do I need a lawyer to assist with settling back taxes
A: As a general rule, you will save time, money, and frustration by having a tax professional represent you in any situation in which you owe taxes. It is especially true in cases of federal income taxes that a qualified tax attorney can be your best asset, and in many cases, the amount of money which you can save by using a qualified attorney more than offsets the cost of representation. We represent taxpayers in all variety of federal tax matters, and invite your inquiry. You may review our information at
Q. Dallas county is charging personal property tax on my motorhome. is that legal. texas tax code 42.002 (9).
A: I don't know what Tax Code you are looking at but there is no Sec. 42.002 of the Texas Tax Code. and Sec. 42 that is in the Code deals exclusively with Judicial Review of tax assessments. The relevant portion of the Code is as follows: Sec. 11.14. TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY NOT PRODUCING INCOME. (a) A person is entitled to an exemption from taxation of all tangible personal property, other than manufactured homes, that the person owns and that is not held or used for production of income. This subsection does not exempt from taxation a structure that a person owns which is substantially affixed to real estate and is used or occupied as a residential dwelling. (b) In this section: (1) "Manufactured home" has the meaning assigned by Section 11.432. (2) "Structure" does not include a vehicle that: (A) is a trailer-type unit designed primarily for use as temporary living quarters in connection with recreational, camping, travel, or seasonal use; (B) is built on a single chassis mounted on wheels; (C) has a gross trailer area in the set-up mode of 400 square feet or less; and (D) is certified by the manufacturer as complying with American National Standards Institute Standard A119.5. So, yes, a motor home is definitely taxable, as it is expressly excluded form the exemption from taxation for non-income producing personal property.
Q. Do i need to report a seetlement in my w2 taxes
A: It all depends on the nature of the settlement. If the settlement is for an injury, for example, the IRS treats that as a "like kind exchange", and no tax is due for the portion of the settlement that is specifically allocated to the injury. However, any portion of a settlement which is for lost wages, for example, is merely paying you through a settlement, what you would have otherwise earned and paid taxes on, so that portion of the settlement is taxable as ordinary income. tax aspects of any settlement should be discussed and alternative tax scenarios explored with counsel before accepting any form of settlement.
Q. Can my hoa talk in public about my HOA' dues being behind in public?
A: It depends on what you mean "in public" and how they do so. Under some circumstances, even if that is true, it could be actionable against the HOA, for various tort causes of action including making private facts public, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. if the making public is simply a report listing HOA members who are delinquent and that written record can be accessed by the public, as uncomfortable as that might be, it is probably a legal exercise of the HOA's rights.
Q. House built with cash how to get deed or title
A: I assume you have a deed for the land upon which the house is built. The general rule is that all permanent improvements constructed on any land become a fixture on the land and are part and parcel of the real estate for purposes of title. In other words, if you have a deed for the underlying land, and you build a house on it, you already have a deed for the house. In the event that you need to do any cash-out refinance, or a sale or other transfer of the property, you simply have the deed exhibit include the real property and improvements, since the legal description is not of the improvements themselves, but of the real property by metes and bounds or by lot and block.
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