Lawyer wants comments to be clear

Sept. 10, 2013 at 4:10 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate

In the Sunday, Sept. 8, edition of the Victoria Advocate, I was quoted in the story titled "Goliad's $1 Million Mess." I believe a clarification is in order. I was asked by the reporter to offer a legal opinion on specific facts. My firm does not represent anyone involved in the story. I have done no investigation into the issues raised in the story and voiced no opinion regarding the conduct of the parties involved. I was shown several documents by the reporter that were represented to be contracts. I was asked specific questions relating to the documents shown to me. I did not seek to determine the authenticity of the documents or the circumstances under which they were prepared. At least one of the purported contracts shown to me did not have signatures. At least one of the purported contracts had maturity dates before the effective date of the contract. I gave an opinion that there may be issues regarding the enforceability of an unsigned contract and a contract with a maturity date before the effective date. It was and is my opinion that such contracts may very well be enforced, but issues regarding enforceability could be raised. I had no other involvement in the story.

Jim Cole, Victoria



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