"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, the right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property, together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can." -- Samuel Adams
The deep and abiding respect we give to the individual's property rights lies is one of the core values reflected in our Constitutions and laws. The Texas homestead has been described as "sacred". The rights of ownership and use of property are some of the most fundamental our system recognizes. Issues of separate and community property are only the beginning, not only in prenuptial planning or divorce, but also in matters as diverse as probate and debt collection. Management or occupancy rights, valuation and partition, appraisement for taxation, takings for public purposes only on just compensation, trespass (criminal and civil), boundary disputes, title questions, protection from creditors ... all deeply, personally, and abidingly affect us.