The Texas Real Estate Commission in November proposed changes to Section 537.11, Use of Standard Contract Forms. The new language amends the exceptions to the requirement that a license holder use a commission-approved contract form and clarifies what is considered the unauthorized practice of law.

The current rule allows a broker to use an attorney to draft a contract form for a party to use in a transaction when TREC has no mandatory form in place. The proposed rule removes this option and would require parties to engage an attorney to draft a contract document or for the parties to write the contract language themselves.

This proposed rule change would not apply to a contract in which the license holder is a principal.

Read the full list of rule proposals in the Texas Register, and send any comments by Dec. 25 to the Texas Real Estate Commission.