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Joshua Cummings

  • Josh’s Biography

    Joshua Cummings has been a member of Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP since 2007.

    In 2018, he was part of the first ever group of attorneys certified for Property Owners Association Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As of January 1, 2024, he is the only attorney with this certification in Hidalgo County and Cameron County. He has been selected to author and present papers at the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Property Owners Association seminars for the past four years. Previously, the paper he presented and co-authored on short-term rentals and property owners associations was selected as one of the ten best at the 41st Annual Advanced Real Estate Law seminar presented by The State Bar of Texas.

    In 2022, he was the first practicing Hidalgo County attorney in forty-one years to become certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. As of January 1, 2024, he is one of three attorneys with this certification in Hidalgo County and Cameron County.

    Mr. Cummings is the only attorney in the State of Texas with the combined certifications of Property Owners Association Law and Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    Mr. Cummings was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Hidalgo County Bar Association and Hidalgo County Bar Foundation for 2015-2016. He currently serves on the board of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, Juan Diego Academy and the McAllen Country Club.

    He is admitted to practice in Texas, U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, and U.S. District Court Western District of Texas. Besides being a member of the American Bar Association, Community Association Institute (CAI), RGV Estate Planning Council, The College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Bar Foundation.

    He is a native Texan, who has been practicing in Rio Grande Valley since graduating from Baylor University with a law degree and bachelor’s degree in economics. Mr. and Mrs. Cummings are the proud parents of three daughters, who enjoy spending time playing tennis and visiting South Padre Island.

  • Bar Admissions
    • Texas, 2006
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2007
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2012
  • Education
    • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, 2006 JD
      Honors: Order of the Barristers
      Area of Concentration: Estate Planning and Probate
    • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 2003
      B.A.
      Major: Economics
  • Certifications
    • Board Certified in Property Owners Association Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Certified Attorney Ad Litem, Texas Estates Code
  • Presentations & Publications
    • “Creation, Termination, and Resurrection of Defunct POAs” presented at and published through: Advanced Property Owners Association Law- The State Bar of Texas, September 22, 2023.
    • “POA Communities For Over 55: Establishing and Preserving Your Housing For Older Persons Status” presented at and published through: Advanced Property Owners Association Law- The State Bar of Texas, September 9, 2022.
    • “Keeping and Production of Books & Records of POAs: Survival Tips For a World of Whataboutism” presented at and published through: Advanced Property Owners Association Law- The State Bar of Texas, September 22, 2021.
    • “POA Attorney Communications with Delinquent Owenrs: Tips and Traps” presented at and published through: Advanced Property Owners Association Law- The State Bar of Texas, September 15, 2020.
    • “Ten Things You Should Know About Property Owners Associations Before Your Next Real Estate Closing” presented at and published through: Hidalgo County Bar Association- Real Estate Section Meeting, June 23, 2020.
    • “The Aftermath of Creating a Short-Term Rental: Reconciling Restrictions, Governmental Regulation, and Owner Rights” presented at and published through: 41st Annual Advanced Real Estate Law- The State Bar of Texas, July 11-13, 2019, which was selected to be part of TexasBarCLE’s “Best of the 2019 Advanced Real Estate Law Course.”
    • “Transfer on Death Deeds and Lady Bird Deeds” presented at: Hidalgo County Bar Association- Estate Planning/Probate Section Meeting, April 4, 2019, published through The Summons Newsletter: A Publication of the Hidalgo County Bar Association, April 2019.
  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • Valley Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors
    • Juan Diego Academy Board of Trustees
    • McAllen Country Club Board of Directors
    • Hidalgo County Bar Association & Hidalgo County Bar Foundation: Former President, Treasurer, Director, and Co-Chair of Real Estate Section
    • American Bar Association, Real Estate and Probate Sections
    • College of the State Bar
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • Community Associations Institute, Member
    • RGV Leadership, Class of 2016
    • Leadership McAllen, Class XXXIII
    • RGV Estate Planning Council