ESTATE PLANNING is the process of anticipating and arranging, in an orderly and intentional manner, the management and distribution of property and assets upon disability and/or death.   To achieve your goals, we often use and prepare one or more of these documents:  wills, family trusts, insurance trusts, powers of attorney, family limited partnerships, directives to physicians (commonly known as "Living Wills"), and designation of guardians for adults and/or minors.  While these are the most common tools needed, we have the experience to provide you with all of the tools you will need to achieve your estate planning goals.


PROBATE is the legal process of winding up the affairs of a person who has passed away.  This process often involves validating a will and interpreting the intent and instructions contained in a will.  Additionally assets need to be identified and inventoried, debts and taxes need to be paid, and the balance of the estate distributed according to the provisions in a will or, if no will, then as provided by our Texas Estates Code.  Each estate is different, like each of us, and often the process can be streamlined through alternatives provided by our Texas probate laws.  An experienced professional should be consulted to make sure all issues are addressed in a timely fashion so as to avoid costly mistakes and unforeseen surprises in the future.  Even if there is no will, there are alternatives and procedures to provide for the orderly administration and distribution of an estate.   Some people plan their estates with the intent of avoiding probate altogether, through the use of trusts, beneficiary designations, or lifetime transfers.  An experienced attorney can review your specific circumstances to make sure you are informed and protected from unexpected legal complications.


BUSINESS ORGANIZATION is an area of the law which relates to the numerous ways a business may be formed, managed, and operated under state laws.  The most common form of business organization is a corporation, with shareholders, board of directors, and officers.  However, your unique circumstances may best be suited for a limited liability company (LLC), an S Corporation, a general partnership, a limited partnership, or other business form.  An experienced attorney provides information and advice you can trust in selecting the best entity to meet your objectives and needs.  In addition to creation of a new business, sometimes disputes arise between business owners, employees, and other interested individuals which lead to conflict, disputes, and even lawsuits.  We want to help you prevent and resolve conflict promptly and efficiently.  However, some conflicts cannot be avoided despite your best efforts and you need an advocate to protect your investment and interest in your business venture.  Our attorneys are also experienced in litigating these types of disputes, mindful of your objectives and budget.


PERSONAL INJURY is an area of the law allows for the recovery money damages to those who are injured due to the negligent or intentional actions of another under certain circumstances.  Often our clients are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident or the result of a slip and fall on the premises of another.  If you have been injured, either unintentionally or intentionally, because of someone else's actions, conduct, or failure to act, you should consult with an experienced attorney to discuss what legal alternatives and options are available to you.  For example, the law provides for compensation, or damages, which  may include payment for medical expenses, loss of wages or income, disfigurement to your body, temporary or permanent physical impairment, physical pain and mental anguish.  Insurance companies, whether they are health insurance companies or automobile insurance companies, have highly trained employees looking out for the insurance companies' best interest.  They may contact you immediately after an incident to record your statement or offer a quick settlement.  You should take the time to consult with your own legal professional before you contact or settle with an insurance company to make sure you understand your legal rights, options, and alternatives.  Our team of attorneys routinely deal with insurance adjusters and insurance attorneys.  We want to protect you from signing away your rights or suffering the financial burdens associated with your injuries when you have the right, under the law, to be compensated fully and completely for your personal injuries.


FAMILY/DOMESTIC LAW is an area of the law that deals with family-related matters and domestic relations, including: divorce litigation, even uncontested divorces, property settlement agreements, marital agreements such as prenuptial agreements and community property agreements, asset tracing, valuation, and division, child custody matters including possession and access, child support, and paternity.  If you find yourself facing a divorce or child custody issues, timely consulting with an experienced attorney can be critical to protecting your marital property rights and/or your rights as a conservator with your child or children.  Our team of attorneys can provide you with advice and representation to address your circumstances and your budget.


CIVIL LITIGATION usually involves lawsuits between individuals or business seeking damages or other relief for wrongful conduct.  In fact, the word "tort" comes from a Latin term meaning twist, wrong, or harm.  In contrast to criminal law, a tort action (or civil action) does not involve the government prosecuting the wrongdoer seeking fines and imprisonment.   Civil litigation can involve disputes between business owners, will contests or estate disputes between heirs or estate representatives, breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, consumer complaints, real estate disputes, warranty claims, title disputes, debt collection, or other similar conflicts between two or more parties. Remedies can include money damages, declaratory judgment, temporary or permanent injunctions, restraining orders, or other relief allowed by law. Whether your case ends with a jury trial or is resolved through mediation or negotiation, our team of attorneys have the experience and commitment to provide you with zealous legal representation, while being attentive to your goals, objectives, and budget.  While our attorneys are seasoned trial attorneys, we are dedicated to representing your best interests and objectives, whether those are achieved through a settlement or a trial.  We are prepared, experienced, and committed to meeting our client's litigation needs.



LEGAL SERVICES

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Our attorneys have worked with people just like you, providing advice, counsel, and representation in times of hardship and in times of abundance.  Our firm offers a wide range of services to help individuals, families, and businesses through planning, organizing, managing conflict, and achieving results in the areas of estate planning and probate, business organization, personal injury, civil litigation, and family/domestic issues.   You may be on this page because you need help, but you are not sure if your circumstances fall neatly into one of these areas.  We are here to help.  Below, you will find a more detailed description of each of our practice areas.  If you have specific questions, please feel free to call our office for more information.

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