Corporate/Commercial Law | Family Law | Tax Matters
Business Organizations | Bankruptcy | Estate Planning
Probate and Estate Administration | Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
Real Estate | DUI Defense | Labor and Employment
We provide a wide variety of services to our corporate clients from the formation of the corporation to its maintenance and through its dissolution. We are experienced in preparing agreements, including the sale and purchase of businesses, assisting with financing and funding for business operations, negotiating real estate and other contracts, and advising on shareholders’ rights and employee relations policies.
We offer a complete range of representation in all areas of family law. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and have made many appearances before the Appellate Courts on behalf of our clients. We address issues of child custody, visitation, child support, business valuation, division of assets and spousal support and maintenance. We also provide representation for the preparation of pre-nuptial or premarital agreements, adoption matters, paternity issues, and in obtaining restraining orders and orders for protection. Our clients are treated with respect and consideration as they are assisted in their family law needs.
Our attorneys, one of whom is a certified public accountant and licensed in the United States Tax Court, represent individuals and commercial clients in matters with tax implications, identifying state and federal tax issues and structuring transactions in such a way as to minimize taxes, including estate and gift taxes. We represent clients before state and federal tax authorities and before the United States Tax Court.
The form of business chosen for an entity potentially affects every aspect of its operations. We assist our clients in formation and business planning in deciding whether they want to operate as a closely-held business, limited liability company, partnership or corporation. We advise our clients regarding directors’ and officers’ liability, dissolution, franchising, reorganization, trade association membership and activity, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financing, business successions, shareholders’ agreements and shareholders’ rights.
Our attorneys represent both debtors and creditors primarily in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. We have assisted hundreds of individual and businesses in liquidation, wage earner plans and reorganization cases. We assist both individual and commercial creditors in their efforts to preserve, protect and/or retrieve their collateral and to determine such creditors’ rights in a bankruptcy proceeding. Our attorneys, who practice in the bankruptcy field, primarily concentrate in Chapter 11 Reorganizations. We are a debt relief agency. We help people file bankruptcy.
Clients can control the allocation of accumulated assets both before and after death through careful planning for the distribution of property to family members. We know the complex network of laws governing gifts, estates and trusts and we use that knowledge to assist our clients with:
- Simple and Complex Will Creation
- Establishment of Revocable, Irrevocable and Charitable Trusts
- Structure of Family Limited Partnerships
- Estate and Probate Administration
- Business Succession
For clients interested in maintaining management and control of their estates, while at the same time avoiding probate, protecting family members, ensuring their financial privacy and obtaining peace of mind, we offer estate plans which include revocable living trusts, pour over wills, powers of attorney for property management, advance health care directives, children’s trusts, and community property agreements.
For clients interested in minimizing the impact of transfer taxes on their estates, we offer simple estate tax savings and asset protection strategies, such as credit shelter trusts and qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) trusts to more sophisticated transfer tax savings and asset protection strategies, including the use of family limited partnerships, family limited liability companies, buy-sell agreements, qualified personal residence trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, and grantor retained income trusts, among others.
Probate and Estate Administration
Probate is the legal process by which decedent’s estate is administered through Probate Court review. Our firm handles all aspects of probate and estate administration as well as will contest suits. We assist the personal representative of the estate or trust in gathering, valuing, accounting for and distributing the assets of the estate or trust. We further assist the personal representative in the preparation of federal and state estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary tax returns. Probate of estates may be avoided through various estate planning techniques.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
We represent individuals and families of those individuals who have been severely injured or have lost their lives as a result of the negligent conduct of others. Such representation includes litigation at the trial and appellate levels and methods of alternative dispute resolution. We have assisted clients in matters involving automobile accidents, premises liability, medical negligence and other injury claims.
Our firm performs transactional real estate work for sales, purchases, leases, exchanges and other transfers of residential, commercial and agricultural real estate. We provide representation in the sale, purchase or lease of real estate by negotiating, drafting or reviewing contracts, reviewing title reports and preparing deeds and other documents. We commonly advise and provide clients the necessary documentation and direction to complete IRC 1031 tax-free exchanges. We provide advice to clients at each stage of a real estate transaction, protect our clients rights at closing and render legal service after the closing should problems arise. We advise and represent clients in residential, commercial and agricultural lease transactions and evictions, zoning ordinance amendments and variances, residential subdivision and commercial developments, foreclosures and the legal aspects of financing and refinancing.
Operating a motor vehicle is often a necessity, but a driver’s license is a privilege that can be granted,
suspended and revoked by the Secretary of State. If you are arrested on a DUI charge, your license to
drive can be suspended from 3 months to 3 years – regardless of whether you are acquitted or convicted on
a DUI charge. And if you are convicted on DUI charges, your license will be revoked, and you may face jail
or a prison sentence. A DUI can cause economic hardship, and in some cases a loss of liberty. Our goal is
to protect your driving privileges and your liberty to the greatest extent possible by asserting your
statutory and constitutional rights. We help our clients understand the law, their rights and the legal
processes involved at each state of the process. While no law firm can guarantee a result, we will
exercise your rights to the fullest extent of the law in an effort to avoid or minimize the loss of your
privileges or liberties. If your driving privileges are suspended or revoked, you may be eligible
for relief in the form of a judicial driving permit or a restricted driving permit to enable you to
drive to work, school or medical treatment. You may even be eligible to seek full reinstatement of
your driving privileges through the Secretary of State. We routinely represent clients in court and
before the Secretary of State to help them obtain the relief for which they are eligible.
Labor and Employment
We provide a full range of services in the areas of labor and employment law. We assist clients in the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, labor/union matters and employment claims such as breach of contract, retaliation, defamation and wage and hours audits.