Wills & Estate Planning

Estate Planning is more than just a simple Will. It also typically protects your wealth and assets by minimizing potential taxes and fees, sets up contingency planning to make sure your wishes regarding health care treatment are followed, manages and administers your estate and appropriately distributes your assets to your intended heirs. "American Lawyer Directory"

Administration of Decedents Estates

The legal process of transferring of property upon a person's death is covered under "Probate Law." Although probate customs and laws have changed over time, the purpose has remained much the same: people formalize their intentions as to the transfer of their property at the time of their death (typically in a will), their property is collected, certain debts are paid from the estate, and the property is distributed. "American Lawyer Directory"

Guardianships

A guardianship is a legal relationship created when a person or institution named in a will or assigned by the court to take care of minor children or incompetent adults. To become a guardian of a child either the party intending to be the guardian or another family member, a close friend or a local official responsible for a minor's welfare will petition the court to appoint the guardian. The judge does not have to honor the request when someone is named in a will as guardian, but is usually honored. "US Legal"

Probate Litigation

Today the probate process is a court-supervised process that is designed to sort out the transfer of a person's property at death. Property subject to the probate process is that owned by a person at death, which does not pass to others by designation or ownership (i.e. life insurance policies and "payable on death" bank accounts). "American Lawyer Directory"

General Civil Litigation

Civil litigation generally includes all disputes that are formally submitted to a court, about any subject in which one party is claimed to have committed a wrong, but not a crime. In practice and in ordinary conversation, lawyers and others concerned with civil litigation tend to treat many specialized subjects as outside this definition, such as labor law, as well as divorce actions and even small claims cases, even though all of these are technically types of "civil" litigation. "CR Info"

Mechanic’s Liens

Claim on the improved property by the contractor, subcontractors, laborers, and material suppliers for the monies owed to them. In general, a mechanic's lien takes precedence over any mortgage on that property because, it is assumed, the value of that property has increased to the extent of the lien. Also called materialman's lien. "Business Dictionary"

Construction Litigation

Dealing with all legal issues relating to the construction process from land acquisition and project financing to post-construction claims settlement. These include such matters as, building contracts, bonds and sureties, construction and builders' liens, tendering, and construction claims, which affect all participants in the construction industry. "American Lawyer Directory"

Real Estate Transactions

Real estate transactions are governed by federal statutes, as well as state statutory and common law. Real Estate Law encompasses these state a statutes and laws, as well as property law matters. Real estate law includes a wide variety of legal issues relating to acquiring, financing, developing, managing, constructing, leasing and selling commercial and residential real property of all kinds. "American Lawyer Directory"