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A collection action is a legal proceeding to obtain money from another to pay a debt. Common examples are suits to recover for an unpaid credit card debt, to recover on an unpaid invoice for services, or to recover for money loaned to another. Both individuals and businesses can be either the debtor or the creditor.
Our attorneys have experience in both prosecuting and defending collection matters.
Divorce, Child Custody & Support, and Family Law
General & Family Law Mediation
Guardianship & Conservatorship
Sometimes in life, people become unable to care for their person or their property. This can be due to age-related infirmities such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, a serious injury or illness, or other causes, such as minority (being under 18 years of age). This disability can be temporary or permanent.
Guardianship is a legal proceeding by which a court appoints someone to be a decision-maker to care for a person. Guardianships can be total or limited, depending on the circumstances, and can be temporary or fairly permanent. Sometimes they are used when a person other than a natural parent needs to care for a minor; other times they are used when a person is not capable of making rational decisions concerning their medical and personal care.
Conservatorship is a similar proceeding, but with regard to appointing someone to care for another person’s property. Legally, a guardian has little authority over a person’s property, and a conservator has little authority over the protected person. In many cases, the same person is appointed to both roles, but sometimes only one or the other is needed, or different persons need to fill each role.
These proceedings can be confusing to navigate. Our attorneys have experience in all facets of these matters, including petitioning for an appointment, contesting appointment proceedings, terminating appointments, and serving as the guardian ad litem for the protected person.
Personal Injury, Premises Liability, and Products Liablity
Personal Injury, Premises Liability, and Products Liability: If you have been hurt due to the fault of another, you need experienced legal help. Navigating the system can be time-consuming, frustrating, and stressful, especially while you are healing from injuries, trying to get back to work, and trying to adjust to your new life. Insurance companies have every incentive to settle claims early and for as little as they can.
Personal injury law concerns seeking recovery for injuries sustained due to the fault of others, such as a car wreck. Premises liability is similar, dealing with injuries sustained as a result of dangerous or negligent conditions on another person’s real property, such as a slip and fall at a store. Products liability concerns those injuries suffered due to a faulty product, such as a poorly designed automobile. While each of these areas can overlap, they have important distinctions which can be critical to understand.
Our attorneys have experience evaluating claims, negotiating with the at-fault parties, and litigating claims.
Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning
It is never too early to plan for the future. A carefully drafted estate plan will reduce or eliminate conflict, confusion, and stress for the loved ones you leave behind. In many cases, the only way to ensure that your wishes for your person and property are honored is to commit them to writing in the proper legal way.
Our experienced attorneys can assist you with drafting and implementing your plan. Whether it is a simple will, a complex trust, or something in between, we can help you give effect to your wishes. A carefully developed estate plan can even reduce or eliminate tax concerns. A properly drafted General Power of Attorney or a Living Will & Health Care Power of Attorney can aid your loved ones in helping you to meet your needs and care for your property during your life, including during periods of disability.