Areas of Practice
Your goal is to
transmit your property to your heirs with the least possible expense and
inconvenience. We will be glad to
discuss your circumstances with you, recommend an appropriate plan, and prepare
the documents to make it a reality. This
could be as simple as a deed or an ordinary will, or as complex as a trust or
private foundation. When property
passes, we are familiar with all aspects of trust administration and estate
settlement. If your plans include a
charitable intent, we can draft tax-qualified foundations or assist with other
arrangements for giving.
The challenges of aging
can require additional assistance. Often
a simple power of attorney will allow members of a younger generation to act in
support of an elder relative. In more
complex situations, we can help to arrange for the appointment of a conservator
or guardian. We prepare natural death
declarations and health care powers of attorney. We also assist persons entering nursing homes
with Medicaid care applications, and division of assets and income.
We can advise you on
the matters you should consider as a seller or buyer of real estate, prepare
sale contracts or installment contracts, solve real estate title problems, draw
deeds and mortgages, and help you coordinate the activities of realtors,
lenders, surveyors, appraisers and auctioneers.
We do not do
bankruptcies, divorce, criminal defense or worker’s compensation, but in
appropriate cases we can make referrals to attorneys who practice in these
areas. We are able to represent clients
in most other types of civil litigation, and we are experienced at coordinating
with other law firms when a case requires additional resources. Our mediator offers a way to settle disputes
without resorting to litigation.
If you have been denied
disability benefits, we can assist you with an appeal and hearings before the
Administrative Judge. We also are able
to assist if benefits are terminated.
We can help you
determine whether your enterprise would best function as a corporation, limited
liability company, partnership, or sole proprietorship, and we can draft the
appropriate organizational documents. We
are accustomed to working with tax and financial advisors to help you organize
Our firm has experience
with major development projects. We are
widely acquainted with economic development and business planners in the area. We represent a number of financial
institutions. Our goal is to help the
entrepreneur decide upon and execute the right steps for a successful
and Alternative Dispute Resolution
We prefer to help
clients anticipate problems and avoid lawsuits, but the best-laid plans can go
awry, and when the need arises, we’re capable of dealing with commercial
litigation. We also offer mediation of
commercial disputes as an alternative to litigation.
We are experienced at
the general representation of municipalities as city attorneys and municipal
court prosecutors. We have been involved
in the planning and execution of state-of-the-art community development
initiatives. Our firm has extensive experience advising public entities in a wide range of areas, including employment law, and law enforcement issues.
We represent the board
of education of several school districts and formerly represented a community college. Our representation has included extensive
involvement in personnel matters, school bond issues, facilities construction
and general school law matters.
Government and Community Agencies
We provide advice and
representation for a variety of organizations, groups and agencies at the
local, area and state levels. All of our
attorneys have served in leadership positions and on the boards of directors of
community, economic development and professional organizations.
Our firm provides an expertise in the area of Family Law, including Divorce, Child Support, and Custody Issues.