Practice Areas / Services

Bankruptcy

Family Law

Criminal Defense

Civil Litigation

Business Law

Probate/Wills/Estate Planning

Bankruptcy

Our bankruptcy practice focuses solely on consumer debtors. In an economic environment like the one in which we find ourselves today, making ends meet can be impossible. Whether it’s a layoff, an adjustable rate mortgage that has adjusted out of your price range, divorce, or any number of other combination of factors, we have ways to help!

AUTOMATIC STAY – This is one of the best things about the Bankruptcy Code! From the moment you file bankruptcy, regardless of what chapter you file under, it is a violation of federal law for your creditors to harass you, or even contact you at all regarding collection efforts. It completely ends all of those calls, letters, threats, and lawsuits (and yes, judgments can be dischargeable!). From the day you retain our office as your bankruptcy attorneys, we want you to refer anyone who calls trying to collect to us. Let us handle that for you!

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Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code is also called “liquidation bankruptcy”. The intent is that assets that do not fall into either state or federal exemptions are sold by the trustee and to repay the debtor’s creditors and that any debt not repaid, is then discharged. In practice, exemptions are very generous and most Chapter 7 bankruptcies are considered “no asset” in that no property is taken by the trustee. However, you must qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. First, not all types of debts are dischargeable in a Chapter 7. Second, you must pass what is called a “means test” which takes into consideration your income, number of household members, and monthly expenses. Contact us today to see if you qualify!

Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code is also called a “Reorganization Bankruptcy”. If you do not qualify for a Chapter 7, or if the type of debt that you have is not dischargeable under a Chapter 7, Chapter 13 can help you. This type of bankruptcy is used in cases in which you want to keep property that is the subject of secured debt, such as a car or home for which you are behind on the payments and the lien holder is threatening you with repossession or foreclosure. Your back payments, along with all of your other debt, is worked into a repayment plan over 3 to 5 years. In the case of automobiles and unsecured debt such as credit cards, in many instances the full amount does not need to be repaid. Also, whether IRS debt is dischargeable under a chapter 7 or whether it has to be reorganized under a Chapter 13 depends on the facts of your case. Contact us today to see how we can help you out of your financial problems.

Family Law

Odds are that if an individual has firsthand experience with the legal system, it is usually the result of a family law related issue. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% of marriages end in divorce, and most divorces involve contested issues, such as custody determinations, child support, and property divisions. Many divorces are finalized through agreed resolutions, but if the parties cannot come to agreement, mediation and/or a trial may be necessary.

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Property Division
  • Name Changes

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense involves representing clients in cases that are initiated by the State of Texas for alleged violations of criminal laws. The lowest level of criminal offenses in Texas is a Class C misdemeanor. Next is a Class B misdemeanor, Class A misdemeanor, State Jail felony, 3rd Degree felony, 2nd Degree felony, 1st Degree felony, and the most serious offense is a Capital felony.

  • Drug Cases
  • DWI & DUI
  • Assault
  • Weapon Offenses
  • Occupational Licenses
  • Probation Revocation
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Juvenile Delinquency

Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation is the broadest of legal categories; consequently, it is simply impossible to list every type of case that falls under this heading. However, some of the more common types of cases include: vehicle related accidents, contract disputes, and real estate related issues (including landlord/tenant disputes). Civil litigation often involves the filing of a lawsuit; however, cases can be resolved by pre-trial negotiations. The remedy sought in civil litigation is usually limited to monetary compensation for the wrongful act of the other party. However, civil litigation can also involve cases where the remedy sought is a judge’s order requiring a party to take or refrain from taking some action.

  • Lawsuits (Plaintiff & Defense)
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Protection (DTPA)
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Defects
  • Premises Liability

Business Law

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Business Law, like civil litigation, is a broad area of law that often overlaps civil litigation. In general, business law comprises legal services provided to businesses. More specifically, this area of law

  • Entity formation
  • State Filings
  • Contract review/drafting
  • Employee Relations
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Regulatory Compliance

Probate/Wills/Estate Planning

Most people associate estate planning with will preparation. And while a will is certainly an important component of an estate plan, a will is just one part of a complete estate plan. A well crafted estate plan may include not only wills, but power of attorneys, medical directives, and trusts. People who fail to create an estate plan automatically take the default estate plan created by the State. This default estate plan is designed to accommodate the needs of the many; consequently, an individual is usually better served by tailoring an estate plan to best suit his or her needs, rather than taking a default plan.

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Guardianship