Areas Of Practice

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Estate Planning

Regardless of one’s wealth, having an estate plan is important. Without a will, the law provides a “Will” for you controlling the distribution of your assets, and the choice of a guardian for your minor children. The State’s will for you may not reflect your desires or your family’s needs. We will provide a thorough evaluation of your estate and assist you in ensuring that your estate passes to the people you wish. Major life events, such as getting married, having a child, or getting divorced are especially important times to plan or reevaluate your existing estate plan.

Estate Planning services include:

• Wills

• Advance Medical Directives
(Living Wills)

• Healthcare Powers of Attorney

• Durable or Contingent Powers
of Attorney

• Trusts – Irrevocable, Revocable,
Charitable and Insurance

• Special Needs Planning

• Guardianship

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Estate Administration

The death of a loved one brings sorrow and grief. It also brings many things that must done by the widow or children to “settle the estate”. We offer a complete array of legal services to accomplish the administration of an estate.

Because every estate is different, we do not charge a percentage fee but only an hourly fee for work actually performed. Given the complexity of estate administration, let us shoulder this burden for you.

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Elder Law

Families face challenges as their loved ones age. If one spouse is a resident of a long-term care facility, what happens to the spouse who continues to live at home? Is a nursing home the only option? As elder law attorneys, we can help answer these and many other questions encountered by the elderly and their families. Each family’s needs are different. We will work closely with you to develop a plan to promote quality of life, preservation of assets and peace of mind.

Services include the following:

• Guardianships

• Medicaid and Medicare Planning

• Medical Directives

• Advance Medical Directives
(Living wills)

• Powers of Attorney

• Incapacity, Incompetence, and
Commitment

• Long Term Care Planning

• Family Caregiver Agreements

• Asset Protection Planning

 

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Church Law

As Christians, we are sensitive to the needs of religious organizations and the Christian community. Many of our clients are churches, Christian ministries and church members due to our commitment to the Christian faith. Churches and faith-based organizations are faced with unique, non-secular issues. Examples include employment issues, clergy – member privilege, confidentiality and church discipline. Additionally, there are questions as to when do various federal, state or local laws apply to churches and faith-based organizations. Finally, today the issue of whether a pastor or leader of a ministry can speak about public issues is at the fore of the culture wars.


Whether your church is in need of legal advice regarding employment, or property issues, or matters.

unique to churches and faith-based organizations, our experienced and professional attorneys provide reliable Christian legal counseling

 

Churches, religious and faith-based organizations may qualify for a 50% discount rate available due to our commitment to spreading the Gospel.

 

Our representation includes the following:
• Non-Profit Formation
• Tax Exempt Status
• Personnel and Other Policies
• Employment Matters
• Contracts
• Property Acquisition
• Dissolution

 

For more detailed articles and information, please visit the Peace Maker Ministries section.

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Non-Profit and Charity Law

Non-profit organizations are subject to many of the same business and legal issues as the for-profit organizations such as employment, contracts, and property leasing or acquisition. Non-profits also face unique issues related to tax exemption, bylaws and fundraising rules. Federal law bans tax-exempt organizations from engaging in certain activities involving the political and legislative arenas. Through reliable legal advice, our attorneys assist the leadership of non-profit and charitable

organizations to stay within the legal boundaries and navigate and understand these legal challenges.


Representation includes:

• Non-Profit Formation

• Preparation of Bylaws

• Tax Exempt Status

• Develop Board Policies

• Personnel Policies

• Employment Matters

• Contracts

• Property Acquisition

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Real Estate and Proerty Law

Our experience with real property law ensures you will receive reliable and competent advice no matter what your real property needs, whether you are a buyer, seller, owner, builder or developer. The purchase and sale of real property is the largest financial transaction most individuals undertake. When purchasing or leasing residential or commercial property it is imperative that you consult an attorney to ensure that your contract includes the terms that provide you with maximum protection. Our firm offers a full array of property legal services, from the purchase of your personal residence, an investment property or an issue with zoning and land development. Unlike non-attorney settlement companies, we provide you with legal representation throughout the entire transaction.

Representation includes:

• Title insurance –
premiums are set by the State for
all agents / attorneys

• Full settlement services

• Deeds

• Easements

• Sales Agreements

• Residential and Commercial
Lease Agreements

• Condominium and Homeowner
Association

• Construction and Permanent
Financing

• Foreclosures

• Eminent Domain

• Zoning and Land Development

Business and Corporate Law

Sound legal advice for businesses starts with an effective consultation with the client before the client takes action. Every business venture has unique elements that must be addressed. From business formation to dissolution our attorneys will assist you with all of your business legal matters. Whether you are in need of legal counseling regarding personnel policies or require a complex construction contract our attorneys will provide timely and reliable services. Future problems can be eliminated by the careful drafting of

business documents from charters and bylaws to agreements and policies. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will craft your business documents based on your business needs.

 

Representation includes:

• Business Formation –
Corporations, Limited Liability
Companies, Partnerships

• Business Planning

• Business Acquisitions

• Contracts

• Collections

• Business Dissolution

Estate Planning and Administration Law

Dispute Resolutions

(Arbitration and Mediation)

Conflict damages relationships and lawsuits seldom achieve the justice desired or reconciliation. Mediation and arbitration (known as alternative dispute resolution or ADR) are alter-native means to solving disputes. ADR can provide a faster and less costly means of resolving disputes and effective mediation or arbitration may prove more beneficial and rewarding. Further, there are many types of disputes the courts will not handle which can be submitted to an ADR process.


MEDIATION:
Mediation involves meeting with a neutral person who seeks to help people resolve their differences by facilitating communication, helping to dig beneath the surface to the real issues and help the parties to craft a solution of their design. Mediation allows each party the opportunity to speak freely, openly and explain their position. It also allows the parties to keep control over the outcome, rather than give control to a judge. A mediator does not make findings of fact or fault, nor enter a judgment or force the parties into an agreement. Mediation is private and confidential.




ARBITRATION:
Arbitration is a binding, non-judicial dispute resolution. The parties may mutually agree to having their dispute resolved by arbitration or may be compelled to having their dispute resolved by contractual clauses. Arbitrators make findings of fact, apply applicable law and render a decision like a judge. The arbitrators’ decision can be enforced like a court order. Matters brought before arbitration may be decided by a panel of arbitrators or a single arbitrator.