Probate. In the probate process I assist the personal representative with the administration of the estate. This includes the appointment of the representative, preparation of the inventory of the estate, payment of claims, preparation of the final account, and distribution of the estate.
Estate Planning. After reviewing financial information and discussing your estate planning objectives, I draft the appropriate documents, including Wills, trusts, health care directives, and financial powers of attorney.
Family Law. Inthis area one of my primary functions is to enable couples to dissolve their marriages with dignity. I worked with former state representative Andy Dawkins on the parenting plan legislation that is designed to reduce litigation over child custody. I have presented continuing legal education seminars with former state senator Tom Neuville, the chief author of the child support law.
Prenuptial (antenuptial) agreements have become more common with the increasing number of second marriages in which each spouse enters the marriage with significant assets and a desire to provide for the security of children from a previous marriage.
Family law also includes adoptions, a legal process that is a rewarding experience for everyone.
Business Law. I assist clients in establishing corporations, limited liability companies, non-profit organizations, and partnerships. I review with clients the relevant factors in selecting the type of business organization and draft the necessary documents, such as articles, bylaws, resolutions, and shareholder control agreements.
Criminal Law. In this part of my practice I draw on my prior experience as a state prosecutor for felony cases and on my service as a private attorney on the panel of Federal Public Defenders in United States District Court.