Civil litigation is often the last place anyone wants to be. Whether your case is for $5,000 or $500,000, having an experienced trial attorney to help you along the way is essential. Not all attorneys are the same and some can go their entire careers without setting foot in a courtroom. I have handled numerous cases in courts throughout the D.C. metro area from inception through appeal and have the experience to help you in a wide range of matters.
Whether you own a home or rent, you will probably have some questions about your rights regarding your home. Whether you have an issue with the county, your neighbor, your tenant or your landlord, I can help advise you regarding your rights an obligations related to your property.
Business and Commercial Law can cover a wide subject area. One area where I can help is formation of your business and answer questions regarding corporations, LLCs, resident agents, shareholders, etc.
Once your company is formed you may need assistance preparing the contracts that you intend to use. If you are a landlord, I can help prepare your lease. If you repair sailboats, I can help prepare your contracts to use with your customers. A well-written contract can make all the difference in avoiding disputes and ultimately resolving disputes in your favor.
If you are in business in the DC Metro area, there is a fair chance you may be involved in a government contract. I have experience working with contracts and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). If you have been suspended, proposed for debarment, or debarred, I have experience fighting debarment and suspension.
Bankruptcy laws generally give the honest debtor a chance for a fresh start and put an automatic stay in place to prevent you from collecting from that person. The laws can even prevent you from collecting against a co-debtor who didn't file bankruptcy. But even though the person or company who owes you money filed for bankruptcy, you may still have options. Creditors have a variety of rights and options in bankruptcy to protect their interests. I have a great deal of experience working for creditors in bankruptcy proceedings to protect those interests.
One aspect of the law that you might not consider is what happens after you win your case. Often collecting on a judgment is more difficult than getting the judgment in the first place. I have almost 15 years of experience collecting on judgments on behalf of individuals, finance companies, and large banks. If you are in business, having an effective and cost-efficient means of collecting debts is extremely important. Understanding whether you will be able to collect from a defendant is an important first step in any case. Make sure any attorney you hire has a plan to get you paid.
Do you need a will? What is a trust? How do you provide for your minor children after you are gone? How can someone make decisions for you if you are incapacitated? What happens when someone dies with or without a will? We don't ask ourselves these questions when we are young and invincible (and don't have two pennies to rub together), but eventually we have some responsibilities. I can help you put together a plan that is right for you and your family.
Sometimes our parents or grandparents plan ahead and set up a power of attorney so we can help them when they can no longer help themselves. But if they become disabled before then, it may be too late to have them set up that power of attorney for you. In Virginia you can petition the court to have you or someone else appointed as a guardian to make their personal decisions or as a conservator to make their financial decisions. I have handled numerous cases on behalf of petitioners seeking to have a guardian or conservator appointed for an incapacitated adult. I can help you navigate this area of the law so you can keep on helping your loved ones when they can no longer care for themselves.