Bankruptcy

​Chapter 7 & Chapter 13


What is the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

In Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you ask the bankruptcy court to discharge most of the debts you owe. In exchange for this discharge, the bankruptcy trustee can take any property you own that is not exempt from collection (see below), sell it, and distribute the proceeds to your creditors. 

In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you file a repayment plan with the bankruptcy court to pay back all or a portion of your debts over time. The amount you'll have to repay depends on how much you earn, the amount and types of debt you owe, and how much property you own.


Litigation

Plaintiff & Defendant Representation


What is the difference between Plaintiff and Defendant?


The Plaintiff is the complaining party, and the Defendant is the party who attempts to protect himself from allegations. In most legal systems, the plaintiff bears the burden of proof. The defendant commonly has defenses such as statute of limitations available that must be pled.


Real Estate

Buyer & Seller Representation


Buyers representation in a real estate transaction it is important. The buyer must insert clauses in the real estate contract to insure they have the right to terminate the contract if they cannot close on the purchase of the property.


Sellers may be required to "specifically perform" under a real estate contract even if they change their mind in regards to the sale of the property. A real estate attorney can protect the sellers interest.


Personal Injury

Slip and Fall & Automobile


The filing of a lawsuit whether it be for a slip and fall or an auto accident has to be filed in a timely manner. The lawsuit will request compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and medical bills.






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~ Criminal Defense

Misdemeanor & Felony


What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Most states break their crimes into two major groups: felonies and misdemeanors. Whether a crime falls into one category or the other depends on the potential punishment. If a law provides for imprisonment for longer than a year, it is usually considered a felony. In most states, if the potential punishment is for a year or less, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor.

In some states, certain crimes are known as "wobblers," which means that the prosecutor may charge the crime as either a misdemeanor or a felony.


~ Family Law

Adoption

A two step judicial process in conformance to state statutory provisions in which the legal obligations and rights of a childtoward the biological parents are terminated and new rights and obligations are created 

between the child and the adoptiveparents.

Adoption involves the creation of the parent child relationship between   individuals who are not naturally so related. Theadopted child is given the rights, privileges, and duties of a child and heir by the adoptive family.


Divorce:


A divorce decree establishes the new relations between the parties, including their duties and obligations relating to propertythat they own, support responsibilities of either or both of them, and provisions for any children. When a marriage breaks up,divorce law provides legal solutions for issues that the Husband and Wife are unable to resolve through mutual cooperation. Historically, the most important question in a divorce case was whether the court should grant a divorce. Once the divorce was granted by the court, the resolution of continuing obligations was simple: The wife was awarded custody of any children, and the husbandwas required to support the wife and children.