Areas of Law
An appeal is the process in which parties request that an official decision be changed, corrected, clarified, or interpreted.
Bankruptcy allows debtors seek relief against their creditors. Bankruptcy law is governed by the United States Code, which contains several different chapters providing for different types of bankruptcy relief.
Disagreements between business entities often trigger lawsuits, arbitration or mediation. Litigation attorneys help businesses handle these disputes in various legal venues.
Transactional attorneys can help businesses formalize their legal status as corporations, partnerships, limited liability entities, professional associations, not-for-profit entities, etc.
Civil Rights & Discrimination
The United States Constitution, state constitutions, and other laws provide basic rights to all citizens. Legal redress is available to those who have suffered discrimination or other civil rights violations.
Attorneys can assist creditors to collect funds from their debtors.
Construction law deals with matters relating to building construction, engineering, and related fields. It often involved contract law, commercial law, planning law, employment law and tort. Construction law affects financial institutions, surveyors, quantity surveyors, architects, builders, engineers, construction workers, planners, and home/land owners.
State and federal laws were created to protect the rights of consumers and ensure fair trade, competition and accurate information in the marketplace, so that businesses could not engage in fraud or specified unfair practices.
Copyright, Patent & Trademark
Intellectual property law gives people and businesses property rights to the information and intellectual goods they create, usually for a limited period of time. Copyrights give the creator of a work the exclusive right to reproduce that work. Patents provide inventors with the legal right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing their invention. Trademarks are a recognizable signs, designs, or expressions that identifies products or services of a particular source.
Government prosecutors much prove criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Lawyers defending the accused challenge the charges, force the government meets its burden of proof, or pursue a more lenient sentence.
Benefits and assistance are available to individuals who have cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, or sensory disabilities. Lawyers help individuals locate and pursue the benefits and assistance that their disabilities warrant.
Elder law focuses on legal issues affecting seniors, to help prepare the elderly for financial freedom and autonomy through proper financial planning and long-term care options.
Many statutes, rules and regulations deal with the rights and responsibilities within employment relationships. Employment law covers a wide range of issues from pension plans and retirement, to occupational safety, to discrimination in the workplace.
Attorneys who practice family law help clients with divorce or annulment, child custody and visitation rights, child support payments, and spousal support/alimony.
When lenders begin legal foreclosure proceedings, attorneys can help the debtor by seeking a loan modification, peaceably resolving the claim or contesting the merits of the foreclosure lawsuit itself.
A legal guardian is someone with legal authority and duty to care for the personal and property interests of another person. Guardians are typically used for minors, developmentally disabled adults, and seniors who are incapacitated by age or illness.
Immigration & Naturalization
Laws govern the ways in which citizens of foreign nations come to the U.S. to live and work. Lawyers can help immigrants secure their legal rights to be in the United States via obtaining visas, establishing asylum or refugee status, pursuing permanent residency (green card), or becoming naturalized citizens.
Juvenile Delinquency & Dependency
A juvenile delinquent is a minor (less than 18 years old) who has committed a crime. A juvenile dependent is a minor whose parent or guardian has neglected or hurt them. Many attorneys focus their practice on representing minors in these situations.
Landlord / Tenant
Many statutes, rules and regulations deal with the rights and responsibilities within landlord/tenant relationships. An attorney can help either party evaluate their legal options when issues arise between landlords and tenants.
When a professional - doctor, accountant, architect, attorney, etc. - fails to act in accordance with the laws or professional standards, victims of their malpractice can seek legal remedy.
Maritime & Admiralty
Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is a body of laws, conventions, and treaties that govern private maritime business and other nautical matters, such as shipping or offenses occurring on open water. (Investopedia)
Alternative dispute resolution systems provide options outside of the court system for parties to resolve their disagreements. Mediations use a neutral third party who helps the disputants explore their own agreed settlement. Arbitrators are neutral third-parties who render final decisions in a quicker, more streamlined process.
The men and women who serve in our nation’s armed services have earned our nation’s gratitude, as well as access to the many benefits and programs created for active military personnel and veterans. Lawyers can help when that access becomes challenged.
Lawyers handling personal injury cases pursue fair compensation and other remedies for victims who were injured by car crashes, slip/trip and falls, defective products and many other types of negligence.
Land, buildings and natural resources can be sold, leased, farmed, or otherwise used. Real estate attorneys help people secure property rights or transact those rights to others.
Social Security laws provide benefits and protections to people who have accumulated a sufficient amount of work credits and made sufficient financial contributions. Attorneys handling Social Security matters help their clients document and substantiate their claims for benefits.
Moving violations impose fines and points that can drive up the premiums of car insurance or suspend/revoke a driver’s license. Attorneys help ticketed drivers reduce or eliminate the costs of those tickets.
Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate
When people die, their survivors must ensure that legal interests and rights are properly handled. Attorneys can help individuals create wills and trust to provide direction for how their estates (the sum of assets and liabilities) are to be handled upon their death. Estates must be probated through the Court system to ensure that legalities are addressed and to resolve any disputes among the decedent’s survivors.
Injuries frequently occur in the workplace. Most jurisdictions have workers compensation laws that offer limited remedies to victims in exchange for not requiring proof of fault or negligence.