Practice Areas

We are now accepting new clients in the areas of:

Bankruptcy:

  • Bankruptcy is a legal remedy – referenced in our Constitution – for addressing debt which has overcome a person’s ability to pay those debts – usually regardless of the reason for the development of that debt.
  • When bankruptcy is the answer, which it frequently is, I help my clients overcome their desperation and despair as we chart their course to a successful financial recovery, eliminating the barrage of creditor phone calls and sense of dread each day brings.
  • I have guided thousands of clients through financial difficulties which are incredibly distressing, destructive of marital relationships and  flat-out paralyzing.  Those difficulties include repossession,    foreclosures and garnishment.
  • Bankruptcy is neither simple and requires a significant commitment of time and attention from both the client and the attorney – and pays huge dividends for the client. Call me today to get moving on your fresh start!
  • Sadly – and primarily because two households cannot live as cheaply as one – bankruptcy and divorce often go hand in hand. I have years of practice in both areas of the law and am one of very few Hampton Roads lawyers uniquely positioned to help you ensure that a bankruptcy does not destroy the benefits of your separation agreement.

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Estate & Life Planning:

  • We prepare wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and simple trusts to promote both the protection of your current assets but also the effective passage of those trusts to your loved ones as YOU desire upon your death.
  • This is an area of the law that people often avoid until it is too late, such as: (1) a loved  one becoming before a power of attorney is established, forcing those charged with their care into an expensive conservatorship/guardianship court proceeding; (2) the death of a loved one who does not leave a will  OR leaves a will executed years ago which is incapable of addressing current circumstances; or (3) collection issues that result in a lien on valuable property  that must be liquidated for the benefit of creditors instead of the family.
  • If you have not had a general review of your current asset picture, made a plan for your estate upon your death or updated an existing estate plan in more than five years, please call my office for an appointment to protect your loved ones from the anguish of dealing not only with their loss of YOU but also with an intractable financial mess that could have been avoided.

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Mediation:

  • Research and experience confirm that parties to a dispute are far more satisfied and likely to respect the resulting agreement where they when they resolve their dispute via mediation involving a neutral facilitator as opposed to being forced into a court-ordered
  • All disputes can be mediated, if the parties agree to participate. I have over 20 years of training and experience in resolving disputes as a neutral facilitator.
  • If you think mediation might be your choice, call me. Be aware, however, that we can only discuss mediation process unless the other party to the dispute is present on the call.   I cannot discuss substantive issues with you without the other party being present in order to avoid the perception of or actual bias.
  • Mediation sessions typically are set in 2-hour increments, with payment due in advance at the time the appointment is made. This allows me to provide a very favorable discount from my usual hourly rate.

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