SOLUTIONS – LEGAL SERVICES
ChampionPEO, unlike many other PEO’s, has access to the law office of Michael J. Smith & Associates, PLLC. as onsite legal staff with expertise in a wide variety of legal services to fit any of your business or individual needs. Our attorneys and support staff have all been carefully selected to provide clients with the highest degree of professionalism as a team, representing and advising clients on a full range of legal matters. We understand the emotional stress involved in these areas, and we listen carefully. We strive to get the best result possible for our clients, while minimizing the damage and keeping costs down.
The Law Office of Michael J. Smith & Associates, PLLC. have attorneys, who together, know what their client's needs are and strive to work with the client to relieve the anxiety that results from legal obligations and move them on with a future hope.
Michael J. Smith is a licensed adoption attorney and carries out numerous adoptions every year. The Law Offices of Michael J. Smith & Associates, PLLC. understands the stress and anxiety that can accompany the efforts to build a family. They put a high priority on the personal service and attention, making certain that you always remain informed on the status of your case. Michael J. Smith & Associates, PLLC. will act as the correspondent between the birth mother's attorney and the adoption agency, prepare documents requested by the court, and serve as an advocate for their clients in all courtroom legal appointments. We believe that all of these matters should be handled painlessly, and economically.
The purpose of filing for bankruptcy is to relieve pressure and anxiety resulting from mounting debts and the inability to repay them. Bankruptcy was created to give individuals a fresh start. There are two major types of consumer bankruptcy, chapter 7 and chapter 13. An attorney with extensive experience in the area of bankruptcy can guide you through the laws and the myriad of documents necessary to successfully complete a discharge of debts under the bankruptcy code.
Every day brings different challenges and problems, many of which are novel, involving cutting-edge issues in industries. Although the specific focus may vary widely, Corporate lawyers advise businesses on their numerous legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. We counsel clients and handle transactions including negotiation, drafting, and review of contracts and other agreements, act as internal advisers on myriad business and legal issues, including labor and employment issues, intellectual property issues, contractual issues and liability issues.
Injury and Death Litigation A primary area of representation is of persons who have been injured by either the negligence or the intentional acts of others and of the families of persons who have lost their lives to such action or inaction. Our representation has included automobile collisions, highway defects, intentional assaults, premises liability matters, and abusive litigation.
We consider a certain number of medical malpractice cases each year. Where, after consulting with our experts, we determine that the physician has failed to meet the appropriate standard of care, we determine whether an action may be successfully prosecuted.
We handle a variety of matters on behalf of businesses either prosecuting or defending matters of dispute between businesses. This includes collection matters from small amounts to a quarter of a million dollars. We have handled matters involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenants, breach of contract, and many other areas. We have handled cases concerning the valuation of professional practices and other businesses.
We know the importance of fighting a criminal complaint before charges are filed and the case goes to court.
Client is contacted by a law enforcement agency; however, charges have not actually been filed.
Goals of a Pre-File Investigation
• Prevent filing
• Reduce Charges; i.e., felony to a misdemeanor
• Divert allegations into an informal resolution.
• Ease client's concerns about the case
• Keep clients apprised of legal rights
• Assist with surrender and avoid arrest
Ways to prevent charges from being filed
• Bolster client’s credibility
• Private polygraph – if the results are favorable, then they will be shared
• Reference letters from community leaders, religious leaders, teachers, friends, etc.
• Attack complaint credibility of the victim
• Use other witnesses to question the reputation and truth of the victim
• Unsubstantiated allegations against others made by the victim
Family/Divorce Law— We help our clients with a full range of family law issues.
We provide representation for:
• Child Custody, Visitation and Support
• Alimony and Spousal Maintenance
• Modification of Previous Orders and Awards
• Prenuptial/Premarital Agreements
• Restraining and Protective Orders
An estate is the total property, real and personal, owned by an individual prior to distribution through a trust or will. Real property is real estate and personal property includes everything else, for example cars, household items, and bank accounts. Estate planning distributes the real and personal property to an individual's heirs.
Estate planning is the process by which an individual or family arranges the transfer of assets in anticipation of death. An estate plan aims to preserve the maximum amount of wealth possible for the intended beneficiaries and flexibility for the individual prior to death. A major concern for drafters of estate plans is Federal and state tax law.
Wills and trusts are common ways in which individuals dispose of their wealth. Trusts, unlike wills, have the benefit of avoiding probate, a lengthy and costly legal process that oversees the transfer of assets. Sometimes, though, it will be useful to make inter vivos gifts (gifts made while the donor is alive) in order to minimize taxes. The Federal Gift Tax exempts certain levels of lifetime gifts.
We provide a full range of services in probate, estate planning and administration. We will assist you in the planning process itself and will prepare all necessary documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and related documents. We also handle the probate and the administration of estates and trusts, from the simplest to the most complex.