Bankruptcy laws help people who can no longer pay their creditors get a fresh start – by liquidating assets to pay their debts in some cases or by creating a repayment plan. In most consumer cases, the rather generous exemptions allow debtors to keep all their property.
Bankruptcy laws also protect troubled farms and businesses through reorganization or liquidation and provide for orderly distributions to business creditors through reorganization or liquidation.
The primary purposes of the law of bankruptcy are:
to give an honest debtor a "fresh start" in life by relieving the debtor of most debts, and
to repay creditors in a fair and orderly manner to the extent that the debtor has property available for payment.
Most of the time, to say 'family law' is to suggest divorce, or child custody, or the division of marital property. Our firm works in all these areas.
But family law encompasses a broader spectrum of issues, ranging from disputes among family members, conflicts between the state and family, to problems between third parties and the family.
The state may become involved in a family in several situations. And, in adoption, grandparent visitation, and guardianship cases, a third party may assert rights with respect to a family or family member.
Anyone who has ever had improvements made on their home by a contractor, hired a contractor to build a house, or purchased real estate, knows that many problems can arise in any agreement to do construction. Some of the most frequent disputes arise over the timing and quality of the work done, the final price, change orders and their effects, and construction liens.
A construction lien arises in many States when a person or business which supplies labor or materials to the construction project is not paid, in whole or part. Then, if the contractor is particularly careful, he or she or it will go through the many hoops involved in obtaining a construction lien on the property. Such a lien allows the aggrieved contractor (or provider of labor or materials) to foreclose on the real estate. There are many details and hoops to jump through to obtain such a lien, and it always expires after a period of time (two years in Wisconsin). While it is in effect, it can also obstruct efforts by the owner to sell the real estate—since a buyer would have to complete payment to the contractor. It is a powerful collection tool.
Our firm can step in, on behalf of the owner or the contractor, to iron out disputes over the contract, and if necessary, to bring a legal action.
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The criminal justice system can be intimidating and even frightening if you don't understand the laws, rules and procedures that govern it.
At all stages of the criminal process, a person suspected of or charged with a crime is entitled to certain fundamental rights that are enshrined in the United States Constitution and key court decisions - including the right to an attorney.
From midemeanors to felonies, our firm has the ability to navigate the criminal justice system in trials and appeals.
Civil trials can be used by anyone to enforce or protect their legal rights through court orders and monetary awards.
Litigation refers to the rules and practices involved in resolving disputes in the court system. Civil litigation can come in all kinds of cases, from contested divorces, eviction proceedings, slip and fall, to medical malpractice.
From basic negotiations to following every stage in a lawsuit, we have the ability to assist you in both pursuing and defending civil matters in negotiations, trials and if necessary, appeals.