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Practice Areas


1.  Estate Planning


Our estate planning, trusts and probate practice is the foundation of our firm’s services and is our primary area of specialty. Anyone who has kids, owns a home or investment property, has started or operates their own business, is getting ready to retire or looking to pass on or sell their business, should have an estate plan in place to protect what they have worked so hard to acquire. A comprehensive estate plan will minimize or eliminate estate taxes, facilitate the passing of assets, and allow for the management of assets in the event of incompetency or other disability.  At Chapman Law, PLLC, we take care to listen to our clients’ thoughts on mortality, disability, incompetence, and protection for their family. Accordingly, we provide a range of services from the most basic to the most sophisticated to deal with these sensitive issues.


It's important to keep in mind that a last will is part of an "estate plan," but not an entire estate plan.  A comprehensive estate plan contains much more than just your last will and testament.


-Last Will and Testament

-Living Trusts

-Beneficiary Designation

-Property Ownership (Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship)

-Powers of Attorney

-Living Wills (Advance Medical Directive)

-Nomination of Guardian for Minor Children


What is Estate Planning?


2.  Probate


Probate is the judicial process whereby a will is proved in court and accepted as a valid public document that is the last testament of the deceased.  Probate attorneys are responsible for advising personal representatives (i.e. executors) through the probate process.  Probate lawyers assist with:


-Locating and securing assets (including life insurance proceeds)

-Obtaining values/appraisals of assets

-Preparing all court documents required by the probate court to open an estate and authorize a personal representative (i.e. executor)

-Settling disputes

-Distributing assets to beneficiaries

-Dealing with creditor issues

-Closing the estate


2.  Civil Litigation


Civil litigation refers to a legal dispute between two or more parties that seek money damages or specific performance rather than criminal sanctions.


Sometimes disputes cannot be settled or fairly resolved without the intervention of a court, or other third party. Our firm provides cost effective, quality services to a wide variety of clients in resolving often difficult and complex issues. We advocate aggressively on behalf of our clients. We have extensive experience in the courtroom. When appropriate, we also encourage our clients to participate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as Mediation or Arbitration. We have successfully prosecuted and defended our clients’ interests in a myriad of disputes.


We recognize that litigation can be a difficult experience. With that in mind, we are committed to providing sound advice to assist our clients in making significant decisions affecting their lives and businesses. We strive to help our clients understand unique legal issues and to develop strategies for an efficient resolution of their disputes.


-Breach of Contract

-Promissory Note

-Collections

-Commercial Litigation and Collections

-Landlord/Tenant

-Unjust Enrichment

-Post Judgment Collection