Since its inception Johnston, Owen & Bullard has endeavored to develop a reputation for achieving positive results in a wide range of legal areas. The following represents a few of the areas in which our firm has substantial expertise.
PROBATE, TRUST AND ESTATE MATTERS
Our attorneys assist and provide representation in all aspects of estate planning and probate including:
- Preparation of wills and trusts.
- Will probate filings and administrations.
- Administration of estates.
- Investigation and litigation of various personal representative issues including malfeasance, self dealing, negligence, bad faith, fraud, and breaches of fiduciary obligations.
- Investigation and litigation involving will forgeries, fraud and undue influence.
- Trust litigation including trust modification, trustee issues, fiduciary claims, accounting issues, self-dealing, and fraud.
- Filings to establish conservatorships and guardianships as well as investigation and litigation of various issues involving conservator and guardian misconduct.
Family Law and Domestic Relations
Our firm provides legal representation in all areas that concern family and domestic relations.
Divorce – We provide representation in both contested and uncontested actions for divorce and the ancillary issues related to these matters including child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, division of property, and allocation of marital debt.
Prenuptial Agreements – Our firm is experienced in preparing prenuptial agreements (also known as antenuptial agreements) for the purpose of asset and estate protection, and establishing spousal rights in the event of divorce or death.
Modifications – Our firm handles matters that involve the modification of Orders and Decrees previously entered by the Court including modification of child custody and modification of child support and alimony.
Paternity and Legitimation – We provide legal services in cases for children born out of wedlock when parents desire to establish child support, custody, and visitation rights.
Adoptions – Our firm provides representation in all types of adoptions including stepparent adoptions, adoptions by relatives of the child, agency adoptions, and adoptions through the Department of Human Resources.
Support Collection – We engage in efforts to collect unpaid alimony and child support through the establishment of income deduction orders, actions for contempt, garnishment, and levy.
Juvenile Court Matters – Our firm practices in the juvenile courts in cases concerning deprivation and termination of parental rights.
Name Change – We file motions to change the legal name of both adults and juveniles.
Real Estate Matters
Our firm has dedicated a separate wing of our main office to real estate transactions and closings on residential and commercial property. Our offices have facilitated hundreds of real estate closings. We also regularly engage in efforts to clear up title issues and boundary disputes.
Real estate foreclosures are also a significant part of our practice. Our firm assists institutional lenders as well as individuals with secured transactions and foreclosures. We regularly file and defend foreclosure confirmation actions as well as lawsuits in pursuant of deficiency balances.
We have substantial experience in the preparation of residential and commercial leases that are tailored to the particular needs of our clients. We regularly represent landlords and tenants in disputes related to the violation of residential and commercial leases.
Our firm also represents individuals and business entities in tax appeals resulting from overvaluation of real estate as well as zoning matters including rezoning and variances.
Our firm is dedicated to assisting injured people in receiving the compensation that they deserve. We believe that someone who has been hurt due to the negligence of another should be able to focus on their recovery. Our objective is to promptly and diligently pursue a fair settlement that will compensate our client for their medical bills and lost income, as well as the pain, suffering, discomfort and inconvenience that they have experienced through no fault of their own.
If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct another person or persons, the deceased individual’s heirs or other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for his or her death. Johnston, Owen & Bullard is committed to tenaciously prosecuting these claims although we realize that no amount of compensation can replace the loss of a loved one.
Our firm recognizes that physicians and other healthcare professionals may render care that falls below acceptable standards. We believe that these professionals should be held accountable for their actions or inactions and that their patients should be adequately compensated. Our objective is to promptly and diligently pursue a fair settlement that will compensate our client for the pain, suffering, discomfort and inconvenience that they have experienced through no fault of their own.
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