REAL ESTATE 

We are experienced assisting clients with the full spectrum of real estate-related activities, from acquisition to development to sale. We offer thorough legal counsel during each step of a real estate transaction, including assisting:

  • buyers, sellers, and lenders in residential, commercial, and farm & ranch real estate transactions, such as:

    • document preparation,

    • title examination & opinions,

    • easements & partitions,

    • buyer/seller representations, and

    • closings;

  • lessors and lessees in the negotiation and drafting of residential, commercial, and farm & ranch leases;

OIL & GAS

Our attorneys have broad experience representing landowners, royalty owners, and mineral owners through all phases of the oil and gas leasing process. Our services include:

  • negotiating the terms of:

    • seismic permits,

    • option agreements,

    • oil and gas leases,

    • pipeline easements, and

    • surface and subsurface use agreements;

  • preparing drills site and division order title opinions, as well as title curative instruments; and

  • resolving disputes between operators and landowners.

ESTATE PLANNING

Regardless of the size or complexity of your estate, we can assist you in creating a comprehensive estate plan that will meet the needs of you and your loved ones. Our estate planning services include the preparation of:

  • simple and complex wills;

  • revocable trusts ("living trusts");

  • irrevocable trusts;

  • special needs trusts;

  • powers of attorney;

  • guardianship designations for minors and adults;

  • gifts to family and charity;

  • directives to physicians ("living wills");

  • HIPAA authorizations;

  • pre-marital and post-marital agreements;

  • business succession plans, through family limited partnerships and other business entities; and

  • plans to minimize estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes, including preparation of estate and gift tax returns.

ELDER LAW

Elder law is a general term that encompasses the many legal areas that touch the lives of the elderly. From Medicaid planning to guardianships to estate planning, our firm can help protect the interests of you and your loved ones. Our Medicaid planning practice includes consulting and the preparation of:

  • qualified income trusts ("Miller trusts");

  • lady bird deeds;

  • special needs trusts; and

  • long-term gift plans.

Additionally, we prepare out-of-hospital do-not-resuscitate orders and can help resolve disputes with family, caregivers, and nursing homes.

See our estate planning and guardianship descriptions for an explanation of those services.

PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION

Probate and trust administration can be stressful and confusing. No matter the size or complexity of your estate or trust, we are here to assist you. We represent executors, administrators, beneficiaries, trustees, and heirs in connection with the probate and administration of estates and trusts. Our services include:

  • will probate, which includes:

    • appointment of the executor or administrator,

    • preparation of inventories and accountings, 

    • giving notice to creditors and handling creditor claims, and

    • distribution and settlement of the probate estate;

  • heirship proceedings; 

  • estate & trust distribution and settlement;

  • preparation of estate and gift tax returns;

  • family mediation; and

  • family settlement agreements.

 

BUSINESS LAW

We can help your small or large business with its legal needs. From entity formation through the transfer of the business to future generations, we will help you choose the right entity type, service your existing business, and protect your personal assets from liability. Our services include:

  • entity formation of

    • corporations,

    • limited liability companies,

    • professional associations,

    • limited and general partnerships, and

    • proprietorships;

  • contract drafting;

  • asset or stock purchase agreement drafting;

  • buy-sell agreement drafting;

  • mergers

  • business succession planning ; and

  • business dissolution.

GUARDIANSHIP LAW

When the need for a guardianship arises, it can be a complicated and stressful event. We help guardians, wards, and family members navigate the guardianship process for adults and minors. Our services include:

  • drafting guardianship designations for adults and minors;

  • applying for a guardianship of the person and/or estate;

  • filing annual and final accountings with the court; and

  • transferring or terminating the guardianship.

FAMILY LAW

We have a family law practice that is limited primarily to non-custodial matters. Our services include:

  • divorces (limited to individuals without children);

  • drafting of pre-marital and post-marital agreements;

  • adoptions; and

  • name changes.