The attorneys at the Norman Law Firm assist individuals, families, and businesses in Cherokee County and throughout East Texas with a range of legal matters. Our wealth of legal experience encompasses the following areas of practice:
- Personal Injury
- Commercial Litigation
- Elder Law and Probate
- Real Estate Transactions
- Criminal Defense
- Municipal Law
When one person is injured due to the negligence or intentional act of another party, or from a product that was defectively designed or manufactured, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Whether the injuries occurred in an automobile accident or while on someone else's property, the law imposes liability on one who breaches a duty of care to another, subject to certain defenses.
Texas is a comparative negligence state, meaning that recovery is limited in cases where the plaintiff's own negligence contributed to his or her injuries. At trial, the law assigns a "percentage of responsibility" to the plaintiff's own negligent acts. If this percentage is determined to exceed fifty percent, the plaintiff is not eligible to recover at all. However, if the plaintiff's negligence contributed to the accident in an amount of fifty percent or less, then the plaintiff still may recover against a negligent defendant, with any damage award reduced accordingly.
Family Law is the umbrella term applied to divorce proceedings, adoptions, guardianships, child custody and support issues, and paternity matters.
In Texas, a divorce may be granted because of various fault-based grounds such as cruelty, adultery, or abandonment. Where the marriage has become unsupportable because of discord or conflict, with no reasonable expectation of reconciliation, a "no-fault" divorce may also be granted.
Regarding property division, Texas is a community property state, and all property acquired during a marriage belongs equally to each spouse, with significant exceptions. Therefore, absent an agreement between the spouses, the divorce court will divide the marital property equally (50/50) between the parties, again with important exceptions.
Spousal support may be agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the court, and may be temporary or permanent. When children are involved, the court strongly encourages parents to reach an amicable agreement on custody issues. If the parents cannot agree, the court has wide discretion to fashion a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the children. Child support is usually paid by the non-custodial parent, but may be ordered by the court against either parent or both. It is generally determined according to a formula based on percentage of net resources.
Contracts are the fuel that makes the engine of commerce run, and a contract dispute in any area can cause that machinery to break down. Disputes can arise during business formation or dissolution and at any stage in between, including acquiring property or equipment by purchase or lease, employee termination, and in connection with consumer warranties. Moreover, companies can become embroiled in disputes with other companies or with their own clients/consumers, vendors, employees, management, and shareholders.
A legal problem in any one area can siphon off vital time, energy, and resources, severely hampering the ability of a business to function properly. Many conflicts may be avoided through careful planning and advice from qualified business attorneys. Where disputes cannot be avoided, it is imperative that they be resolved quickly and efficiently to keep the business running smoothly.
Elder Law and Probate
Elder Law encompasses a wide range of legal issues facing individuals entering their golden years. Estate Planning and Healthcare are generally the main concerns of people in this demographic. Our office can assist in drafting wills and trusts to carry out your goals and testamentary wishes, while also helping you to navigate the complicated world of Medicare, health insurance, and medical directives.
Probate is an often expensive and time-consuming court-supervised process of giving effect to the terms of a will and distributing one's estate. Fortunately, there are many vehicles and devices by which probate can be avoided. A knowledgeable and experienced trust and estate lawyer advise you as to your estate planning options.
Real Estate Transactions
Whether buying, selling, leasing, or refinancing, real estate transactions require the aid of attorneys experienced in the field. A variety of state and federal laws are present at every phase of a real estate purchase, from inspection to closing. Financings and refinancings must be carefully reviewed to protect from predatory lending and ensure an affordable, practical loan. Landlords and tenants alike must be aware of important provisions of lease law, including warranties of habitability and eviction procedures.
If you are facing a criminal charge of any kind, it is imperative that you seek professional legal advice and representation as soon as possible. A range of penalties are at stake - everything from fines and community service to long-term prison sentences. An experienced, qualified lawyer is essential to providing an aggressive defense that explores every possible legal avenue and requires the prosecution to prove every aspect of its case.
Municipal law covers the range of legal issues faced by cities and towns. Our firm works with city officials to keep them in compliance and handle their legal matters so they can expend their energy on the important daily tasks of managing vital city operations. For more information, please see our municipal law page.
The Norman Law Firm offers exceptional representation in a variety of legal matters. To schedule a consultation, contact The Norman Law Firm today.