Have you been in an auto accident or injured because of someone else’s negligence? Given you most likely have not had to deal with the legal system before, who do you trust? Who will protect you? The insurance company claims representative or the friend of a friend of a friend of a relative who had been in an accident before and is giving you well-meaning advice? Neither choice is good. We work with you to negotiate through the claims process and, if necessary to file suit to protect your rights. The legal system can be harsh, but we will work with you to make it as painless and compassionate as possible. Our clients deserve respect and that is what we provide. Our end goal is that we obtain the best result possible for you.
“Found a property and LOVE IT and want to buy it” or “We need to fix this construction disaster—what do we do? or “We did the work but the General Contractor still has not paid us!”
From real estate purchase and sale agreements (residential or commercial), bank loans, commercial leases, construction contracts, mechanic’s liens or claims against public works bonds, to construction defects, our attorneys have handled such matters involving more than $20,000,000.00 at issue. The overlap between the construction and real estate practices (acquisition, development and construction) allows us to work for you with a distinctive perspective in negotiating and settling matters.
Theresa has worked tirelessly in obtaining and defending certification of legitimate women/disadvantaged businesses at the state (OMWBE) and federal (USDOT) level, as well as through private organizations, such as Women’s National Business Enterprise Council. Her goal is to help every business to compete on the same level, regardless of race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or otherwise.
So, you want to start a business, what should you do to start it—will you be a limited liability company, a corporation or what? You have an existing business and have employment practice questions about your employees: when to pay overtime, when can deductions be made from payroll, is a non-competition agreement enforceable, is a person an employee or an independent contractor, when do you pay overtime and the like? You are in a business with several people but do not have an agreement (such as a shareholder’s, partnership or operating agreement) to define the rights, responsibilities, and financial matters affecting the owners. We can provide the legal services to form your business, whether it be a corporation or limited liability company, and assist you with issues that may occur after it is formed.
“Employment at Will.” What does that mean? Generally, an employer or employee may terminate the relationship for no reason or any reason at all, as long as it is a nondiscriminatory reason. But what is the difference between a non-discriminatory reason and a discriminatory reason? To deduct or not to deduct from wages—what is allowed? Is the employee handbook up to date in relation to the ever-changing employment laws? These are common questions for employers and employees and are just some examples of employment law questions we can answer, on behalf of an employer or employee. We can guide you on the employment law nuances, either as an employer or employee.