The firm handles a wide variety of cases, including the following:

TRAFFIC COURT / DRUNK DRIVING LAW
This area of law refers to the representation of people who have received traffic tickets or citations, including speeding tickets, driving with a suspended license, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The firm has years of experience in municipal courts and traffic courts in Cass County and Jackson County, Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas, and surrounding counties.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Criminal Defense may be divided into felony and misdemeanor charges. The firm is experienced in defending clients who have been charged with both felonies and misdemeanors, including drunk driving charges, drug possession charges, and theft charges.

FAMILY LAW
The label of “family law” includes actions in and out of court relating to marriage (with or without children) or issues involving the parent-child relationship. Divorces and legal separations are examples of family law cases. The firm has been involved as attorneys or mediators in numerous family law cases.

CIVIL LITIGATION
Civil litigation encompasses cases involving personal injuries, automobile accidents, slip-and-falls, medical malpractice, defamation of character, conversion of property, trespassing, collection of debts, and many other types of cases. The firm is experienced in civil litigation, both in representing clients as they file lawsuits and in defending clients after they have been sued.

CONTRACTS
A “contract” is a promise between two parties. Contracts can be hundreds of pages long, entered into by two sophisticated parties. Contracts can also be a simple oral promise between two individuals. The firm has extensive experience in all aspects of legal contracts, including drafting contracts, reviewing contracts, and enforcing contracts after they have been agreed upon.

BUSINESS LAW & ORGANIZATIONS
This area of law relates to setting up and maintaining various business organizations, including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, buying and selling of a business, drafting of contracts, planning for the future, collecting debts and enforcing the rights of business entities. The firm has years of experience in virtually all aspects of business law.

MUNICIPAL LAW
This label may refer to traffic court matters, but it also may refer to other dealings with the city, such as land use and regulation.

AGRICULTURAL LAW
There are laws and regulations written specifically for the agricultural sector and the marketing of livestock and other farm products. The senior lawyers have a lifetime of involvement in agriculture and in agricultural law, with their legal expertise, in particular, relating to the buying and selling of livestock.

COMMERCIAL LAW
This term refers to business transactions, and includes various aspects of planning and conducting transactions as well as handling disputes that arise in business. The senior attorneys have extensive experience in this field.

REAL ESTATE LAW
Real estate law involves commercial real estate and residential real estate. The aspects of real estate law which may require a lawyer include sales and purchases, leases, financing, easements and restrictions, litigation, and foreclosures. The firm has considerable experience in virtually all aspects of real estate law.

PROBATE & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
In matters dealing with the affairs of a deceased person, or when a guardianship or conservatorship is needed, Missouri statutes authorize actions before a probate court. Most people turn to a lawyer to guide them through the process.

ESTATE PLANNING
Estate planning refers to various actions that can be taken to plan for the future. Estate planning may cover lifetime matters, such as general durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, joint ownership and trusts, and planning for after one’s death, which includes beneficiary deeds, trusts, and wills. The firm has extensive experience helping its clients in planning for the future and drafting the documents that are needed.

APPELLATE PRACTICE
After a case is decided in the trial court, there might be an appeal by either party. Appellate work typically involves review of transcripts and legal files, preparation of briefs and arguments before the appellate court. The firm has handled a considerable amount of appellate cases. This includes arguments before the Supreme Courts of Missouri and Kansas and arguments in various federal appellate courts.

MEDIATION
Mediation is a form of dispute resolution and is a less expensive alternative to a trial. Mediation is the process by which a neutral third party, the “mediator,” helps parties come to a mutually beneficial agreement. Besides being less expensive than a trial, it is also much less time consuming. Many types of cases can benefit from mediation. The partners at the firm are both experienced mediators.