Practice Areas

Resolution of Tax Disputes

Explanation

The IRS compliance program audits the correctness of your tax return and seeks out ways to collect unpaid taxes.

Example Case:

------- v. Commissioner of IRS
A dispute involved taxability of income earned overseas by an airline pilot. IRS argued to the Tax Court that he was not entitled to exclusion of foreign earned income which resulted in a tax debt of $100,000.

Outcome

My client and I developed proof of facts which supported the exclusion and resolved the matter for $1,000.

Lesson Learned

IRS said one thing and the client saw the benefit of a lawyer. Do not flinch at the seeming power of the Government. Instead, make the wise decision and be informed about your opportunities.

Defense of Criminal Allegations and Traffic Violations

Explanation

Police and prosecutor may allege criminal behavior which can result in jail and heavy fines.

Example Case:

United States v. -----
My client owned and operated an unlicensed money transmittal service to a foreign country. Law enforcement authorities seized operating funds and a grand jury indicted her for multiple crimes.

Outcome

My client pled guilty to a single violation, the U.S. Attorney's office returned $8,000 and a Judge fined her $500.

Lesson Learned

The law has many twists and turns. Ensure the best resolution of your case by engaging the services of a skilled advocate.

Broken Contracts

Explanation

Broken contracts involve disputes with service providers such as creditors.

Example Case:

------ v. Property Owner
The property Owner hired my client as superintendent of construction about the renovation of a large apartment complex. The first word of their homemade contract was WE, without further definition.

Outcome

We filed a mechanic's lien and a suit to enforce it. The parties resolved the dispute before trial.

Lesson Learned

Everything can be important. Even a two letter word can affect a dispute. Recognize the benefits of early counseling and advocacy.

Advocacy of Stockholder Interests

Explanation

Corporate owners may not always agree and need the protection of a lawyer who is skilled in business activities.

Example Case:

----- Plumbing
This involved a hostile takeover of a family owned corporation. Activities included:

  • research of corporate law
  • coordination with defense counsel
  • preparation of clients vis-a-vis board meetings
  • writing of State Corporation documents
  • briefing of a bankruptcy lawyer

Outcome

Stockholders used the law to favorably resolve this dispute.

Lesson Learned

The law can favor you! Use it to enhance your interests.

Planning and Incorporation of Business Activities

Explanation

This involves research of corporate law, preparation of clients vis-a-vis board meetings, and writing of State Corporation documents. Activities include preparation of corporate charters and by-laws and documents about limited liability companies.

Example Case:

-------, LLC
The client went from an employee to an independent contractor. To protect her interests, we organized her as a limited liability company (LLC).

Outcome

Both the client and her customers protected themselves with this business organization.

Lesson Learned

Preparation at the outset of an initiative can save you from the woes of the uninformed. From the beginning, allow a skilled practitioner to get you on the right track.

Counseling About Estate Administration

Explanation

Probate is the official administration of a will or, if no will exists, managemnet of an estate according to the laws of the Commonwealth.

Example Case:

Estate of ------
A case involving a thirty year old will which was executed in another state

Outcome

I qualified the representative, arranged transfer of assets to her, and successfully closed the Estate.

Lesson Learned

The complex case needs the benefit of experience and training. Save yourself from frustration and costly mistakes.