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What We DoBelow is a short list of our case history. Our talented team is able to handle a wide array of legal challenges. Please contact us through email or phone to see if we can help you!
Family law litigation - Divorce, custody, support and parenting time modifications/citations, and adoptions.
Criminal defense litigation - Criminal defense in major and minor felonies and misdemeanors.
Estate planning and probate work.
Areas of Service
Family Law Litigation
Our firm helps individuals navigate the complexities of divorce, custody, support and parenting time modifications/citations, and adoptions.
Here is a testimonial
on how we put the needs of our clients front and center,"Ms. Noel handled my step-parent adoption case about four years ago. My daughter's biological father was trying to contest it even though he had not supported her or even seen her in years. He also had an extensive criminal and drug history. My daughter desperately wanted me to adopt her as she saw me as the only "father" she wanted in her life. She was also scared that if something were to happen to her mother she would end up in the custody of a man who was a stranger and would lose the family that was an everyday part of her life. Ms. Noel took the adoption Court for a possible contested hearing and was armed and prepared to fight, but the biological father failed to appear and upon my daughter's testimony in Court the adoption was granted. My daughter and I now have piece of mind that my daughter will be safe and taken care of and she knows she will always have a family that loves and cares about her. That is a gift given to my family by Ms. Noel, one that I will never forget and am truly grateful for. Since then I have used Ms. Noel and the other associates at NOEL LAW as my attorneys for many various other matters and have always had good results and experiences with them. I would not recommend any other law firm to any of my friends or family."Source
Estate Planning & Probate
What is 'Estate Planning'
Estate planning is the collection of preparation tasks that serve to manage an individual's asset base in the event of their incapacitation or death, including the bequest of assets to heirs and the settlement of estate taxes. Most estate plans are set up with the help of an attorney experienced in estate law.
Estate Planning Tasks
- Establishing a guardian for living dependents
- Naming an executor of the estate to oversee the terms of the will
- Creating/updating beneficiaries on plans such as life insurance, IRAs and 401(k)s
- Setting up funeral arrangements
- Establishing annual gifting to reduce the taxable estate
- Setting up durable power of attorney (POA) to direct other assets and investments
What is Probate?
Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. It includes:
- proving in court that a deceased person's will is valid (usually a routine matter)
- identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property
- having the property appraised
- paying debts and taxes, and
- distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
"Personal injury" cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case can become formalized through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault through a court judgment or, as is much more common, such disputes may be resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed:
Formal "Lawsuit" Unlike criminal cases, which are initiated by the government, a formal personal injury case typically starts when a private individual (the "plaintiff") files a civil "complaint" against another person, business, corporation, or government agency (the "defendant"), alleging that they acted carelessly or irresponsibly in connection with an accident or injury that caused harm. This action is known as "filing a lawsuit". Our discussion on negligence and proof is especially helpful.
Informal Settlement In reality, most disputes over fault for an accident or injury are resolved through informal early settlement, usually among those personally involved in the dispute, their insurers, and attorneys representing both sides. A settlement commonly takes the form of negotiation, followed by a written agreement in which both sides forgo any further action (such as a lawsuit), choosing instead to resolve the matter through payment of an agreeable amount of money.
Where are the Laws that Govern Personal Injury Cases?
Unlike other areas of the law that find their rules in statutes (such as penal codes in criminal cases), the development of personal injury law has taken place mostly through court decisions, and in treatises written by legal scholars. Many states have taken steps to summarize the development of personal injury law in written statutes, but for practical purposes court decisions remain the main source of the law in any legal case arising from an accident or injury.Source
What is Criminal Defense?
Defense attorneys can use many different arguments to protect the defendant's rights and to make the prosecution prove its case. It is important that the defense attorney raise the various defenses at the proper time. A defense attorney can discuss available defenses before any charges are brought, which could lead to the prosecution to pursue lesser charges or to not even bring any charges at all.
Defenses can be raised at several points on the timeline of a case. Some defenses may be presented to the grand jury, some are presented at pre-trial and others aren't raised until the trial itself. The time to raise a defense is a strategic matter and can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case.
Common Defenses in Criminal Cases
There are defenses when the defendant claims that the facts alleged by the prosecution are incorrect or untrue. This type of defense doesn't require the defendant to produce any evidence and the burden is on the prosecution to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
On the other hand, there are affirmative defenses, which admit the factual allegations, but excuse the defendant's conduct that would otherwise be unlawful. These defenses require the defendant to produce evidence to support them. Some common affirmative defenses include:
- Statute of limitations