Popular Law Questions
Family Law Questions
I am getting divorced. Do I need an Attorney?
It ordinarily is a good idea to consult with a lawyer about major life events or changes, such as a divorce. Daniel P. Ufford will protect your rights, as well as the rights of your children. Mr. Ufford keeps current with the laws concerning marriage, divorce, marital property, child custody and visitation, and family support.
Who determines how assets are divided in a divorce?
Generally, spouses are free to divide their property as they see fit in a marital settlement agreement. However, if the division of property cannot be settled, then the court must make the determination. Whether a settlement, or hearing before a court, Daniel P. Ufford has the knowledge, skill, and experience to advocate for you.
Do grandparents have visitation rights to their grandchildren?
Traditionally, the common law denied grandparents visitation with a child over a parent’s objections. But since 1965, all states have enacted legislation enabling grandparents to petition the courts for visitation rights with grandchildren. Daniel P. Ufford can help you determine visitation rights under the law.
Estate Planning Questions
What is Estate Planning?
Estate planning is a process involving the counsel of professional advisors who are familiar with your goals and concerns, your assets and how they are owned, and your family structure. Estate planning covers the transfer of property at death as well as a variety of other personal matters and may or may not involve tax planning. The core document most often associated with this process is your will. Daniel P. Ufford has the expertise to work with you to obtain your goals for your assets.
What happens if you die without a Will?
If you die without a will, the state’s laws of descent and distribution will determine who receives your property by default. These laws vary from state to state. That plan may or may not reflect your actual wishes, and some of the built-in protections may not be necessary for your family setting. A will allows you to alter the state’s default plan to suit your personal preferences. It also permits you to exercise control over personal decisions that broad and general state default provisions cannot address. Let Daniel P. Ufford help you plan your Will today.
What is a Trust?
Trusts are legal arrangements that can provide incredible flexibility for the ownership of certain assets, and enable you and your heirs to achieve a number of significant personal goals that cannot be achieved otherwise. The trust operates outside, and beyond, what is covered by a will. Daniel P. Ufford can help you establish a trust to achieve your specific goals.
Business Planning Questions
What is Business Law?
Business Law is a very broad category. It includes all of the laws that govern how to start, buy, manage and close or sell any type of business. Daniel P. Ufford can help you navigate the complexities of this area of law, so that you can run your business efficiently.
Do I need an Attorney for my Business?
Yes. Whether a sole proprietorship or a multinational corporation, any successful business has an Attorney at arm’s length to answer legal questions. Your business will run more efficiently when you are able to make decisions knowing all the ramifications. Daniel P. Ufford has the expertise to make that happen.
What is Business Planning?
This is the process of determining your business objectives, strategies, and projected actions in order to promote its survival and development. Business planning typically has two key aspects, one focused on making profits and the other focused on dealing with risks that might negatively impact the business. There are specific planning strategies for starting a business, and for running a business. Daniel P. Ufford can help you with every planning milestone for your business.
Criminal Law Questions
Will I go to Jail?
Quite possibly. A judge can order you to serve part or all of a criminal sentence in jail. Whether or not that will happen can only be predicted with thorough insight, and competent legal advice. Daniel P. Ufford can use his years of experience to help you through the criminal justice process.
Do I need an Attorney?
Yes. Too often there is a mistaken belief that courts will show more mercy if you plead guilty and do not hire an attorney. Do not make this mistake. Without an attorney, you are often subject to the mercy of the State prosecutor. Daniel P. Ufford will advocate for you to ensure your rights, interests, and role are properly addressed.
What happens if I am Convicted?
Crimes are each categorized by classifications. Generally, felonies are more serious than misdemeanors. However, there are further classifications within each of those categories. Also, the specific nature of an offense can carry further ramifications—For example, driver license suspension, registry requirements, or community supervision to name a few. Let Daniel P. Ufford use his expertise to guide and advise you through the criminal justice process.