The Copeland Law Group, PLLC offers full service representation in all areas for business and individuals: civil, corporate, mediation, arbitration, immigration, asset protection, estate planning, tax and probate matters. We are known for our ability to resolve complex legal matters by providing the highest quality legal service at reasonable costs, while maintaining professional, ethical and personal integrity.
We work closely with out clients and have assisted employees of business with transfers and visas to the US and abroad.
At the Copeland Law Group, PLLC we understand legal actions can be a tremendous financial and emotional burden for all parties involved. That is why we believe in advising our clients to take a proactive rather than a reactive approach in dealing with legal matters. By counseling our clients to understand what the law is and how it affects them on the business as well as personal level, our clients are empowered to minimize the chances of being involved in a legal action. Nonetheless, in the event that our clients are involved in an unpreventable legal action, at the Copeland Law Group, PLLC, we understand that not all client’s legal needs are alike, which is why our firm prides itself in providing legal representation that is tailored to the needs of our clients rather than our firm’s. Our commitment to proving outstanding legal service and customized counseling through efficiency and cost effective means is what earned our favorable reputation from our clients and peers.
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ESTATE PLANNING and PROBATE
A person who has passed away without having created a valid will prior to his/her death is said to be intestate. If a person dies without a will in Texas, the laws of intestacy governs the disposition of Decedent’s estate rather than the wishes of the Decedent. The effect of intestacy is further complicated by the potential delays that may occur due to the necessity to determine the rightful heirs of Decedent’s estate. Moreover, the appointment of an administrator may be required to settle the estate, which sometimes requires the posting of a bond.
There are three types of wills that are recognized in Texas. The first type is the attested will (also known as a formal will) that is normally drafted by a legal professional. To create an attested written will, it must be executed by the testator, witnessed by two credible witnesses above the age 14 years, and the witnesses must sign the will in the presence of the testator (person creating the will). If the will is made self-proved, then it may be admitted to probate without the testimony of any subscribing witness. The second type is called the holographic will which is written wholly in the handwriting of the testator. The third type is an oral will which is valid only if made during the testator’s last illness while at home or if taken away from home and passes away before returning home. The disposition of property of an oral will only applies to personal property, and if the value of the personal property exceeds $30, there must be three or more credible witnesses to the oral will.
There are some exceptions and/or additional requirements that must be met in order for a will to be probated. A court will uphold a will only if it is valid, thus it is crucial to retain the service of an attorney experienced in will drafting so that the requirements of the formation and execution of the will are followed so that Decedent’s last wishes are effectuated.
We know immigration issues can be frustrating, confusing and most of all you feel alone. Let us help make the process more comfortable, and somewhat enjoyable. We all come from different paths in life but we are here to help you get to where you want to be.
DEBT COLLECTION ISSUES
Dealing with a debt collector can be a stressful experience. A debt collector is not entitled to harass you just because you owe a debt. There are debt collection laws that protect consumers from abusive debt collection practices and may entitle consumers to monetary damages and attorney's fees.
Know your rights! A debt collector cannot use threads of violence, profanity or abusive language, threads of publicizing your debt, contact you when you are represented by an attorney, call an unreasonable number of times, or at unreasonable hours of the day. Call the Copeland Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation to determine if your consumer rights have been violated.
Tax avoidance vs tax evasion. Tax evasion is the intentional avoidance of tax by inaccurately declaring taxable income. Tax evasion is a crime, while tax avoidance is implementing legal methods to achieve minimal impacts of taxation, divorce, and/or bankruptcy.
Every client's situation is different. That is why at the the Copeland Law Group, PLLC, we custom asset protection plans that are designed specifically for each client.
Simply, it’s a revocable living trust (RLT) specifically written to own guns. Trusts are commonly used for estate planning and a properly drafted gun trust provides you with a trust that is specifically written for firearms with detailed instructions on how trust assets will be used and for whom. An invalid/non-compliant trust risks firearm confiscation or even a charge of an “accidental” felony. This can occur when you innocently “share” regulated Nation Firearms Act (NFA) firearms with your family or friends. Penalties are severe – up to ten years in prison and fines up to $250,000 or more, for conviction under the National Firearms Act.
You have just received a notice from the IRS stating that you owe taxes. What do you do? Generally, when a taxpayer is confronted with an IRS problem, the taxpayer may be facing issues such as an IRS audit, levy, liens, seizures, wage garnishment, or payroll tax issues. To make matters worse, the IRS is notorious for adding penalty and interest to the tax debt. As a taxpayer, you have rights. The IRS will never inform you of those rights. The IRS will never tell you that under certain circumstances, relief can be granted from paying the penalty or interest, or both. Before you pay any amount to the IRS, seek professional advice for your tax matter. At the Copeland Law Group, PLLC, we render legal tax service that significantly changes the outcome of our clients' battles with the IRS.
Services Offered: Audit Representation, Delinquent Tax Return Filings, Innocent Spouse Protection, Installment Agreement, IRA Characterization Issues, Offer in Compromise, Payroll Tax Resolution, Penalty/Interest Abatement, Stop Levies, Liens, & Seizures.
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