Central AR Legal Services
Why Davidson Law Firm?
At DLF, our attorneys and staff are focused on personal service and creating a long term relationship, regardless of whether you are an individual, a family or a large business. Our personal approach enables us to provide you with better service because we understand how decisions you may make today impact your future, and the possible impact of decisions on both a business and personal level. At Davidson Law Firm we don’t just focus on an issue, we consider the overall impact of your decisions on yourself, your family and your business. Our personalized approach is what sets us apart from other firms.
The banking industry is one of the most closely regulated sectors of our economy. There are federal, state, and local laws that banks must navigate to ensure compliance with the law and protect the bank from liability. In recent years, banks have become an easy target for consumer-protection groups. It has never been more important to have someone who understands banking and how to protect banks.
There was a time when virtually every time someone purchased a piece of real estate, a lawyer was involved, usually at more than one point in the process. Now, most transactions are handled by non-lawyers using standardized forms, most of whom don’t know what they don’t know about real-estate law. If a piece of real estate is large enough to have value, it is large enough to need the scrutiny of a real-estate lawyer.
Estate planning is one of the most frequently misunderstood areas of law, but its importance for your family could not be any greater. The difference between a knowledgeable, careful estate planning attorney and the person who does a “copy-and-paste” job could affect your family for generations to come. Unfortunately, however, it is usually years later before someone knows whether the lawyer did the right thing. We have been handling estate planning for decades, from the very large to the very small.
Most people do not realize all the moving pieces behind a construction project. There is virtually no project that does not require at least knowledge of the process behind getting permits and complying with state and local building codes. Construction companies also have to comply with OSHA or face stiff penalties. And then there is the ever-present problem of finding, managing, cajoling, supervising, and paying the seemingly endless array of subcontractors on any project.
The term family law broadly describes the legal framework that regulates marriage and family relationships, including divorce, paternity, guardianship, adoption, and grandparent visitation. It is the one area of law that virtually every person in our society will have to deal with at some point. Usually, that experience is stressful because it is expensive and requires us to put into the public eye what we thought would remain in private. A good family lawyer has to balance the legal aspects of a case as well as the emotional and psychological toll it can take on clients.
The probate process is simply the legal procedure for bringing a person’s will to life—after their death. The probate court requires the person’s family to alert the public to make sure that the deceased person’s property pays all of his or her bills before it is distributed to the heirs. Probate often has a negative connotation, but there are many families that need just the kind of court oversight that probate provides.
Bankruptcy is an issue that no one wants to discuss, kind of like divorce, but there are so many situations in which bankruptcy is the only option. Despite how it is portrayed, it is rarely a “get-out-of-paying-my-bills” ticket. Instead, the bankruptcy code allows a person or business, under certain circumstances, to reorganize debt so that creditors can be paid back a portion of what they owe. Without bankruptcy, in many situations a creditor would not receive anything. We represent both individuals and businesses through the bankruptcy process.
When we think about property, it usually involves the ground and maybe a building. But some of the most valuable things are ideas. Intellectual property law, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc., allow a person to put the hard work into creating an idea and know that someone else cannot simply come along and steal it.
In some ways, helping a new entrepreneur is like a patent or a trademark: Someone has an idea and it’s our job to make sure it gets off the ground and is protected. There are a lot of issues that face small-business owners that may not be complicated, but they need sound legal advice. For many of those issues, we can provide quick, helpful guidance in an affordable way when a business may not have much money for legal fees.
Benjamin Franklin wrote that nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes. Tax laws are the rules and procedures that determine how local, state, and federal governments calculate and enforce taxes owed by individuals and business entities. Tax laws change each year, thus it is important to stay abreast of these changes and how it may impact you individually and your business. In January 2018, the most significant tax law change since 1986 occurred. These changes impacted the way individuals and businesses are taxed, what deductions can be taken, and what documentation is required to substantiate compliance with the Affordable Care Act. We can provide guidance and represent individuals or businesses with their tax issues.
Employment laws are the laws and rules that regulate the relationship between an employer and an employee and originated in the early 1900s in response to oppressive employment practices. Laws addressing overtime and minimum wage, child labor, family leave, military leave, maternity leave, workplace safety, and racial, age, or disability discrimination were enacted to address these concerns. Arkansas is an “at will” state, meaning that an employee can be discharged for any reason or no reason. However, if an employer violates state or federal law when they terminate an employee, this may result in liability for the employer. We can provide straightforward advice to individuals and employers how to avoid running afoul of employment laws.
An appeal is always “Plan B” after you have lost at trial. If you’re going to win your case, it’s easiest to do it there. But sometimes a judge may make an incorrect decision or there may not be law on a particular issue and the judge makes it up. Whatever the reason, you can appeal a judge’s decision to the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, which will look over the case and decide whether the judge made an error.