North City Law advises and represents businesses and families, with a focus on practice areas that help our clients build, protect, and properly transfer ideas, property, and wealth. Our attorneys’ experience in these complimentary areas help businesses and families in all seasons of life.
Whether you have a business or tax issue that requires legal attention, need to plan your estate, probate (wind up) your loved one’s estate, or resolve a dispute through the law, our North City Law attorneys are here to help!
If you want to operate a healthy, thriving business, hiring experienced business law attorneys is a must. When running an enterprise, there are many things to keep in mind, such as state and federal commercial regulations, as well as laws prescribing the way a professional business environment ought to be conducted. From drafting and reviewing effective contracts to helping you select your legal entity for tax-related purposes, North City Law is here to help!
Business Disputes & Commercial Litigation
If you have a dispute between your business and another business or are involved in commercial litigation, need legal defense against a lawsuit brought by a disgruntled customer, or the owners or business partners need help resolving a dispute or lawsuit between themselves, North City Law can help. North City Law resolves disputes through demand letters, mediation, litigation, and complex business litigation.
Patents and Intellectual Property
If you have an idea or invention, and you feel that it has value, it is probably worth protecting. The patent grant would provide the owner with “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. The first step in any legal process, is to research to see how your idea may best be written in order to secure your patent. A patent lawyer can assist you with this research and preparation needed to secure your patent. North City Law’s relationships with patent lawyers can help your business obtain general counsel on business law from NCL, and patent advice from one of our partners.
Estate planning contemplates the plan to pass your property and wealth upon your death. Proper estate planning can provide for many other situations including: a child with special needs, charitable gifts, bequests to non-family members, and tax planning for large estates. You may also have questions about the distribution of non-probate assets such as retirement accounts, life insurance policies, annuities, or other assets with beneficiary designations. North City Law’s estate planning attorneys can assist you with the estate plan that best provides for your heirs, by discussing your goals in light of your circumstances and then preparing the appropriate legal documents best suited to those goals.
Probate is process through the court in which a deceased person’s estate is “wound up,” the literal meaning of probate. Assets are distributed to heirs and/or designated beneficiaries, and any debts owed to creditors are paid as well. If your loved one died with a validly executed will, the estate will pass according to the terms of the will. If your loved one died intestate (without a will), the decedent’s estate will be passed to heirs-at-law under the laws of intestacy.
Trust and Estate Dispute Resolution (TEDRA)
Whenever conflict occurs when it comes time to carry out the decedent’s wishes, legal help may be needed. An untimely death may prevent the decedent from putting their affairs properly in order, leading to confusion and conflict; the potential heirs and beneficiaries may dispute the validity of a will or other testamentary instrument; a Personal Representative may cut off communication with the heirs and beneficiaries, or there may be signs that the Personal Representative is breaching his or her duties; an heir or beneficiary may threaten the entire estate with groundless accusations and the threat of litigation. North City Law’s attorneys can help resolve troubled probate estates.
With Trusts, conflict may arise as the Trust continues to operate year after year, growing farther and farther away from serving the purpose it was made for. There may be signs that the Trustee is failing to follow the purpose and specific instructions of the trust instrument; the Trustee may waste or embezzle the property of the trust; the Trustee may fail to properly inform the beneficiaries regarding trust operations; there may be a dispute regarding interpreting the language of the trust instrument; or perhaps the beneficiaries seek to modify the trust for liquidity, tax savings, or other purposes. North City Law’s attorney can help resolve legal issues with trusts.