At Thomas Law Office, a Phoenix Arizona and family law and bankruptcy law firm, attorneys are prepared to serve people from all walks of life through their most difficult cases. Since 1996, we have represented clients with a wide variety of cases — simple and very complex, very large and small. Thomas Law Office attorneys understand the kinds of sudden situations that cause bankruptcy, divorce, and other family-related legal problems, and will not talk down to you or make you feel bad about what has happened. Our job is to help you out of the mess that you may be in or to prevent a mess from happening in the first place.
Mr. Thomas approaches his cases with not only compassion for his clients but with a zealous, persistent form of advocacy. Mr. Thomas intentionally limits his caseload in order to give substantial time and energy to every client. You absolutely will NOT be treated like a number at Thomas Law Office. We have been complimented time and again not only on the results obtained for clients but on how responsive and attentive we are to our clients.
Divorce and Custody
Ronald V. Thomas has nearly two decades of experience guiding his clients through various legal troubles. Regardless of the family law problem you face, Mr. Thomas has the experience, skills, and dedication to build your case and get a successful outcome for you.
The attorneys at Thomas Law Office handle all of the following types of family law matters:
- Child custody (legal decision-making)
- Child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Visitation (parenting time)
- Restraining orders
- Grandparent’s rights
- Father’s rights
- Divorce mediation representation
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Property division and settlement agreements
Most family law cases involve divorce and a variety of associated factors that affect one’s property, children and finances. There are a few general things most people should take into consideration:
- You should always discuss your case with an attorney before notifying your spouse of the pending legal action. You’ll know what to expect and be better prepared for your spouse’s reaction, and you may be able to avoid a variety traps for the unwary.
- You and your attorney may plan to draft a property settlement agreement. It is best to avoid litigating if the other side is able to be reasonable with you. Usually, if you can come to an agreement with your spouse regarding child support, visitation, and spousal support, the process will go much more smoothly.
- Credit cards
- Medical bills
- Civil judgments against you
- Any other unsecured debts
Bankruptcy is a complicated area of the law, in which even a tiny mistake can get your case dismissed. It is important to understand basic bankruptcy principles and hire an attorney with the experience and skill to get your debts discharged or restructured.
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
The vast majority of individual bankruptcies fall within this category. Under this Chapter, you liquidate non-exempt assets to pay your creditors, and in exchange, your debts are erased. Despite liquidation requirements, in many cases clients are able to keep most or all of their assets. Debts discharged in this manner often include:
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
This form of bankruptcy allows businesses, sole proprietors and some individuals a way to restructure their debts without having to liquidate their assets. Obviously, it would be difficult to run your business if you have to liquidate the property necessary to running the business.
Under Chapter 11, your debt payments are restructured, and you make payments according to a court defined plan. Generally speaking, payments are made based on your disposable income.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Under Chapter 13, you agree to repay most or all of the outstanding debt in exchange for more favorable repayment terms. You will work with your Phoenix, Arizona bankruptcy attorney to draft a proposed repayment plan that will be submitted to the court for approval. This is often preferable because your creditors may agree to accept lower interest payments or reduce the outstanding principal amount. Another benefit is that you are allowed to keep your property and assets safe from liquidation.
Only an experienced attorney can effectively guide you through the bankruptcy process. Many factors have to be considered; there is no one-size-fits-all approach to bankruptcy. Call a Phoenix, AZ bankruptcy attorney today!
Phoenix Arizona Bankruptcy and Family Law Firm
Whether you need to file for bankruptcy or your spouse has served you with divorce papers, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. Call the Thomas Law Office today for an evaluation of your case.