Personal Legal Services

When legal issues arise that impact your finances or family, you need a trusted and experienced advocate on your side. Lewis Kappes provides a broad range of legal services to individuals and families to help them achieve their goals. We assist clients with family law matters, estate planning, personal injury cases, and development of professional agreements and contracts. We offer extensive experience in these areas of the law, and are sensitive to the special needs and interests raised by legal proceedings concerned with family relationships and changes in life circumstances.

Estate Planning

Whatever estate goals you are pursuing, we can help you create the legal outcomes you seek while minimizing any tax liabilities that could affect you. Our attorneys will help you legally protect your legacy and will work closely with you to address your unique estate needs to reflect your priorities. Our estate planning services can support you with:

  • Drafting wills and trusts to provide for spouse, children, and others
  • Protecting your beneficiaries from divorce, lawsuits, and other threats
  • Counseling on life insurance in estate and business planning
  • Counseling on avoiding probate
  • Planning for the care of minors or others with disabilities
  • Succession planning for a family business
  • Tax planning to help minimize or avoid estate and gift taxes

Probate & Litigation

The decisions you make at the time of probate can significantly reduce your administration burden or your litigation potential. Lewis Kappes attorneys can help guide you through this process with efficiency and care. We can assist with:

  • Representing the Trustee or beneficiaries in modifying or early termination of Trusts
  • Estate litigation for advice and guidance to construe the will or trust or determine other issues in the administration of the estate or trust
  • Representing creditors or claimants in litigation involving estates
  • Determining and enforcing spousal rights
  • Representing litigants in claims of breach of fiduciary duty

Family Law

Every family is unique and faces different issues when marriages occur, are dissolved or circumstances require a new plan for the care of children. Our work includes helping with:

  • Drafting and litigating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Pre-separation planning and legal separations
  • Dissolution of marriage (divorce) and pre-dissolution planning
  • Child support and custody modifications
  • Enforcement of unpaid child support and property settlement obligations
  • Negotiation, mediation, and litigation in trial courts

Personal Contracts and Agreements

The Lewis Kappes attorneys regularly advise individuals on:

  • Employment Agreements
  • Severance and Separation Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Independent Contractor Agreements

Personal Injury

Lewis Kappes has experience handling personal injury matters including wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims including:

  • Car accidents
  • Collisions with trucks or semis
  • Medical malpractice claims
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Child wrongful death
  • Injuries from the use of defective products (products liability)

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