- Business Organizations
- Business and Commercial Law
- Personal Injury-Plaintiffs
- Estate Planning
- Probate and Estate Administration
- Real Estate Law
Business Organizations-The form of entity selected for the conduct of a business greatly impacts the daily operations of the business and the income tax consequences to both the business and its owners. We assist clients with this step of business formation by reviewing the goals and individual facts present in each situation to recommend the best entity-selecting from limited/general partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, or sole proprietorships, and the different elections or options available under each. The services involved here extend from the initial conference and decision-making, through document preparation and filing with appropriate authorities, to post-formation activities such as preparation and adoption of bylaws and director/shareholder resolutions.
Business and Commercial Law-Whether building or acquiring facilities or equipment, contemplating business mergers or acquisitions, contracting for the purchase or sale of goods and services, developing policies, procedures, plans and agreements concerning employees and independent contractors, or simply attempting to comply with the constantly-growing array of rules, regulations, codes, ordinances, statutes and laws effecting businesses, we deliver solutions for our clients. We provide numerous services to assist business clients in the operation of their businesses. Post-formation needs may include employment agreements, standard contracts for goods and services, or the acquisition of new or additional real estate for the conduct of business. Occasionally, an entity may need to seek enforcement of a contractual obligation, or defend claims brought against it. We are prepared to represent these clients and eliminate the need for a business to retain additional counsel for most litigation situations.
Personal Injury-Plaintiffs -Our firm handles all types of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases caused by automobile accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents, bicycle accidents, aviation and watercraft accidents, dog attacks, and slip and falls. Personal injuries not only cause physical pain, but often emotional and financial hardship through loss of work, medical bills and stress placed upon families and loved ones. We often take our physical and mental well being for granted-until something goes wrong. When an accident happens lives are forever changed. Simple pleasures become chores. Daily routines are disrupted. Economic losses are often devastating. Whether caused by an automobile accident or other negligent, careless, or reckless conduct, injuries alter lives forever. We take responsibility for effective, aggressive investigation and representation, allowing the injured person to attend to health, family and economic issues, while pursuing a variety of legal means to obtain the highest possible financial recovery.
If you have suffered physical or emotional injuries due to another’s acts, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim to recover for your damages. Recoverable damages include:
- past and future medical expenses
- physical pain and suffering
- mental anguish
- physical impairment and disfigurement
- lost wages
- loss of earning capacity
Our firm strives to satisfactorily meet client objectives and goals by focusing on the catastrophic personal toll caused by the negligence, carelessness, and recklessness of others so that judges, juries and insurance adjusters alike understand the need to fully and fairly compensate personal injury victims for all aspects of their losses.
Estate Planning-Many people avoid proper estate planning because they do not like thinking about death. However, an effective estate plan can avoid many potential problems for loved ones if something happens unexpectedly. Estate Planning is generally considered the process by which people develop a plan that ensures that the assets they have worked so hard accumulating during their lifetime are protected and distributed to those they love. We have experience in the following areas:
- Power of Attorney
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Living Wills
- Living Trusts
- Life Insurance Trusts
- Family Limited Partnership
- Educational Trusts
- Charitable Remainder Trust
- Business Succession and Insurance Planning
The various tools listed above are regularly used to accomplish a client’s specific goals. We assist clients by determining their specific estate planning needs and coordinating the various estate planning tools to ensure that those needs are effectively met. Through this process, a client’s mind is eased knowing that they have adequately planned for the future.
Probate and Estate Administration-Logically following estate planning is probate and estate administration-putting the plan into operation. We represent fiduciaries and beneficiaries in Missouri and Illinois probate courts by filing the necessary pleadings to admit a decedent’s will to probate, preparing all documents and filings required under Missouri and Illinois laws and procedures, and preparing income tax returns for the estate, as well as any required estate tax returns. We take special care during these difficult times to represent families with caring and compassionate counsel, guidance and direction. Experience enables us to counsel surviving spouses and children during this transition and help them make sound legal decisions for their future.
Real Estate Law-Real estate buyers and sellers come to the Law Offices of Dennis L. Callahan for our business approach to transactions and understanding of their needs. They stay with us because of the reasonable fees that result from our size, location and efficient staffing of real estate transactions and related litigation. We represent property owners in all phases of real estate development — from feasibility, acquisition and zoning through financing, leasing and management — and in all types of commercial and residential projects. We thoroughly immerse ourselves in the details of the business aspects of each deal. Our close working relationships with brokers, underwriters, government agencies, and construction professionals are valuable assets to clients. In all transactions, our goal is to enable the client to make the deal happen. Our clients include both sophisticated real estate players and relative newcomers, and we tailor our services accordingly. For experienced developers, we play an advisory role; with other clients, our experience helps guide them through the complexities of approvals, financing and operation. Our services include the full range of legal services needed in any real estate transaction.