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307 W Pine St | Hattiesburg, MS 39401
P.O. Box 1953 | Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1953

(601) 544-0950

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

 

LITIGATION

At Roberts and Associates, we have experience representing litigation clients in all the following courts.  If you plan to file suit, or have been served with a lawsuit in any of these jurisdictions, we are able to represent you.  We are equally comfortable and capable in Mississippi state courts and federal courts, and have firsthand experience trying cases in all of these venues.

 

Federal Court – United States District Court, Northern or Southern District of Mississippi

Circuit Court – General jurisdiction courts by district, handles civil cases and criminal matters

Chancery Court – General equity jurisdiction, handles matters of probate, estate administration, and real estate

County Court – handles civil cases with claims less than $200,000

Appellate Courts – Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Court of Appeals

EMPLOYMENT LAW

At Roberts and Associates we counsel clients as a proactive and preventative resource in employment matters. If our advised routine documents are signed when an employee is hired, the probability of facing a lawsuit about one of these matters decreases exponentially. We develop policies and procedures manuals for businesses, including:

 

Arbitration clauses

Employment at-will statements

Drug testing policies

Pre-employment screening and criminal background check policies

Internet privacy and usage policies

 

INSURANCE DEFENSE

Roberts and Associates defends clients being sued, on behalf of their insurance companies. We have represented clients for companies such as: AIG, St. Paul, Hartford, GAB Robins, and F.A. Richard and Associates. Coverage Opinions for Insurance Companies- We have interpreted and analyzed for insurance companies, and have handled complex insurance coverage litigation and Declaratory Judgment actions.

 

PERSONAL COUNSEL

When you have been sued, and your insurance company has hired an attorney on your behalf, we at Roberts and Associates can counsel you. We may not be involved in the litigation or in your defense, but we will work with you to explain what is happening in your case and make sure that the insurance company is serving your interests.

 

BAD FAITH

When an insurance company denies coverage to a policyholder, and there is no arguable basis for the denial, the insurance company has breached their contract with the insured. In these cases of bad faith, Roberts and Associates represents the insured to provide them the coverage they were promised.

 

EXCESS OF POLICY CLAIMS

When some coverage is available but insufficient to cover a policyholder’s defense claim, we will represent the insured party in their continued defense, or in conjugation with your insurance company to make sure your personal assets are protected.

 

PERSONAL INJURY

At Roberts and Associates, we have over twenty years of experience handling personal injury litigation. We are advocates for our clients, and we will do everything in our ability to get you the compensation you deserve. Our firm will make sure that you have a voice and that your rights are protected. Most claims must be filed within a set period of time or they may be lost. The more quickly you consult us, the more quickly we can help you find relief. We will evaluate your case at no cost to you, and counsel you on the best way to move forward. After an accident, a good lawyer is exactly what you need, and the last thing you can afford to spend money on. That is why in personal injury cases WE ALWAYS OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS and WE NEVER CHARGE LEGAL FEES UNTIL YOUR CASE IS RESOLVED.

We represent clients in cases involving:

 

Car accidents

Trucking accidents

Offshore injuries

Slip and fall injuries

Injuries by products

Unsafe working conditions

Wrongful death

 

ESTATE AND ELDER LAW

At Roberts and Associates, we believe that having a good estate plan is essential for businesses and individuals. We will work with you to keep your plan up to date, and make sure that you are protected from the unexpected. With a comprehensive estate plan in place, you can rest assured knowing that the future is secure. We also handle matters of probate law that deal with the transfer of assets to beneficiaries, and have experience with routine or complex estate administration.

At Roberts & Associates, we offer:

 

ESTATE PLANNING

 

Wills and probate administration, guardianships and conservatorships.

Trusts (living, grantor retained annuity, charitable).

Durable powers of attorney to help care for financial matters if you should become disabled.

Advance health care directives (living wills) which allow you to die with dignity.

Estate, income and capital gains tax minimization through planning.

Trust formation for wealth transfer, privacy, greater control and blended families.

Premarital financial planning.

Retirement planning (including wealth transfer and asset protection planning).

 
PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION

 

Probate of wills

Administration of estates

Establishment of heirship

Will contests

 

BUSINESS PLANNING

 

Business succession, wealth transitions and transfer planning for family owned/closely held businesses.

Partnership agreements, buy-outs, employment contracts.

Liability minimization.

Retirement plan development.

Tax minimization and exemptions, including estate, income and generation-skipping tax.

Estate planning presentations coordinated through employer’s Human Resources Department.

Packaged individual estate planning and probate services are offered to employers at a reduced rate so services can be presented to their employees at a discount as part of their compensation/benefit packages.

 

FAMILY LAW

Our families are the centerpieces of our lives, so family law matters can be especially stressful. When trouble arises, Roberts and Associates is here to help. We offer representation in contested and uncontested divorces. You can also call on us to resolve issues regarding your children, including child support and child custody. We are also happy to help you grow your family by providing guidance through the adoption process.

 

Practice areas include:

Irreconcilable differences divorce

Fault based divorce

Child support

Child custody

Adoption

Juvenile litigation

Juvenile delinquency

 

PRIVATE DIVORCE MEDIATION

Private divorce mediation offers married couples a forum to work out their differences and agree on property and custody issues with the help and guidance of a knowledgeable professional who represents neither party. Roberts and Associates has a trained and registered mediators. Our mediation practice centers around the idea that with proper counsel people can be reasonable and not hang their dirty laundry in public. Our clients have found that it’s usually effective and less expensive than a nasty contested divorce.

BUSINESS AND
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

At Roberts and Associates, we counsel business owners regarding your legal options in periods of formation, transition, expansion and development. We negotiate contracts, draft buyers’ and sellers’ documents, write title insurance, and work from start to finish when handling the purchase or sale of a commercial property.  We are also experienced in the purchase and sale of large land tracts or industrial facilities with multiple zoning and environmental considerations.

We understand that your business is among the most important aspects of your life.  With all the competition and potential liability, it can be complicated. We are committed to assisting you in the legal concerns of your business, so you can continue to focus on the success and progress of the business itself.

FOR BUSINESSES, WE OFFER SERVICES IN:

Commercial transactions

Buy/sell agreements

Due diligence

Negotiations in contracts

Transactional documents

Corporate LLC work—prepare resolutions to have proper authorization/shareholder votes to transfer corporation

Bill of sale personal property transfer—equipment transfer

UCC searches

Secured transactions—bank financing

1031 exchanges

Formation of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)

Formation of Corporations

Dissolution of business entities

Purchase and sale of businesses

Commercial transactions

Family limited partnerships

Minority shareholder rights