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Civil Litigation, Probate

and Estate Planning

Civil Litigation Attorney in Tyler, TX

Personal and private disputes over money and property can sometimes be resolved outside of court. However, when both parties cannot reach an agreement, civil litigation may be required. The Law Office of Patrick K. Woods, PLLC provides skillful representation for clients in Tyler, Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, and throughout Texas. From consumer protection to business contracts to mineral rights, Mr. Woods argues in your favor.

Consumer and Commercial Litigation

The Law Office of Patrick K. Woods can represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil litigation matters. Mr. Woods initially acquired civil litigation experience while working at a highly regarded nationwide firm, representing small and large counties, cities, and school districts in complex tax disputes throughout east Texas.

As a result of this experience, Mr. Woods gained the "large firm" skills needed to meet the diverse needs of his clients. He is able to represent corporations, small businesses, and individuals in disputes such as business contracts, consumer protection matters, personal injury, and maritime accidents in both state and federal courts. If you or someone you know is engaged in some type of civil dispute, contact Attorney Woods to schedule a consultation.

Texas Consumer Litigation Lawyer

Consumer and commercial law is the practice of law dealing with consumer and commercial transactions, including transactions of individual and business consumers and commercial transactions between businesses and other businesses or individuals. Law Office of Patrick K. Woods, represents people and businesses in litigation pursuant to the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA"). The firm's experience in general civil litigation aided by extensive knowledge of the DTPA and relevant case law provides our clients with a distinct advantage in DTPA Claims.

What is the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act?

Enacted in 1973, the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act ("DTPA") was created to protect consumers from false, misleading, and deceptive practices by business and insurance practice as well as breaches of warranty and unconscionable actions. The Act defines consumers to include natural persons and small to middle sized businesses.

What Conduct is Prohibited by the Act?

The full text of the DTPA can be found at section 17.41 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Specifically, section 17.46(b) of the Texas Business and Commerce Code contains a non-exclusive list of 25 prohibited acts. Some of the prohibited acts include:

• Passing off goods or services as those of another
• False representation
• False disparagement of goods or services of another business
• False advertising (in certain circumstances)
• False misrepresentation
• False warranties
• Failure to disclose certain information in sales of goods and services
• False representation of business entity status
• Price gauging after a disaster

How Can I Determine If I Have a Viable Cause of Action?

Case law interpreting the DTPA is a fluid and ever-changing matter. The best way to protect your rights is to immediately contact an experienced Deceptive Trade Practices Act attorney if you think you may have a cause of action.

Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and Gas

Mineral rights are an essential part of land ownership in Texas. These valuable rights can be compromised when owners sign documents, take action, or fail to take action. Property and mineral owners should consult with an oil and gas attorney before taking any action with regard to mineral rights, mineral leases, or contracts. Mr. Woods can handle various agreements and litigation within the oil and gas industry, including:

• Mineral Lease Agreements
• Joint Operating Agreements
• Purchase and Sale Agreements
• Title Examinations

Probate and Estate Planning

Probate is the legal process of administering an estate and resolving all claims to assets and property the process is often dictated by a valid will, but also applies when a person dies without having signed a valid will. The process involves validating a will and interpreting the intent and instructions contained with the will or following statutory dictates in the absence of a controlling will.

Probate involves not only the distribution of an estate, but also resolution of any creditor claims and assignment of an executor or administrator. The process works on behalf of heirs and other parties who may have claims against the estate.

Estate planning is the process of arranging your assets to be distributed legally to the next generation, usually through a Will and/or Trust. Proper planning of an estate helps ensure that your wishes are carried out.

What happens if you choose not to plan your estate? Without a Will, the state will claim your estate as “intestate,” and then it will be up to Texas’s laws to distribute your assets. This process takes a considerable amount of time, and any attorneys’ fees will come straight from the estate, thereby reducing how much of your assets go to your children and children’s children.

Once you plan for your estate, you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have done your best to protect your family and knowing that you have saved them time and legal fees. Proper planning can also maximize the value of your estate by accounting for taxes and expenses in advance.

Even if you’ve had a Will or Trust for a while, it is important to make sure older Wills and Trusts are up to date so that they work properly when they are needed.

Contact the Law Office of Patrick K. Woods for a free consultation.