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Plano Divorce and Probate Attorney  – Serving Collin, Denton, Dallas, Tarrant and Surrounding Counties

I’m Jon R. Boyd. Give me three minutes of your timeyou’ll be glad you did.

Do you need to hire a Family Law attorney?

Divorce is a fact of life. One divorce happens every 13 seconds in our country and hovers at about 50% of first marriages and much higher for remarriages. Marriage can be hard. Some make it, many don’t, others don’t seem to want to. Life happens.

Issues you will face as part of a divorce, or if there is a child outside of marriage or there are other family law problems, include child custody, child support, visitation disputes, residence restrictions, interstate jurisdiction, paternity, enforcement, alimony,division of marital property and debt, adoption, family violence, and the need for contractual agreements on how to divide and preserve property.

When your spouse first mentions the word “divorce” or when you find yourself embroiled in another kind of family law dispute, you may wonder:

Marriage on a egg, broken

  • Will you be able to maintain a significant role in your child’s life?
  • How will you be treated by the Court system?
  • Should you try to settle? or should you go to trial?
  • Will your financial assets be fairly distributed?
  • How will you financially care for yourself? Your children?
  • How will your children handle this change?
  • Should you represent yourself? Which attorney is best for you?
  • As a man, you may be wondering whether you will be treated fairly by a system that seems to favor women…

In almost all cases, you need a lawyer if you have a family law issue , even if you believe it is agreed. Do NOT represent yourself. Family Law involves serious, life altering issues and has become increasingly complex. Mistakes can prove very costly, as many who have represented themselves have learned.

You need a family law attorney who can provide clear answers and forceful advocacy.

Why You Should Choose Us For Your Family Law Matter:

1.  You Will Know We Have Your Back and Are Fighting for You

When I am hired by clients who have had prior lawyers, the comment I hear most most often is that the client changed lawyers because they didn’t get the feeling their former lawyer was fighting for them. Once those clients have had me on their side, they can see that we are genuinely interested in their welfare and the best interests of their children. That’s what people want. That’s what I would want if I were a client. And that’s what my staff and I enjoy providing.

I am a divorced father of four children. They are all grown, but the memory of the fight is still vivid. I know what it’s like to go through this. We will go through it together.

2.  You Will Know We Are Honest, Straightforward and Transparent

These days, there are advertisements on the web or in various media advertising with all sorts of gimmicks, slogans and “come on’s” from various family law attorneys who advertise in this area. You often hear about “soft” divorce, “easy” divorce, “hard divorce”, “call the locksmith”, call the “law hawk” and so on.  Some lawyers promise you that your case will be quick and easy. Still others brag that they are “very aggressive”, steering you toward litigation. It seems everyone has a “hook” of some sort.

The honest truth is, there is no magic wand or one size fits all. No two cases are the same. Although there are common elements to most cases, every case, like every person, has it’s own personality. Some divorces or other family law disputes can be easy- and we can handle those for you. But some are very difficult- these are referred to as high conflict cases. There can be a multitude of causes for cases being difficult. No matter- we can handle it. We have handled many high conflict cases against top notch lawyers and we welcome high conflict cases. You don’t deserve to be treated like livestock going through a cattle shoot.

Either way, easy or hard, you need a lawyer who is honest with you and a lawyer whom you can trust. A lawyer who will shoot straight with you about the law. About your facts. Your options. Your costs. Our billing. I’ll shoot straight with you about your case and I’ll shoot straight with you about what it will cost you.

3. You Will See That Our Experience Will Make A Difference

They say there is no substitute for experience.  They’re right.

My practice has been limited to Family Law for many years. It has been my focus and passion during most of my 36 year+ career thus far. It’s what I enjoy and what I’m very good at.  I have personally handled thousands of cases (most contested), including trials, hearings, mediations, and dozens of jury trials, all over the Metroplex and across the State. This has formed the foundation of my working knowledge of the law, the courts, the opposing lawyers and of human nature which enables me to provide you highly skilled representation.  I use common sense as well as ‘book’ sense. I hire experienced support staff. I’m experienced and confident enough to be comfortable leading you whichever direction is best for you, whether that’s working toward settling your case as amicably as possible or trying your case in court. I  have the integrity not to gouge you or push you to take actions which aren’t best for you or your family. After all, going through this process, you need someone who believes in you, who wants to help and guide you, and who has the skill and ability to fight for you.

4.You Will See We Are Affordable  

There are numerous, well known, reputable “big firm” Family Law firms with multiple attorneys on staff. They offer good quality and a team approach. But they also ‘offer’ very large retainers being required, high hourly rates, and billing for everything under the sun.

At the Law Office of Jon R. Boyd, your retainer is much less than most other firms, my hourly rate is lower than theirs, and we do not bill for such things as “air conditioning” or make you pay for gorgeously designed interiors.  With over 36 years experience, much of it against the “big firms”, you will get the quality you need for the price you can best afford. We also offer a way for you to pay out your fees during your case under certain circumstances. And for those who prefer, I can charge a flat fee rather than hourly fees.

5. You Will See Not All “Family Law” Attorneys Are The Same

There are many attorneys saying they practice Family Law. Are there good family law attorneys out there? Of course. If you choose another good lawyer, I wish you the best.

But be very careful–many other lawyers and firms consider family law as just one of several areas of practice and only do family law to “pay the bills” while they handle other cases they enjoy more or consider more profitable. And, of the many divorce attorneys out there, there are quite a few who will handle only cases they can settle by limiting their practice only to collaborative law or mediation, and they’re unwilling and frankly not experienced or qualified enough to take your family law case to trial if that’s what your case needs. Still other family law attorneys’ practices are simply a ‘divorce mill’ of a large volume of uncontested, simple cases. Finally, most of the larger, reputable “D Magazine”  family law firms will have you meet with one of their senior or “name” lawyers, but then delegate your case to one of the junior attorneys whom you often have not even met.

That leaves lawyers like me.

When you hire the Law Office of Jon R. Boyd, the good news is I am a solo Attorney supported by a paralegal and legal assistant. I will therefore personally handle your case from beginning to end with the aid of my paralegal and staff.  When we go to trial, if we mediate the case, whatever is needed, I am the only attorney you will see.  I will personally and zealously fight for your interests if we go to the courthouse. When you choose the Law Office of Jon R. Boyd, you have our commitment to give you and your case the attention you need and it deserves.

6. You Will Be Satisfied Like Our Other Clients

Many of my former clients’ comments can be seen in the Testimonials section of this site. Here’s an example of what one of my clients recently   said–

“We’ll never be able to thank you enough for representing and winning this case for us. From the first time my wife went to your office to meet you, she told me ‘he’s the one’ and as usual, she was right.  Your confidence, professionalism, knowledge and experience made the decision so much easier. We appreciate you taking the time to go through this painful process with us and making it bearable.  Your knowledge and your assertive attitude gave us the sense of security we needed. Your patience to explain all the legal paperwork that came with our case, and the great advice you gave us so we could handle a difficult situation, are very much appreciated.”

This client, as have many others, appreciated my representation because I recognize that going through a divorce, child custody dispute or other family law matter can be stressful, emotionally difficult, expensive and trying, and believe you deserve the highest level of excellence and personal service possible. When you choose the Law Office of Jon R. Boyd to represent you, we will take an interest in you as an individual, not just as a faceless “file.”

At the Law Office of Jon R. Boyd, we will bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied with our service. We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, determine the options for the best strategy for you to get the outcome you desire, explain these options to you in understandable, everyday language, giving you our recommendations, and then doing our very best to accomplish the result you want and deserve.

7. You Will Receive Immediate Updates and Prompt Attention

We never subject you to ‘phone trees’a real person will answer your calls. Your calls and e-mails are monitored daily and questions answered promptly. We keep you constantly and  informed about the progress and status of your case by immediately sending you copies of everything we send or receive and by calling or emailing you about events occurring in your case. We are able to handle almost any case, no matter how large or difficult. Yet, we are small enough that you will have the sympathetic ear of an attorney and staff who know you and are familiar with your case.

8. You Will See We Are Easily Accessible

Our office is situated at the southeast corner of Dallas Parkway at Tennyson Parkway, on the Plano/Frisco border, just south of Hwy 121 /Sam Rayburn Tollway and just five miles north of George Bush Tollway. You have easy access from anywhere in the DFW metroplex. While the majority of my cases are in Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant Counties, I frequently handle matters in other area cities and counties in the DFW Metroplex such as Grayson, Rockwall, Wise, and Kaufman Counties and also across the state, including Houston, San Antonio, Austin and surrounding area, Tyler, El Paso, The Valley, and in numerous smaller, rural counties across Texas. I don’t mind traveling to wherever you need me.

 

Do you need to hire a Probate Law attorney?

Probate refers to procedures regarding disposition of a person’s estate, invariably through a court proceeding.

The most common proceeding is probate of a person’s Last Will and Testament. When a person dies, they can control how their property is passed on to their heirs. This is done by admitting a Will to Probate in a probate court proceeding in the county in which the person with the Will lived. This is necessary to have a probate judge review the Will, make sure it is valid and effective, and is not fraudulent. It usually is a straightforward proceeding and not expensive.

I have extensive experience in probate, including handling Will Contests. Call us if you need an attorney for a probate matter.

 

Call 972-381-2727 or contact us now to talk to me or one of my staff or to schedule an initial FREE 15 minute consultation in my office or by phone, whichever is most convenient for you.

 

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CITIES SERVED:  Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Addison, Richardson, Carollton, The Colony, Denton, Lewisville, Allen, Prosper, Arlington, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Irving, Coppell and Dallas.

COUNTIES SERVED:  Collin County, Denton County, Dallas County and Tarrant County.