Areas of Practice

There are many different divisions of law within the legal system. Where one attorney may only do divorce work, another may only do criminal, or tax. In Indiana, attorneys are not allowed to state they “specialize” in a particular area. This list is not meant to mean these attorneys specialize in that particular area of law but that they limit the scope of their law practice to these areas and feel comfortable offering legal advice in these fields.

Administrative Law

Administrative Law revolves around the laws and procedures used by governmental agencies such as labor boards, the FDA, the ECA, and even the USDA.


Adoption Law

Adoption Law revolves around the special laws used in the adoption process of a child. Some place this in a Family Law category because it is about families, or it is listed in a Probate Category because it is part of the Probate Code. Some attorneys that do Adoptions do not do other kinds of family law like divorce so we have listed it separately.


Appellate

This includes attorneys that initiate appeals as well as respond for appellees.


Banking and Financial Services

This includes attorneys that provide financial services and financial planning within their practice as well as attorneys that work within banking and finance regulations.


Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy law revolves around debt relief and shielding debtors from their creditors.


Bodily Injury/Personal Injury/Wrongful Death – Defense

This area of law deals with slip and falls, car accidents, dog bites, and other kinds of harm to the person. This list of attorneys represent those defending claims for personal injury.


Bodily Injury/Personal Injury/Wrongful Death – Plaintiff

This area of law deals with slip and falls, car accidents, dog bites, and other kinds of harm to the person. This list of attorneys represent those who have been injured.


Business Law

This includes attorneys that practice in the area of contract negotiations, contract creation, business formations to form Corporations or Partnerships, and in business consulting.


Civil Rights

This area of law revolves around protecting the civil rights of minorities focusing on Equal Protection and Due Process.


Civil Litigation

Civil Law is an area of law that is used to enforce, redress, or protect a private or civil right. It is initiated by the person who actually suffered the effects of the harm. Civil litigation usually deals with torts, contracts and other private disputes.


Collections

This list of attorneys represents those who are attempting collect money due primarily for businesses.


CHINS – CHildren in Need of Services

This list of attorneys represents those who aid in CPS/DCS State initiated Children in Need of Services actions.


Commercial Litigation / Business to Business Litigation

This includes attorneys represents businesses who sue other businesses or those that defend businesses being sued.


Contract Law

This area of law revolves around contracts and the Uniform Commercial Code for negotiable instruments. It is used in every bill of sale, lease agreement, purchase agreement.


Criminal Defense

This list of attorneys represent those who have been charged with a crime, whether for a major crime like murder or a minor offense such as driving while suspended. DUI/OWI, Assault, Battery, Theft, and Larceny are all kinds of offenses in which these attorneys may be able to represent you.


Defamation

Defamation, Slander, and Libel are all offenses to a person’s reputation often causing losses in employment.


Domestic Relations

This branch of law includes attorneys that handle divorce, child support modification, custody disputes, tax exemption disputes, legal separations, and other similar actions.


Elder Law

This includes attorneys that represent the elderly and specific issues for those advanced in years.


Estate Planning

This field of practice includes Wills, Trusts, and Estates as well as their administration, creation, and planning.


General Practice

This list of attorneys may focus on several areas or may be with a firm that has attorneys focusing on numerous areas to cover many of your needs.


Government Law (State and Local)

This area of law revolves disputes within government, the government’s scope of power over the person, business entity, or over another government agency, or it can even cover intergovernmental relations and election law.


Immigration

This includes attorneys that help with the process of citizenship, green cards, and visas.


Insurance

This includes attorneys that work in disputes of insurance coverage.


Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property law revolves the area of trademarks, patents, copyright, and registration. Whether you are photographer or an inventor, you may need an Intellectual Property Lawyer.


Juvenile Law

This very specific field of law is concerned with laws surrounding minors, particularly offenses/crimes committed by minors.


Lemon Law

Lemon laws are American state laws that provide a remedy for purchasers of cars in order to compensate for cars that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. These cars are called lemons.


Medical

Medical law is the branch of law which concerns the prerogatives and responsibilities of medical professionals and the rights of the patient.


Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient.


Motorsports Law

Motorsports Law is for those who manufacture, sell, or use and/or compete with motor sport vehicles and machines and the organizations that sponsor them.


Non-Profit Organization Law

This area of law is focused on the organization, structuring, and formation of charitable institutions and the bylaws that control and operate them.


Probate Law

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under the valid will. Probate also includes adoptions and guardianships.


Property Law

Property law is the area of law that governs the various form of ownership and title in real property (land as distinct from personal or movable possessions) and in personal property including vehicles and watercraft.


Real Estate Law

This area of legal practice that deals with land along with any buildings or items that may be attached to the land. Real estate law deals with matters relating to land ownership, tenancy, easements, and the registration and migration of titles.


School / Education Law

Education policy refers to the collection of laws and rules that govern the operation of education systems.


Social Security Disability / Social Security Supplemental Insurance (SSDI/SSSI)

This list of attorneys represent the disabled before the Social Security Administration to recover or initiate benefits for the disabled person.


Tax Law

Tax law attorneys work within the Federal Income Tax code and also within the state and local government tax structures representing clients in tax audits, appeals, and with offer-in-compromise proposals with the IRS or state tax agency.


Worker’s Compensation – Defense

Workers’ compensation laws protect people who are injured on the job. They are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards, eliminating the need for litigation. Laws are also in place to protect employers with cap limits on awards under most situations.


Veterans Law

This list of attorneys represents those who assist veterans for VA benefits.


Worker’s Compensation – Plaintiff

Workers’ compensation laws protect people who are injured on the job. They are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are provided with fixed monetary awards, eliminating the need for litigation. These laws also provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.


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