“The wisdom of our sages and the blood of our heroes has been devoted to the attainment of trial by jury. It should be the creed of our political faith.”
Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address 1801
probate litigation attorney wichita fallsNot all estates must be probated. If there are few assets in the estate they can be distributed pursuant to the Will of the deceased, or under state law if there is no Will, without involving the courts. Even when you need to probate an estate, with or without a Will, most of the time the matters are routine, standard and uncontested.
Probate litigation comes into play when any legal contest is involved such as challenges to the Will’s validity, whether the Deceased was unduly influenced by a beneficiary, or when the original of a will cannot be located. Odds of requiring litigation increase when there are family issues between siblings, step-children, multiple marriages without pre-nuptial agreements and/or family dysfunction.
At Briley & Briley we can assist you in the distribution of your loved one’s estate whether by probating an estate or pursuing litigation when applicable.
personal injury attorney wichita fallsThe legal definition of a personal injury is “an injury not to property, but to the body, mind, or emotions.”
For example, if you are involved in an automobile collision your personal injuries would include your physical injuries such as a broken arm, back strain, etc. as well as your emotional injuries such as an unreasonable fear of riding in an automobile, nightmares, counseling, etc. However the damage to your automobile would not be a personal injury. You would have to rely on property damage coverage to repair that damage.
The attorneys at Briley & Briley, along with their staff, stand ready to assist you with your personal injury issues.
criminal law attorney wichita fallsBeing arrested and charged with a crime is a stressful time and brings on many emotions. Handling that accusation the right way can make a huge difference in any case. If charged with a crime, you should contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights.
Mark Briley has handled hundreds of misdemeanors and felony cases. He believes in investigating each case and exploring every scenario before deciding whether to enter into a plea agreement or go to trial, and he will fight for the best possible outcome.
At Briley and Briley, we handle all state criminal charges, including:
Steve, a native of Denison, Texas, received his B.A. degree from Northwestern State University in Louisiana in 1975, his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978 and his MA degree from Midwestern State University in 1996.
Since 1978 he has fought for his clients’ rights in the district courts of Texas and Oklahoma as well as the United States Courts of the Northern District of Texas and the Western District of Texas.
Mr. Briley is an ABOTA Associate and is board certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, Steve is also listed in the Marquis Who's Who directory.mark briley attorney wichita falls
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense & Probate
Mark was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. After graduating from Rider High School and then Midwestern State University, he attended law school in San Antonio at St. Mary's University School of Law, graduating in 2009. He moved to Abilene, Texas for a short time, practicing criminal defense and family law. In 2011, Mark moved back to his hometown, where he began working for the Public Defender's Office, and in the same year, married his wife Jennifer. While at the Public Defender's Office, Mark defended hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases, participated in numerous trials, and proudly helped his clients through stressful times. After gaining invaluable experience, Mark left the Public Defender's Office and went into private practice. He is committed to each case he handles and fights passionately for his clients to obtain the best possible outcome.
Answer: The fee depends upon what type of case you have. For instance a personal injury, product liability or premises liability is charged on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing until the final settlement or jury verdict. Upon payment of a settlement the attorneys’ fee is 1/3 plus expenses. Upon payment of a favorable jury verdict the attorneys’ fee is 40% plus expenses. If we do not achieve a recovery you owe nothing.
For probate of an estate, with or without a will, there is a flat rate charge of $3,000.00.
For hourly cases the fees are charged at $300/hour for Steve Briley’s services, $275/hour for Mark Briley’s services and $250/hour for associate attorney services.
Answer: We cannot, and do not, guarantee the outcome of any case. However, we do not take a case unless we feel reasonably certain that we will be successful.
Answer: A mediation is an informal meeting consisting of both parties, attorneys for both parties and an impartial third party called a mediator. Everyone will meet together in one room and go over the basic facts of the case. Following the initial meeting each party will go with their attorney to a separate room and the mediator will be the go between, making suggestions and taking offers back and forth between the parties in an effort to settle the case without the time and expense of a jury trial. If the case is not settled at mediation it will proceed toward a bench or jury trial.
Answer: In most cases the judge requires attendance at a mediation prior to trial. This requirement is an effort to cut down on the backlog of cases so that the judicial system is not weighed down with trials of matters that could have been settled thus slowing the process for everyone.
Answer: Expenses are the actual charges we are required to pay in obtaining evidence to prove your case. In an injury case we will have to pay for medical records, accident reports, possibly investigators and photographs.
For litigation there are court costs and filing fees, the cost of depositions of the parties and witnesses. Many times we will be required to obtain an expert witness who will charge hourly for his time. There will be deposition expenses related to the experts as well. We will make every effort to keep your expenses as low as possible while still providing you with the best representation.
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