Areas of Practice
Here is a list of our services...
- Personal Injury - Lemmon Law Firm has handled a wide variety of personal injury claims on behalf of its clients throughout its existence. Wikipedia states that “A personal injury occurs when a person has suffered some form of injury , either physical or psychological, as the result of an accident or medical malpractice.”
The most common type of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, assault claims, accidents in the home, defective product accidents and holiday accidents. Indeed, there are a multitude of types of accident and the term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to numerous medical and dental negligence claims every year) and conditions which are often classified as industrial disease cases. Industrial disease type cases include asbestosis and mesothelioma, chest diseases (e.g. emphysema, pneumoconiosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease), vibration white finger, occupational deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injury cases.
Where the accident was the fault of someone else, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from the person whose negligent conduct caused the injury. At least in the United States “this system is complex and controversial with critics calling for various forms of tort reform. Attorneys often represent clients on a ‘contingency basis’, in which the attorney does not charge for services until the case is resolved.”
- Automobile - Lemmon Law Firm continues to represent people who receive personal injuries in car wrecks, truck wrecks, and bicycle wrecks. These include the claims of drivers, car owners, passengers, children, and survivors if someone receives a fatal injury. Planning an automobile case often involves the reconstruction of the wreck or accident scene to determine fault. It also involves the use of medical experts to explain the fact of the injury and the mechanics of the body to demonstrate the injury for the particular wreck.
- Defective Product - While we all like to believe that we are protected from defective products before these products reach the market or that defective products are recalled before they injure someone, defective products cause millions of injuries in the United States each year. When someone is injured by a defective product that was unreasonably dangerous, Louisiana law provides that the injured person or their survivors may recover for those injuries.
- Wills - Some people think that they don’t need a Will because they don’t have very many assets. It’s true that one purpose of having a Will is to make sure that you determine what will happen to your assets upon your death. With a Will you can designate that specific assets go to specific individuals. Family heirlooms can go to the appropriate family member. Assets can be left to those who have the greatest need for them. A Will also gives you the opportunity to remember charities, close friends who are not related by blood or marriage, loyal employees, etc. If you do not have a Will at the time of death State law determines who gets your assets. But if you have minor children, a Will allows you to choose a tutor/tutrix in the event you and your spouse die in a common accident. Without a Will, the State chooses the tutor/tutrix and that person may not have been the person you would have chosen. We can help you determine your specific needs and plan accordingly. Also see Successions.
- Power of Attorney - This document allows you to appoint someone to act in your behalf regarding a multitude of daily living areas. This could be items as simple as paying your bills, entering your safe deposit box, or filing your tax returns. It could also cover items as complex as selling your property. You decide whether you want the power of attorney to become effective upon signing or if you only want it to become effective if you are incapacitated and unable to manage your own property and affairs effectively. It is extremely important to have this document in place prior to any incapacity to save your family from the trouble, expense, and heartache associated with an interdiction that gives them the legal authority to act on your behalf in the absence of a power of attorney. We can help you determine your needs based on your circumstances.
- Successions -
We assist clients with successions from the filing of the Will to the final order of the Court. This includes working with the family to determine all assets and debts of the decedent, preparing and filing all succession pleadings, and court appearances.
The most common and most tragic problems encountered in successions arise when family members do not get along and attempt to bring other family troubles or grudges into the already complex realm of successions. In most cases, when siblings or legatees get along or decide to cooperate, a succession can be a relatively painless process.
Other problems might also surface. For instance, there may be a Will contest or challenge. In some cases, court proceedings may be necessary to recover succession property being held by a relative or to recover possession to a family home from a relative residing there. In addition, in many unfortunate cases, the person charged with administration of the estate may be less than truthful with the succession’s heirs. In these cases especially, a prospective heir should seek the representation of a Succession attorney. We look forward to working with you to help solve all of your succession needs.
- Domestic - Lemmon Law Firm also offers services for persons who are going through divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support (alimony), or community property issues. These issues are truly emotional and require level headed thinking and sometimes creative problem solving. The decisions often effect the parties and the children for the rest of their lives.
- Traffic Tickets - In many cases, an attorney from Lemmon Law Firm can appear on your behalf in St. Charles or St. John Parish court. Our office is conveniently located across RIver Road from the St. Charles Parish courthouse, and our attorneys make regular appearance in both parishes.
- DWI - Lemmon Law Firm has assisted its clients in defending the administrative and criminal aspects of charges related to DWI. The law provides for specific time periods and procedures to defend such cases, and Lemmon Law Firm can assist in following these procedures in your best interest. Like all criminal matters, it's best to get an attorney involved early in the process.
- Criminal Defense - Jake Lemmon has been a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney throughout his career. He has experience in defending felonies, misdemeanors, and administrative prosecutions. The decisions made early in a case can define how it is tried. The use of innovative cooperation can make the difference between how someone is charged and whether other options are available such as intervention.