The Law Offices of Mary Heare Amodio
My practice focus is on addressing the needs of individuals and small businesses in the area of estate and succession planning, real estate and business transactions and consumer bankruptcy (Chapter 7 and 13). I also serve as the Lake County Public Defender for Conservatees.
Estate Planning: There are four key documents that should be evaluated for use for every individual. Not everyone needs all of the documents.
Bankruptcy: Many individuals have been caught out in the current economic downturn and have run up large amounts of credit card, medical or real estate debt as the result of job loss, falling property values and business declines.
Bankruptcy gives consumers and small businesses a fresh start by eliminating unsecured debt (in chapter 7) or allowing you to make partial payments to your unsecured creditors for three years and eliminating the balance of the unsecured debt at the end of the three year period (chapter 13). [Note that I do not work with other types of bankruptcy cases.]
Instead of struggling and getting deeper into debt, a new start may give you the breathing room you need to live within your means and survive the current downturn.
Real Estate and Business Law: Small business people and individuals are often called upon to sign or enter into contracts with others. I am often asked to review documents before they are signed to help insure that the terms of the deal are what they have been represented to be.
Sole proprietors may want to consider protecting their personal assets by establishing a different type of business entity (corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or joint venture). I can advise them on the pros and cons of the different forms of business entity that work for their type of business
Business owners may decide to retire or sell the business they have worked hard to create and sustain. I can support them through the sale process and the transfer or dissolution of the business entity.
I am also able to assist with the review or preparation of real estate documents (deeds, affidavits of death of joint tenant, etc.) for individuals and businesses.
I attended Golden Gate University School of Law and have been practicing ever since 2003.
I am President of the Lake County Bar Association and of Lake County Mediations.
Law Offices of Mary Heare Amodio
380 N Main Street, Suite J
Lakeport, CA 95453