Estate Planning and Litigation

​The overall planning of a person's wealth is estate planning. All of the assets owned or controlled by a decedent and the debts that were the responsibility of the decedent at the time of deceased death are included in estate planning. Estate planning includes the preparation of a will and the planning for taxes after the individual's death. In order to meet a person goals with respect to preparing for incapacity and death, numerous factors such as financial, estate law, insurance, investment, and tax implications must be taken into consideration.

Usually, estate planning includes;

-creation of a will;
-limiting estate taxes by setting up trust accounts in the name of beneficiaries;
-appointing a guardian for living dependents;
-appointing an executor of the estate to oversee the terms of the will;
-making funeral arrangements; and
-establishment of annual gifting to reduce the  taxable estate.

Debt Collection 

Debtor-creditor law governs situations where one party is unable to pay a monetary debt to another. There are three types of creditors. First are those who acquire a lien through statute, agreement between the parties, or judicial proceedings against a particular piece of property. This property (or proceeds from its sale) must be used to satisfy the debt to the lien-creditor before it can be used to satisfy debts to other creditors. Once a lien has been created state statutory law governs how the lien is executed against the debtor's property. The sale of property subject to a lien to satisfy the debt is also governed by state statutory law. The type of property that may be used to satisfy a debt is governed by state and federal legislation, such as the Consumer Credit Protection Act. Secondly, a creditor may have a priority interest. A priority arises through statutory law. If a creditor has a priority his debt must be paid ahead of other creditors when the debtor becomes insolvent. The third type of creditor is one who has neither a lien against the debtor's property or holds a statutory priority.

Criminal Defense​

Criminal law is the body of rules and statutes defining the offences against the community at large. It regulates how suspects are investigated, charged and tried. The law also provides the punishments for convicted offenders. This is also termed as penal law.

Personal Injury​

Personal injury law involves injury which is caused accidentally by another's failure to use reasonable care. The definition of reasonable care is determined on a case-by-case basis. A person may be liable for the injury caused through negligent or reckless action. The injury to the plaintiff must be caused by and be a foreseeable result of the defendant's action. Some of the defenses to liability for personal injury include intervening causes, pre-existing condition, and assumption of the risk.

Types of personal injury lawsuit brought include injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, bike and pedestrian collisions, trucking accidents, boat and airplane accidents, construction accidents and OSHA violations, premises liability, product liability, nursing home liability, toxic and mass torts, medical malpractice, and other forms of negligence. A successful plaintiff in a personal injury suit may recover damages for medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, pain and sufffering, loss of consortium or companionship, lost wages, costs and attorney fees, and lost future earnings.

Commercial & Business Litigation 

Commercial litigation refers to the disputes arising in matters of business such as corporategovernance, banking transactions, mergers and acquisitions. The dispute usually involves money or other property.


Business law, is the body of law that applies to the rights, relations, and conduct of persons and businesses engaged in commerce, merchandising, trade, and sales. It is often considered to be a branch of civil law and deals with issues of both private law and public law.

Divorce & Family Law 

Divorce (or the dissolution of marriage) is the termination of a marital union, the canceling of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and the dissolving of the bonds o matrimony between a married couple.

  

Family law is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, including:

-marriage, civil union, and domestic partnerships
 adoption and surrogacy
-child abuse and child abduction
-the termination of relationships and ancillary matters, including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, child custody and visitation, child support and alimony awards.
-juvenile adjudication
-paternity test and paternity fraud

Workers Compensation​

Workers' compensation laws are designed to ensure payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. Worker's compensation legislation requires the employer to furnish a reasonably safe place to work, suitable equipment, rules and instructions when they are reasonably necessary, and reasonably competent foremen and superintendents. The employer is liable for an employee's acts of negligence, for the employer's own gross negligence, and for extraordinary risks of work. In most cases the employer is not liable for accidents occurring outside the place of work, or for those which have not arisen directly from employment.

Have something you don't see here? Visit our Contact page to submit information about other inquires, or call to schedule a consultation!

Land Law

Land law representation often includes lease negotiations, suits to quiet title, tax deed confirmation suits, title defense work, ownership determination and probate of estates.

Real Estate Closings

Integrity Land Title, a partner of Tindell, Symmes, Estes, and Cusick, PLLC,  handles loan closings for Whitney Bank, Hancock Bank, Regions Bank, Community Bank, The First, Trustmark National Bank, BancorpSouth Bank and many others. Integrity Land Title serves as agents for The Security Title Guarantee Corporation of Baltimore and First American Title Insurance Company.

For more information about our real estate closing servicesclick here.

Insurance Defense & Professional Malpractice

Our attorneys have significant experience in all types of insurance defense. We handle cases involving personal and commercial lines, and represent insureds and insurance carriers in first-party litigation, third-party claims, subrogation, and coverage issues.

Our attorneys also defend claims involving other professionals including:

-Architects
-Engineers
-Contractors
-Subcontractors
-Accountants
-Real estate agents
-Insurance agents
-Lawyers

Product Liability

Products liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of any product for damage caused by that product. This includes the manufacturer of component parts, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and the retail store owner. Products containing inherent defects that cause harm to a consumer of the product would be the subjects of products liability suits. While products are generally thought of as tangible personal property, products liability has stretched that definition to include intangibles, naturals, real estate, and writings.

Corporate Law

Our firm's corporate transactional attorneys regularly represent sellers, buyers' targets, equity owners, lenders, financial advisors, and other interested parties in public and private stock and asset sales, mergers and other business combinations. We actively assist our business clients in all areas of these transactions from the initial formation of the business through capitalization of new enterprises through sales, closings, and other dispositions.

Government Entity Law

Governmental entity law is the representation of public entities with special legal needs connected to risk management, insurance, pooling, regulatory and statutory compliance, contracts, litigation and non litigation matters, such as environmental, transportation, insurance, and employment law.

These issues include:

-Civil service claims and appeals
-Drug testing
-Public official and law enforcement defense
-Sovereign immunity
-Sections 1983 and 1985 claims
-Issues arising under the Mississippi Tort Claims Act, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act