Practice

We are highly skilled and experienced in many fields of law

Bankruptcy

Individuals as well as businesses have a legal right to bankruptcy protection when they are unable to re-pay debts owed to their creditors. Filing for bankruptcy is a serious matter and should be a decision you make when you have been well informed by your attorney of all your available legal options. The most common consumer bankruptcy filings are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 and each are structured differently.

At the Tahoe Law Center we are committed to helping you gain peace of mind and regain your financial freedom. Call the Tahoe Law Center today to get your free bankruptcy evaluation. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you can either discharge your debts completely or possibly enter into a structured repayment plan? Enough with the overwhelming debt. Put your mind at ease. At the Tahoe Law Center we will step you through the entire process.

Stop the harassing collection calls, stop foreclosure, stop garnishments, stop falling further and further behind each month, and yes – even stop the IRS.

Completely discharge your unsecured debts through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or set up a manageable and effective repayment plan over the course of 3 to 5 years.

Call the Tahoe Law Center to see if bankruptcy is the right choice and if so which type of bankruptcy best suits your needs and goals. We will walk you through each step with the goal of financial freedom and rebuilding your credit at the forefront.

Business Law and Commercial Litigation

TLC represents corporations, local and small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs in a myriad of industries including: real estate and land development, construction businesses, restaurants, alternative medicine, nightclubs, and the hospitality and retail industries.

We provide ongoing advice in transactional matters by supporting and enhancing our clients’ ability to establish and maintain a solid business model of operations in which the exercise of sound business judgment occurs while minimizing risks of liability exposure.  The best way to avoid costly litigation expense and liability exposure.  The best way to avoid costly litigation expense and liability exposure to avoid costly litigation expense and liability exposure is to implement the best ongoing business practices as a matter of course.  At TLC, we empower our clients to successfully accomplish this goal.

A sampling of our areas of expertise includes entity formation, business transactions, business contracts, employment agreements, real estate acquisition and financing, trusts, estates, corporate entity formation and governance.

General Counsel Advice: When confronted with litigation, TLC understands that business viability in this competitive economy may be at risk.  We constantly assess, advise and pursue the best possible legal solution which accomplishes necessary goals while minimizing exposure and litigation expenses as much as possible.

Criminal Defense

You feel badly. You feel like you are being ‘uncooperative.’ You are anxious. Interactions with police officers or any law enforcement representative is intimidating. You feel pressure as though you must cooperative. As a former prosecutor, TLC founder Jacqueline Mittelstadt instructs: Don’t! It is better to anger the officer, and possibly lose an afternoon if he or she decides to ‘take you downtown,’ than facing criminal charges, attorney’s fees, lost time from work and significant inconvenience with a possible criminal conviction, all because you ‘cooperated.’ Cooperation helps them, not you. But, if you find yourself facing criminal charges, Tahoe Law Center has extensive criminal trial experience and may help. We have experienced attorneys who are former prosecutors available to assist you at every step of the criminal process, whether you face a misdemeanor or a felony. Be protected. After providing your ID – tell the police officer “I would like my attorney present before I speak with you any further”. Then, call Tahoe Law Center.

Serious Injuries

If you or someone you love have been injured, and you believe someone else is to blame, please call for a consultation.  Legal time limits govern when you can pursue compensation for your injuries, or when you have waited too long and cannot.

SSDI & SSI

Call the Tahoe Law Center TODAY for your FREE case evaluation to help determine whether or not your situation warrants disability benefits. Qualified cases are accepted on a contingency basis, which means you pay NOTHING unless we get YOU the benefits you deserve.

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

There are two federal programs managed by the Social Security Administration specifically designed to help those not able to work due to long lasting or permanent disabilities: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI).

While the disability requirement is virtually the same, the way you qualify for the programs is different.

The SSDI program is based on your past work history. While you were employed, part of your payroll tax went to fund the program. If you have worked 5 out of the past 10 years and have paid into the system through taxes, you may qualify for the SSDI program.

The SSI program is a need-based program. If you have little to no income and minimal resources you may qualify for the SSI program.

Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be frustrating and confusing. Here at the Tahoe Law Center, we can evaluate what you qualify for and can help you with your disability case.

Am I disabled?

“Disability” under Social Security is based on your inability to work. They consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

• You cannot do work that you did before;
• They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
• Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

There is a lot of uncertainly whenever medical conditions are assessed for severity which inevitably leads to many qualified applicants being denied. At the Tahoe Law Center, it is our goal to help you get approved. See the bottom of the page for a partial list of the common medical conditions and Social Security disabilities.

How do I get benefits?

An applicant for disability benefits is responsible for proving they are disabled. Which simply means you need to prove it using medically acceptable evidence, filling out lots of forms, and even attending evaluations. The good news is that you are entitled to have an attorney by your side throughout the entire process. The Tahoe Law Center will walk you through each and every step. It is our goal to get you the benefits you are entitled to and deserve.

I applied by myself and was denied, what should I do?

We know it is very discouraging when you get the denial letter and unfortunately a vast number of applicants are denied the first time they apply. This is where the Tahoe Law Center comes in – we will go through every single step of the appeal process in order to appeal your unwarranted denial – including filing a brief with the federal court. This is absolutely the time when you need an experienced attorney on your side.

I am ready to begin this process, what is the first step?

The first step is the easiest – call us at the Tahoe Law Center. We want to help you get the benefits you are entitled to and deserve.

Common Medical Conditions & Social Security Disabilities

• Anxiety
• Spinal Disorders
• Sleep Disorders
• AIDS
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Skin Disorders
• Stroke
• Asthma
• Bipolar Disorders
• Bulging Discs
• Cancer
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Chronic Kidney Disease
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Chronic Pain
• Depression
• Epilepsy
• Fibromyalgia
• Heart Disease
• Hematologic Disorders
• Hepatitis C
• Immune Disorders
• Lou Gehrig’s Disease
• Migraines
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Myasthenia Gravis
• Parkinson’s Disease

Alternatives to Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy can certainly be a financial solution to your current situation. However, you may not qualify for bankruptcy, or you may be struggling with the idea of filing bankruptcy. In either case, the Tahoe Law Center will be able to provide you alternative solutions, including debt negotiation and tax services.

Debt Negotiation

If you are struggling under a mountain of debt, the Tahoe Law Center may be able to work with creditors and even debt collectors to make things more manageable for you. The Tahoe Law Center will work with you and your specific monthly expenses to determine the best course of action for you given your goals. This helps us to determine which negotiation strategies to utilize in getting you debt under control.

Tax Services

The Tahoe Law Center in conjunction with bankruptcy can also help you settle back taxes owed to the IRS. There is a lot of stress and pressure that comes from dealing with the IRS, BOE, and SBE. Tax collectors are relentless and intimidating.

At the Tahoe Law Center we are here to help you. Each taxpayer’s financial situation is unique and therefore the means to a successful resolution is different. Our approach provides personalized solutions for each of our clients. Additionally, we work to maintain good relationships and cooperation with the IRS, BOE and SBE.

Family Law

Whether you are contemplating separation or divorce, or are embroiled in the process, we can advise you of your rights and aggressively litigate to protect them. When circumstances are appropriate, we can help you reach an amicable resolution without resort to litigation.

Our practice includes addressing post-decree enforcement of spousal or parental rights. And, if you are a grandparent, we can help you pursue visitation with your grandchildren.

Coping with family law, guardianship or conservatorship matters are often some of the most difficult life challenges people must face. At Tahoe Law Center you will find people empathetic to these challenges who endeavor to reduce your anxiety and stress by excelling at what we do for you.