CIVIL LITIGATION

The term civil litigation refers to a legal dispute between two or more parties that seek money damages or specific performance rather than criminal punishment. At Ritter Law, we handle cases from small claims to complex contract, real estate, and business disputes. In addition, our attorney and staff have handled multiple appeals, meaning that Ritter Law can represent you from the beginning of a case through to the very end.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE

At Ritter Law, our belief is that contact with the criminal justice system is a matter of circumstance, not character. We take into account each client's life situation and work individually with him or her to determine how to manage the case. While working toward a contested trial or a negotiated plea bargain, our goal is to ensure that clients remain informed and have the opportunity to be active participants in their own defense.

FAMILY LAW

Ritter Law recognizes the financial intricacies and emotional effects of divorce and other family law matters. We offer a full range of services in Dissolution (divorce) and Custody Modification proceedings, including advising and litigating on the issues of child support, spousal support (alimony), and marital property division including business ownership interests and retirement assets. Ritter Law recognizes that family law issues often affect clients long after completion of formal court proceedings and believes in communicating closely with clients to develop long-term strategies. We focus on shouldering the difficulties of formal litigation so that clients can move forward with their lives while minimizing the effects of court proceedings on loved ones.

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ELDER LAW

Elder Law focuses on the needs of individuals approaching retirement age or who have chronic health care conditions. Unlike a traditional estate planning firm, the focus is on living, not dying. Elder Law Attorneys look for ways to marshal your assets for the purpose of preserving your dignity, quality of life and independence as you age. We also identify public benefits to enhance your quality of life. If you are a caregiver, you might say our role is to help you take care of your mom or dad.

ESTATE PLANNING

We work with clients on a private and personal basis to help them pass their property to their families and to charities (private and public) both during lifetime and upon death. This personal planning takes into consideration estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer tax and income tax issues, as well as non-tax planning issues, such as closely-held businesses (including their succession), planning involving second marriages, and planning for special needs of children and other heirs. We analyze and implement tax reduction and asset protection strategies, help our clients plan for possible disability, coordinate life insurance, retirement, and long-term care planning.

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