George C. Riggs, P.A. George C Riggs & Associates has offered legal counsel to the Minnetonka, MN area for more than 30 years. In that time, we've earned a reputation for understanding, effective legal representation at a fair price.
Known throughout the area for our flat fee pricing for many of our services, we are available when you need us most. Give us a call, and we'll visit with you morning, noon or night. George C Riggs & Associates Practices Law In The Areas Of:
Divorce and family law - including child custody, paternity, domestic abuse and more. Civil and criminal law - covering civil litigation, personal injury, DWIs
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[06/20/13] Did you know that once you and your spouse no longer live in the same state, child custody proceedings can become more complex? When facing this, it's important to have an attorney by your side who understands how to navigate interstate hearings.
[06/18/13] Have you been trying to decide if you need to hire an attorney for your child custody case? Remember, unless you and the other party are in complete agreement, you need someone on your side.
[06/13/13] Remember, the more complex your case is, the longer it can take to resolve the matter in court. While it can be frustrating to feel as though you're making little progress, getting the fairest judgment is the primary goal.
[06/11/13] If your court case will involve your children, patience is critical. Since courts consider the factors dealing with children and their chief concern, the judge won't rush to a judgment until they're sure they have all the facts they need for the decision.
[06/06/13] In family law cases, emotions are often running high on both sides of the aisle. Since proceedings are often short, consider making a list of the most important points so you can stick to the facts when you're addressing the judge.
[06/04/13] Remember, any time you set foot in a courtroom, there's a chance you may not come out on top. When we discuss what you want from the proceedings, it's important to also decide what concessions you're willing to make.
[05/30/13] Unfortunately, family law cases rarely have clear winners and losers. Since both parties may believe the other is in the wrong, having an attorney to argue for your rights can be helpful.
[05/28/13] Although you may clearly be the wronged party in your situation, there's no guarantee the judge will side with you when you go to court. Having us by your side can help ensure the legalities of your case are framed in the most favorable manner.
[05/23/13] Do you ever wonder why it's advised to let us handle communications with the other party's lawyer? When you speak directly with the other party, it's easy for emotions to get in the way of clear communication.
[05/21/13] Remember, our goal in family law cases is to work out all the details with the other party outside of court. Ironing out all the details prior to seeing the judge can make for faster and smoother proceedings.
[05/16/13] Although children of a certain age may have the legal right to choose which parent they want to live with, they may not want that responsibility. Having to make such a serious decision at a relatively young age can be stressful for many children.
[05/14/13] Remember, it's best to keep your cool during family law court proceedings, even when you feel attacked. Remaining calm and treating the proceedings with respect can make a favorable impression with the judge.
[05/09/13] Are you unfamiliar with the legal verbiage surrounding the purchase of real estate? Rather than trusting that everything's in order, it's wise to have a legal professional explain the details.
[04/23/13] When you fear a foreclosure is looming in your future, a short sale of your property may be your best alternative, even if it doesn't completely eliminate your debt with the creditor.
[04/11/13] Short sales on homes can be popular in times when the housing market is on the decline. These sales allow homeowners to avoid foreclosure by selling the home for less than they owe.
[04/09/13] If you aren't planning to use a real estate agent to list your house, having a lawyer on your side is critical, not only for preparing documents, but also for ensuring you've made all necessary disclosures.
[04/04/13] If you're in the home buying process, it's better to seek legal assistance early in the process. Getting advice before signing can help you avoid sticky situations after you buy.
[04/02/13] Real estate attorneys and real estate agents are not typically paid in the same manner. Agents usually receive a commission from the transaction, while attorneys receive an hourly or flat fee.
[03/28/13] Although a few states still require the involvement of a real estate attorney, most do not. In these states, hiring a real estate attorney is at your discretion to provide peace of mind.
[03/26/13] Is this your first time selling a home in the state you now live in? Since every state has different rules about real estate, it's a smart idea to get a legal consultation before putting your home on the market.
[03/21/13] Do you have more in-depth questions about your real estate paperwork than you feel the average closing agent can answer? For definitive legal answers, seek professional legal advice.
[03/19/13] One of the scary aspects of being a first-time homebuyer is not knowing what to expect at closing and feeling alone when you get there. Using your own attorney will help keep you in the loop.
[03/14/13] Are you planning to sell your home without the assistance of a broker or real estate agency? If so, using a real estate attorney to draw up the paperwork can ensure all the bases are covered.
[03/12/13] Are you buying a property with significant damages that the owner is promising to repair after you take ownership? It's a good idea to get this in writing and reviewed for its legality first.
[03/07/13] While a title search will usually determine any existing liens on the property, they can sometimes pop up at closing. An attorney can help you wade through cloudy title issues.
[03/05/13] Have you ever been ready to close on your home purchase while the seller drags their feet to kill the deal? This may be a situation worthy of calling in legal help to settle.
[02/28/13] Sometimes, the seller may deliver the deed in a different manner than you thought you agreed to. Agents and brokers won't always know the difference, but legal professionals do.
[02/26/13] The main point to using a real estate lawyer is to have someone on your side during the transaction. Your agent may be on your side, but they won't always know the legal ins and outs of the deal.
[02/21/13] The closing agent is typically a neutral party, working for both buyer and seller, but this isn't always the case. It's smart to have your own representation present when the closing agent works for the other party.
[02/19/13] Although many real estate agents and brokers are well versed in their jobs, unusual situations can arise that leave even them scratching their heads. In these cases, a legal opinion could determine whether you should move forward.
[02/14/13] Buying a primary residence can often be an easier transaction than purchasing investment property. This is one instance where the services of a real estate attorney can be invaluable.
[02/12/13] While many people buy and sell homes without any legal assistance, some people may take a more cautious approach. If there are portions of the contract you don't understand, seeking legal advice can put your mind at ease.
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