Whether you are overwhelmed by debt, recovering from an accident, pursuing a divorce, buying a home, or making a will, you should seek legal advice and representation. It is in your best interest to obtain insight from trusted legal professionals so that you understand your rights and obligations. Attorney Stephen P. Levesque is a top-rated lawyer who is licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has a winning record who can give credible legal insight into a wide range of practice areas and assist you in making the best decisions for your family’s future. He has years of courtroom experience and has secured successful outcomes for thousands of satisfied clients. In addition to assisting people who need a Rhode Island bankruptcy lawyer, he represents clients in the areas of personal injury, real estate, divorce, estate planning and probate, and business planning. Stephen P. Levesque is the Host of the weekly talk show Legal Tips every Sunday on 630 WPRO.
Bankruptcy can be used strategically to find relief when faced with crushing debt. Often, creditors use extreme measures in order to collect debts, and it is common for debtors to feel immense stress and anxiety as a result. When you file for bankruptcy, an automatic stay goes into effect, and creditors are no longer allowed to try to collect those debts. Individuals usually file for either Chapter 7 bankruptcy or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In order to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as liquidation bankruptcy, you will need to pass a means test. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is also called reorganization bankruptcy. In this type of bankruptcy, you arrange to pay back some of your debt in installments over a period of three to five years. While filing for bankruptcy can be daunting, consulting a Rhode Island bankruptcy attorney can ensure that you protect your assets to the extent possible and minimize the disruption to your life.Personal Injury
If you are injured due to someone else’s fault, you may be able to recover damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Most personal injury lawsuits are brought under a theory of negligence, which means that you will need to prove that careless or reckless actions by the defendant caused your injuries. Typically, a victim can recover compensation for their medical costs and lost income, in addition to their pain and suffering. Our firm handles personal injury lawsuits arising out of car accidents, workplace accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, medical malpractice, defective products, and other incidents. If a loved one dies due to someone else’s negligence, a family member may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.Real Estate
Buying or selling a parcel of real property is an enormous financial decision. Real estate transactions often require close attention to administrative details and compliance with various laws. Most ordinary people do not understand how these transactions are customarily handled or the kinds of issues that need to be resolved. Our firm acts as a guide during a purchase or sale of real estate, helping to make sure that a client’s interests and assets are protected. We assist with title insurance for owners and lenders, closing services, zoning issues, landlord-tenant disputes, adverse possession claims, and partition actions. Stephen P. Levesque can assist clients both during negotiations and in court proceedings.Divorce
Rhode Island is a no-fault divorce state, so you will not need to establish fault to obtain a divorce. Instead, you will need to establish irreconcilable differences that have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. A divorce can be emotionally challenging for both spouses and any children involved. Often, it leads to drastic life changes. It is important to retain an attorney who can look at the conflict as clearly as possible, and who can see the bigger picture. At the Law Offices of Stephen P. Levesque, our divorce attorney talks to clients directly and learns about their situation. Issues that we handle include asset division, child custody and visitation, motions to relocate, co-parenting tips, restraining orders, and adoptions.Probate
Probate involves the process of distributing assets from the estate of a decedent, under the supervision of the court. This may take 6-18 months. In Rhode Island, probate can be time-consuming, and there is great sensitivity to detail. The process is complex and can have important consequences for tax liability. Whether you are involved in court-managed probate, or you are an executor in charge of an out-of-court distribution, it is important to retain an attorney who understands the steps that are most likely to result in successfully navigating probate. Stephen P. Levesque represents both executors and heirs. He can provide knowledgeable counsel on how the process unfolds, as well as aggressive representation during any disputes that may arise.Estate Planning
Many people feel overwhelmed when drafting a will or addressing another estate planning issue. Our firm handles the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, health care powers of attorney or proxies, and financial powers of attorney. It is important to work with an attorney who can look closely at your situation and goals to help determine which testamentary documents should be prepared. There are situations in which a trust replaces the need for a will. We can look at your objectives to determine whether the creation of a trust would be the right option for you and, if so, who would serve as the trustee and who would be beneficiaries to the trust. In addition, we can consider what you would want to happen if you are no longer able to make decisions about your health care or finances, and who should be named to make those decisions on your behalf through a power of attorney.Retain a Rhode Island Attorney Whom You Can Trust
Many people who have filed for bankruptcy with the assistance of our Rhode Island bankruptcy lawyer have seen improvement to their credit scores and have been able to buy new vehicles and rent new homes after recovering from bankruptcy. We also have guided many clients through other important matters that have shaped the future of their families and their businesses. We represent people throughout Washington County, Kent County, and Providence County from our office in Cranston. Stephen P. Levesque serves on the Rhode Island Bar Real Estate Committee and the Rhode Island Bar Probate Committee. Call the Law Offices of Stephen P. Levesque at (401) 490-4900 or contact us through our website to set up an appointment.
At our law firm, we promise you knowledge, compassion, and experience. Since 1997, his years of courtroom experience means you will know all your options and you will have a lawyer with the experience to represent you no matter how complicated your case may be. Stephen will fight for you and fight for your best interests. This results in exceptional representation. Stephen is that lawyer you know you can count on to stand by you. Whether at court, during negotiations, or through every legal document, motion, or pleading he prepares, Stephen is aggressively advocating for you.