Legal issues usually arise at the worst possible time. We understand that you have other priorities, and that you need someone who can take care of your legal problem with the least possible disruption to you and your family. We can help you with your legal needs – and if we can’t help you, we will refer you to an attorney who can. Our firm will charge you a fair rate, and will guide you through the entire process. This page explains our firm’s practice areas so you can learn more about your legal issues. Let Charles R. Allen, Jr. lend you a hand with your case in any of the following areas:
Bankruptcy—Serious money problems are not a sign of failure. Financial difficulties can hit anyone, no matter how careful they are with their finances. You may have been laid off, or you may have made a bad business investment. While your income may slow down or stop, the bills keep coming in. Federal bankruptcy law gives us a way to give you a fresh start. Depending on your situation, you may choose to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or “straight” bankruptcy, in which most of your debts are eliminated. Alternatively, you could file under Chapter 13, through which you pay all or most of your debts over time with oversight from the Bankruptcy Court. Business owners may be interested in Chapter 11, which gives businesses an opportunity to reorganize. Whichever type is best for you, bankruptcy can be a useful tool to help you out of your financial problems. Charles R. Allen, Jr. can help you make the right decision.
Criminal Defense—Chances are, you have never been charged with a crime before. Whether you have been charged with a felony or “just” a misdemeanor, you now face a process that carries with it the possibility of real and permanent consequences. Criminal defendants often do not know how serious their own situation is. You should know that whatever the charge is, it is serious and needs to be addressed. A conviction for even a “minor” charge can lead to jail time, fines, or both. And your conviction will become part of a criminal record that can cost you employment and financial opportunities in future. Now, as never before, you need to fight to protect your rights, and you need a skilled criminal defense attorney who will stand up for you. Contact Charles R. Allen, Jr. for advice.
Immigration—Immigration law affects both businesses and individuals. Businesses need guidance in complying with the complex employment-related regulations and record-keeping requirements of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service). Individuals who wish to enter the United States need guidance in matters relating to employment-based permanent residence, including green cards, labor certification, immigrant investors, diversity visas, family-based visas, nonimmigrant work visas (H-1B and L-1) and nonimmigrant investor “E” visas. Those already in the United States need advice to maintain their status or to sort out asylum, documentation, and citizenship. The laws that relate to immigration—the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and the Immigration and Naturalization Act—are complicated, and leave little room for error. Do not run the risk of being denied your green card. Contact Charles R. Allen, Jr. to discuss your situation.
Litigation—To ensure the best possible results for the client, an attorney needs to be willing to take a case all the way to trial. Many lawyers avoid the courtroom, but at Charles R. Allen, Jr., we thrive on trying lawsuits. We have built a reputation for credibility in the courts and in the legal profession, and that reputation aids our success. Our civil litigation work has encompassed motion practice, bench and jury trials, and even appeals where necessary. Our thorough preparation and understanding of all of the facts is essential to our trial work, and that effort yields real results for our clients. We do not take cases with the idea that we will settle – we take cases with litigation in mind, and we try cases to win.
Personal Injury—If you or someone you love has been injured, you know how complicated life suddenly becomes. At Charles R. Allen, Jr., our goal is to make at least one part of your recovery as easy as possible. When you are injured through the carelessness or recklessness of another, maybe through a car crash or other accident, the law says that the responsible party owes you financial compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, and other hardships. Your family may also have a right to compensation. We can guide you through the legal process and maximize your compensation. Whether you are hurt by a car accident, a slip and fall or a defective product, remember – you are owed this money. At this difficult time, you need to focus on your physical and mental recovery – let us take care of your legal recovery. If you have been injured, contact us for quick action and sound advice.
Real Estate—Real estate is a major investment, and can cause major headaches. If you are selling a house or buying a house or a business property, we can help. Our firm can draft or review purchase agreements and closing documents to smooth your transaction. We can confirm that there is good title to the property and verify that there are no disputes about ownership or boundaries. Our attorneys can make sure that any transaction complies with local and state property and environmental rules so that there are no unwelcome surprises as the deal moves forward. We also help clients with construction defects, commercial leases, and property disclosure and condition issues. Contact us for experienced real estate assistance.
We are ready, willing and able to go to work for you.Call us today at 540-342-1731.
Charles R. Allen, Jr. Attorney at Law 120 Church Avenue Roanoke, Virginia 24011 Phone: 540-342-1731 Fax: 540-342-9919