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Business Organizations & Transactions

The business environment has never been more specialized or fraught with obstacles than it is in today's marketplace. To successfully traverse this virtual "minefield" business people from all disciplines must associate themselves with professional partners experienced in navigating the environment. Jamison & Chappel is such a professional partner. Our firm helps clients get off on the right foot by advising and assisting them in planning, forming, or organizing their business entity. Once formed, Jamison & Chappel provides our client companies with a wide range of legal services including acquisitions, sales, preparation and analysis of contracts, trademark and trade name establishment and protection, establishment of franchises, and trade secret protection. We also advise and assist our clients in the often difficult process of winding-up and terminating a business entity.

Whether your business is a corporation, general or limited partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or partnership, sole proprietorship or non-profit organization, Jamison & Chappel is a valuable member of your organization's team.



Bankruptcy

Representing creditors only, Jamison & Chappel have long represented our clients when those who owe them money declare bankruptcy. A fast moving and complex area of law, more and more clients find it essential to secure proper representation when confronted with this difficult circumstance. Our firm has successfully obtained various types of relief in bankruptcy courts located throughout the state ranging from court orders to allow a creditor to proceed with a real property foreclosure, representing creditors in complicated Chapter 11 plan matters, to ensuring that the creditor's claim is properly filed and classified to ensure the maximum payment.



Construction Litigation

Jamison & Chappel’s attorneys have significant experience representing contractors, owners, insurance carriers, and sureties in various construction related matters, including defective construction, payment disputes, and public/private construction claims. The firm is particularly well versed in Stop Notices, Mechanic’s Liens, and the extensive statutory requirements intertwined with construction projects. Jamison & Chappel has the resources to zealously represent and resolve construction disputes on behalf of their clientele.



Estate Planning & Probate

Proper estate planning not only puts you in charge of your finances, it can also spare your loved ones of the expense, delay and frustration associated with managing your affairs when you pass away or become disabled. 


  • Without a proper plan in place, family members must petition a court to declare you legally incompetent should you become incapacitated, an often lengthy, costly and stressful process.  A will does not take effect until you die and a power of attorney may be insufficient.  
  • In addition to planning for the financial aspect of your affairs during incapacity, you should establish a plan for your medical care.  A durable power of attorney for health care allows you to appoint someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you lose the ability to decide for yourself.  You should also have a living will which informs others of your preferred medical treatments should you become permanently unconscious or terminally ill.
  • If you leave your estate to your loved ones using a will, everything you own will pass through probate.  The process is expensive, time-consuming and open to the public.  With proper planning, your assets can pass on to your loved ones without undergoing probate, in a manner that is quick, inexpensive and private.
  • If your children are young, you may want to consider implementing a plan that will allow your surviving spouse to devote more attention to your children, without the burden of work obligations.  You should also discuss with your attorney the possibility of both you and your spouse dying simultaneously, or within a short duration of time.
  • Whether there will be any federal estate tax to pay depends on the size of your estate and how your estate plan works.  Start the planning process early in order to implement a solid strategy to deal with estate and inheritance taxes.
  • Your estate plan can provide for charitable causes in a variety of ways, either during your lifetime or at your death.  
  • A well-crafted estate plan should provide for your loved ones in an effective and efficient manner by avoiding guardianship during your lifetime, probate at death, estate taxes and unnecessary delays.  Jamison & Chappel will work with you to develop an estate plan, so you will have peace of mind knowing that you have provided for yourself and your family.


Real Estate, Zoning & Planning

Real estate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution remains the primary practice area for Jamison & Chappel. Our firm provides the client with step by step assistance and planning for the acquisition, development and disposition of real property assets. By providing proper planning advice and transactional guidance, our clients are able to secure and sell real property with the maximum potential for substantial gain. 

For many years our firm has represented clients before state and local agencies on their applications for subdivisions, parcel maps, property splits, conditional use permits, variances, zoning permits, and general plan changes. Similarly, water and riparian rights are critical to owners of real property in the San Joaquin Valley and the neighboring foothill and mountain areas. Securing and enforcing such rights for our clients has long been a priority for our firm.

When it becomes necessary to protect your property rights, Jamison & Chappel is the firm most often recommended by real estate professionals in the area of Eastern Madera, Fresno, and Mariposa Counties. Disputes regarding easements, boundary lines, environmental issues, riparian and water rights, real property insurance, condemnation, encroachments, purchase and other real property agreements, broker and lender negligence and fiduciary obligations are just a sample of the broad range of matters in which our firm has experience representing our clients before all the state and federal courts located in the state of California. Aggressive but mindful of the economics of the situation, Jamison & Chappel has a proven success record and a respected reputation within the legal community and the courts.

Our firm also represents homeowners associations, mutual water companies, and private water companies.  Here is a partial list of our clients:


Pizza Factory (Corporate)Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce
Bass Lake RealtyFish Camp Fire Rescue
Alan Murray Real EstateInter-County Title Company
Preferred Property Management
Warren & Baerg Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Sierra Pines Property ManagementJ.H. Malven Construction Co.
Kelton ExcavatingCalifornia Paving Co.
Alpine BuildersHillview Water Company
Andrew's ElectricYosemite Forks Mutual Water Company
R. Papike ConstructionCedar Valley Mutual Water Company
Movie HeroesMeadow Lakes Homeowners Association
Oakhurst Cinema, Inc.Goldside Homeowners Association



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