Business Law

Whether you want to form a business or sell a business, whether you need a contract drafted or just looked over by an attorney, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can even help you collect debts from other businesses.

In your business you need predictability in the pricing of legal services. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers that: flat fees for most of your legal service needs. A list of fees commonly charged for business legal services follows:

  • $750 - Business Formation
  • $3,750 - Business Collections (you are responsible for costs). Collection a debt owed to you by a business, not a consumer. If you don't want to pay money up front, we may be able to work on a contingency agreement.
  • $600 - Demand (one letter to one party, no suit or trial work). A demand letter from an attorney is much more credible and persuasive than from others. If you want the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC to only send a demand letter, the fee is significantly reduced. If you later decide to sue, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will discount the total representation fee by $250.
  • $45/page - Contract Review (minimum charge of 3 pages, 12 pt. font, 8.5"x11").
    • This includes an initial consultation, discussing the contract, a thorough review of the proposed contract, and a discussion with you after having read the contract. We will give you some brief insights on issues the contract does and does not address, typo errors, legal defects of the contract, legal risks in the contract, and an attorney's opinion of the contract.
  • $1,250-$4,500 - Contract Drafting and Negotiation (more if your contract is extremely complex; you are responsible for any costs). Simple contracts are on the lower end. Examples of simple contracts include distribution agreements, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, simple joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, sales agreements, nondisclosure agreements, online e-commerce forms (like disclaimers, privacy policies, terms of service, etc.), simple security interest agreements, etc. An Example of a relatively normal complex drafting and negotiation is a small business buy/sell agreement.


Child Custody/Support

Whether you are the parent of a child and want to modify custody or support, or whether you are not the parent and are attempting to establish custody and support of the child, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help you accomplish your goals as they relate to child custody and support.

Child custody and support arrangements are most often brought about by a divorce, and their provisions are often set out in a divorce decree. Often, the situations of the parents change, and so modifications are not only appropriate, but also necessary for the best interests of the child (which is the determining factor in most child custody and support disputes).

Even if you are not the natural parent of a child, you can be appointed as the sole managing conservator to a child if certain conditions are met. Generally, to get custody of a child that is not yours, you will need to have had possession of the child for a year and it must be in the child’s best interests (other factors may apply, depending on the situation). While getting custody of the child is not often as ideal as an adoption, it provides certain advantages: first, it is easier to get than an adoption, and second, it obligates the natural parents of the child to provide child support (this obligation ceases after an adoption).

Child Custody or Support Modifications
Texas law allows for child support to be modified when either the circumstances of the child or an affected party have materially and substantially changed since the date of the rendition, or if 3 years have passed and the support deviates from the guidelines by the greater of $100 or 20%.

Texas law allows for child custody to be modified if the modification is in the best interest of the child and either (1) the circumstances have materially and substantially changed since the date of rendition; (2) a child who is at least 12 years old has expressed a desire for modification; or (3) a conservator with the exclusive right to designate the primary residence has relinquished the primary care of the child and possession of the child for at least six months.
If a modification of custody is sought within one year, additional factors have to be met.

Fees
The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat fees for most family-law related services. Typical flat fees are as follows:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.


Criminal Law

Few other areas of law have as much at stake as criminal law. While civil cases have money at stake, being convicted of a crime can mean you could spend years in prison or even lose your life. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC understands how much is at stake. For this reason, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is committed to working as hard as possible to help you get through what is facing you.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will not stop fighting for you until the verdict is in, if that is what you want.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is very open with our fees, and offers flat fees for most services. Our criminal lawyer fee schedule around Fort Worth is as follows:

Payment plans are sometimes available for these lawyer's fees on criminal cases.
  • $350 - Speeding Ticket or Comparable Moving Violation (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,000 - DUI / DWI Defense (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Simple Misdemeanor Cases (you are responsible for costs). Typically, a "simple misdemeanor" is either a low-level Class B or Class C misdemeanor. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Very simple misdemeanor cases may be cheaper.
  • $6,750 - Complex Misdemeanor Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). All other misdemeanors fall into this category. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $18,750 - Simple Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Second Degree, Third Degree, or State Jail Felonies are typically included. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $24,000, approximately - Complex Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Typically this includes First Degree and Capital Felonies. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Call us to find out exactly what the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can do for you.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can help you fight any crime.
A list of some of the crimes the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can help you fight, including the conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit any of these crimes, follows:

  • Traffic Violations/Alcohol Crimes
    • DUI/DWI
    • Moving Violations
    • Speeding Tickets
  • Drug Crimes
    • Possession
    • Distribution
    • Manufacturing
  • White Collar Crimes
    • Fraud (including Insurance, Bank, Credit Card, Welfare, Embezzlement, etc.)
  • Theft
  • Sexual Offenses
    • Rape/Sexual Assault
    • Forced Rape/Sexual Assault with a Deadly Weapon
    • Indecency with or Sexual Assault of a Child
    • Child Pornography Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
    • Murder
    • Assault (including Aggravated Assault)
    • Robbery
    • Burglary
    • Family Violence/Domestic Violence
  • Arson

This list is not comprehensive. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will help you fight any crime you have been charged with.

Divorce

Divorces are difficult emotionally. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help you get through the divorce, and to help you try to get a favorable divorce settlement. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help you navigate this difficult emotional time.

A Texas divorce decree typically does three things: (1) it legally separates husband and wife; (2) it divides community property; and (3) it determines the custody of the children (including visitation and child support).

With a good lawyer and favorable facts, you can end up with a greater portion of the community property and a better child custody determination.

Because the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat fees, you will also know beforehand exactly what you will be paying. The typical rates are as follows:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.

Whether you are looking for a divorce lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas, or a surrounding city like Arlington, White Settlement, Benbrook, or even Dallas, we are here to help you.


DWI/DUI

Under the current law in Texas, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI or DUI) is punished severely, regardless of whether you were arrested in Fort Worth, Benbrook, White Settlement, or any other city in Texas. A good lawyer can help you get a better result than going on your own could.

If you operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you will likely be charged with a Class B misdemeanor for your first-time offense. A Class B misdemeanor means that you could be fined up to $2,000.00, and spend up to 6 months in jail. If the DWI is your second offense, it usually becomes a Class A misdemeanor (although sometimes it can be a third degree felony). A Class A misdemeanor means that you could be fined up to $4,000.00, and spend up to 1 year in jail. Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 12.21-12.22 (West). If it is your third offense, it is a third degree felony, which means that you can be fined up to $10,000.00, and spend up to 10 years in prison. Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 12.34 (West); Tex. Pen. Code Ann. § 49.09 (West).

As a separate punishment, and in addition to being fined and spending time in jail or prison, your drivers license will likely be suspended unless you request a hearing before the 15th day after the date on which you receive notice of suspension, and win the hearing. Tex. Transp. Code Ann. § 524.031 (West). At the hearing you will have a chance to fight the suspension.

For a flat fee (listed below), the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will not only fight for you through the criminal prosecution and all the way to trial if you want, but will also appear at the administrative hearing to fight the pending license suspension.

In Texas, even if your blood alcohol was within the “legal limit,” you could still be found guilty of having driven while intoxicated. Intoxication is defined for most adult drivers in the Texas Penal Code, section 49.01 as either: “(A) not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; or (B) having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.”
Because the statute is broad, it means that you potentially could have been driving while intoxicated even if your blood alcohol level was well below 0.08.

The flat fees the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC charges to represent you in criminal matters are as follows:
Payment plans are sometimes available for these lawyer's fees on criminal cases.

  • $350 - Speeding Ticket or Comparable Moving Violation (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,000 - DUI / DWI Defense (you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Simple Misdemeanor Cases (you are responsible for costs). Typically, a "simple misdemeanor" is either a low-level Class B or Class C misdemeanor. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Very simple misdemeanor cases may be cheaper.
  • $6,750 - Complex Misdemeanor Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). All other misdemeanors fall into this category. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $18,750 - Simple Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Second Degree, Third Degree, or State Jail Felonies are typically included. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals.
  • $24,000, approximately - Complex Felony Cases (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs). Typically this includes First Degree and Capital Felonies. This fee includes all services from the initial consultation and arraignment to the end of trial, if necessary. It does not include appeals. Call us to find out exactly what the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can do for you.


Family Law

Family Law is the most heart-wrenching area of law. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC wants to help you through this difficult time.

Whether you want to modify custody or support, or are looking to get a Fort Worth divorce attorney, or even get an adoption attorney in Fort Worth, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can help!

Child Custody or Support Modifications
Texas law allows for child support to be modified when either the circumstances of the child or an affected party have materially and substantially changed since the date of the rendition, or if 3 years have passed and the support deviates from the guidelines by the greater of $100 or 20%.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can help you with child support or custody modification.

Divorce
Divorces are difficult emotionally. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help you get through the divorce and to try to help you get a favorable divorce settlement

Three things are normally included in a Texas Divorce Decree (aka “Divorce Papers”): (1) the marriage is ended, and it legally separates husband and wife; (2) the property owned by the husband and wife is divided; and (3) child custody and support are determined.

Divorce papers are often well over 40-page documents.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC wants to help!

Adoption
Under Texas law, once you adopt someone, you become the legal parent of the child, and have all rights and duties associated with being the parent.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC wants to help the adoption go smoothly.

Our Fees
Family law is a complex area of law. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat attorney’s fees for most family-law related services. Typical flat fees are as follows:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.


Father’s Rights

Although historically in divorces, primary custody was usually given to the mother while the father was typically given only limited visitation and was ordered to pay child support, the Texas Family Code states that neither parent is preferred, and the best interests of the child are the most important thing in a child custody and support case.

Regardless of what the Texas Family Code says, many juries still have an inherent bias that must be overcome in order for fathers to be on equal footing with mothers in custody and support battles. This is unfortunate, because there are just as many good fathers as there are good mothers.

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC fights for father’s rights in Fort Worth, Texas.

Our Fees
The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat fees for most family-law related services. Typical flat fees are as follows:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.


Marital Property Division Prenuptials/Postnuptials

Whether you are looking for a prenuptial agreement (sometimes called a “prenup”) or an agreement with your spouse to divide the property during marriage (sometimes called a postnuptial agreement or a partition or exchange), we want to help you be prepared in case of a divorce.

In Texas, if there is no valid marital property agreement otherwise, any money you earn working becomes “community property,” and your spouse will likely be able to get a substantial portion of it in a divorce. Even without a divorce, if your spouse dies, some of your spouse’s relatives may be able to inherit a substantial portion of the money you earned from your own personal work. For this reason, it is extremely important to have an agreement in place as to what will happen to the community property when the marriage is dissolved by either divorce or death.

For prenuptial and postnuptial agreements to be valid, certain legal requirements must be met. Simply signing an agreement stating that the property will be divided a certain way will not likely be enough to stand up in a divorce or another proceeding.

Marriages are dissolved either by divorce or by death. In either divorce or death, you could lose a substantial amount of your money or property if you have not adequately prepared for it. A prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can help keep the certainty that even if your spouse leaves you or dies, you will still own pre-determined assets or the rights to your own income. If you want to keep your pension, your retirement account, your home or any other asset you own, it is important to plan adequately by utilizing a property agreement with your spouse or soon-to-be spouse.

Prenuptial agreements and other marital property division agreements require that both husband and wife (or soon-to-be husband and wife) agree voluntarily to all terms. If you are unable to come to an agreement, then a marital property agreement will not be able to solve the problem. Call us to see what options you have.

Our Fees
Marital property division is a complex area of law. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat attorney’s fees for most family-law related services. Typical flat fees are as follows:

  • $1,250 - Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements (more if your case is extremely complex). Prenuptial agreements, marital property divisions, partition and exchange agreements, etc.
  • $4,000-$8,750 - Adoption (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Divorce (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Contested Divorce (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).
  • $3,750 - Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,000 - Uncontested Child Custody Modification (you are responsible for costs). Both parties must agree on everything.
  • $2,500 - Child Support Modification (you are responsible for costs).
  • $950 - Divorce Document Preparation (you are responsible for costs). This includes no representation beyond the initial consultation, drafting and providing you with customized paperwork to file with the court, and an in-depth session discussing the general process.

Personal Injury

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, and resides near Fort Worth, Texas, you could have a claim where you can receive money to pay for any medical bills and even for emotional anguish (or “pain and suffering”), which go beyond the value of the medical bills.

Whether you were injured in a car accident, by slipping and falling at a grocery store, by the malpractice of a professional, or by a defective product, the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help you recover money for your damages.

The law covering personal injury and car accidents (also known as “tort law”) can be complex to navigate, but that is why the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here — to be your local, Fort Worth injury lawyer, and to help you navigate the complex law regarding accidents. Personal injury law typically provides that a party who is injured by the acts of someone else, who owes the injured party a duty of reasonable care, can potentially recover all damages, including money for pain and suffering.

Even if an accident was partially “your fault,” there may be a way for a skilled lawyer to show the opposing party was more than fifty percent at fault and to get you a recovery. Contact us so we can look at your case to see if we can help you! The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to look at your case and want to help you find a way to help you settle with the opposing party.

Insurance companies make money by refusing claims. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help fix this problem. According to a Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims, injured victims received an average of 40% more money when hiring a lawyer to represent them when compared to representing themselves. (“Paying for Auto Injuries: A Consumer Panel Survey of Auto Accident Victims,” Insurance Research Council, 1999, pg. 45-52).

In the United States, only 2-3% of cases go to trial. (Brian J. Ostrom & Neal B. Kauder, Examining The Work Of State Courts, 1996: A National Perspective From The Court Statistics Project, at 11, National Center for State Courts (1997)).

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is here to help you settle your case to get you the settlement you deserve from your car accident. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC will even take the insurance companies to trial, if needed.

Personal Injury Fees:
For injury cases, The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC utilizes a “contingency fee” (just ask if you want a different option like a flat fee or a low hourly rate).

While contingency fees are not free, they require no money up front.
If the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC takes your case on contingency, you will not be charged any legal fees up front. If you lose the case, you will not need to pay any attorney's fees.
The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC's contingency fees start at one third of any recovery, plus costs! Generally, in car accident cases, if the case settles before filing suit, the fee is thirty-three and one third percent of any recovery, plus costs (33 1/3% before the costs are deducted); if suit is filed or if the case goes all the way to trial, the fee increases.
The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC is willing to do a mix of a flat fees and a contingency fees to lower these percentages. These fees are subject to a legal services agreement.

While the Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers contingency fees for most personal injury cases, flat fees or hourly rates are also available if that is what you prefer.


Wills, Trusts, and Probate

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC can come to your home to do the will signing ceremony. The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC does house calls!

If your will is improperly drafted, or if all of the formalities required in a will are not precisely followed, the Will may not stand up in court, and the government will decide who gets your property after your death. People who use pre-printed forms and fail to follow the proper procedures required to draft a will usually do not have their estate distributed as they wanted.

If you die without a valid will, it will usually be quite expensive for your heirs to go through heirship proceedings. A search for heirs is sometimes required, and is often quite expensive.

If you have a valid will, on the other hand, you can determine exactly to whom and how your estate is distributed. You are free to give money or property to charity, to disinherit anyone you do not want to receive anything, and to divide your property as you choose.

After your death, if you have a valid will, it will be “probated.” This means that it will be taken to the probate court in order to determine if the will is valid. If it is valid, then your estate should be distributed as you wished in your will.

An alternative to having your will distribute your estate is to have a “living trust” and a “pour over will.” A living trust is usually a trust that you create and run until you die. At your death, your “pour over will” will devise (give) all of your property to the trust, and the trust will then be handled by your designated trustee or another trustee according to the trust formation documents. The process of probating the pour-over will and getting the property into your trust is usually the cheapest probate action, as there is only one beneficiary to the will (the trust).

The Law Office of Gregory Wilder, PLLC offers flat fees for our will, trust, and probate work, as follows:

  • $350 - Custom Will (includes Will signing ceremony).
  • $1,800 - Living Trust with Pour Over Will (you are responsible for costs).
  • $4,000, or 5% in, 5% out in some cases - Independent Administration (you are responsible for costs).
  • $2,500 - Probated Will with Muniment of Title (you are responsible for costs). Your case must qualify.
  • $1,275 - Probate by Small Estate Affidavit (you are responsible for costs). Your case must qualify.
  • $4,500-$10,000 - Heirship Proceedings (more if your case is extremely complex; you are responsible for costs).

Feel free to contact us with any questions.