DAVIS & THOMPSON, PLLC
An Oklahoma Law Firm Serving Delaware County and the Grand Lake Area Since 1973
DAVIS & THOMPSON, PLLC
A Jay Law Firm Providing Quality and Service
At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, we strive to pursue our clients’ interests with integrity. Our attorneys advise you on the best legal tools at your disposal and take care to ensure your interests are protected. Our more than 140 years’ combined legal experience enables us to confidently handle your case.
Davis & Thompson is a general practice law firm. Our lawyers handle banking, real estate and civil litigation, probate, estate planning, business law, family law and criminal law. The firm represents both individuals as well as many banks, real estate developers and homeowners associations, municipalities and rural water districts.
Addressing your concerns
Our seasoned Oklahoma lawyers and staff excel at placing our clients at ease in a way that you won’t find in less client-centered or larger firms. We listen carefully to your concerns, remain accessible throughout your time with us, and process your case efficiently and cost-effectively. Every step we recommend is carefully designed to provide remedies that satisfy your long-term goals while minimizing any negative consequences you may be facing.
Residential & Commercial Real Estate
Residential and Commercial Real Estate
The attorneys at Davis & Thompson, PLLC apply their extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance and business to all areas of real estate law. With more than 100 years combined legal experience in real estate law, we can help you with:
- Residential home sales transactions
- Commercial property sales transactions
- Homeowners associations
- Condominium law
- Landlord-tenant disputes
- Real estate contracts
- Eminent domain
- Zoning, land use and building permits
- Boundary and easement disputes
- Title disputes
Real Estate Transaction Attorneys
From offer to sale, we handle all aspects of buying and selling real estate and construction, so that you can feel confident about a smooth and precise transaction. We can:
- Draft or review your sales contract
- Negotiate real estate agreements
- Review your lending documents
- Search and clear title
- Analyze your deal and rectify potential problems
- Handle land use, zoning and permitting
- Conduct your real estate closing
Real Estate Litigation Attorneys
Real estate litigation requires substantial knowledge about property laws and civil litigation, as well as courtroom experience. At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, our attorneys possess the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to successfully litigate your real estate disputes.
If you need a real estate attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC today by calling 918-253-4220 or online to schedule a consultation.
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, Davis & Thompson, PLLC can help. Our family law attorneys provide legal services in all areas of family law:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Child support modification and enforcement
- Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
- Pre-nuptial agreements
We assist families with all aspects of international and domestic adoptions. Our attorneys handle the legalities of your adoption so that you can concentrate on your new family.
Divorce should not lead to financial crises. We help you establish an equitable amount of spousal support.
Child Custody and Visitation
Our divorce attorneys protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.
We can ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.
Child Support Modification and Enforcement
Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.
Through mediation or litigation, our divorce lawyers can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.
Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Proceedings
Our family law attorneys are skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of Oklahoma to protect your parental rights from the interference of government authorities.
Prenuptial Agreements allow the interests of both spouses’ to be protected and avoid uncertainty should the marriage end unexpectedly in divorce. The Prenuptial Agreement will clearly define the rights and obligations of each party in the event of divorce.
If you need a family law attorney, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC today by calling 918-253-4220 or online to schedule a consultation.
Estate Planning & Probate
If your loved one dies owning assets which did not pass through one of the many available estate planning tools, a probate may be necessary to transfer ownership to the heirs. During the probate process, the Court will appoint a Personal Representative to administer the estate. The Personal Representative will be required to locate, preserve and protect all assets and to identify and notify all creditors. If the deceased left a Last Will & Testament, the assets will be distributed in accordance with the provisions of the Will. Our attorneys are experienced in handling probates and disputes which may arise within a probate.
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well being and financial security can bring you comfort. Our attorneys thoroughly analyze your estate and advise you regarding the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. Our goal, in most instances, is to develop a plan to avoid the necessity of a probate.
We can help with all aspects of estate and tax planning, including preparation of the following:
- Revocable or Testamentary Trusts
- Transfer on Death Deeds
- Last Wills & Testaments
- Powers of Attorney for both business and heath care
- Advance Directives for health care
Trusts and Transfer on Death Deeds
A revocable Trust offers many advantages. A revocable Trust allows your family to avoid the monetary and emotional burden of a probate following your passing. Unlike a probate which can take 6 months or longer and require a number of court appearances, a Trust allows your named Trustee to distribute your property in a matter of days. If your plan includes distributions to minors or adult children who need guidance and protection, the Trust can delay distributions for decades and place control of the money in the hands of a trusted advisor or financial institution. If any of your beneficiaries are disabled, the Trust can create a Special Needs Trust for their benefit while maintaining their right to government assistance.
A Trust also allows you to maintain privacy for your family as the Trust will never become a part of the public record. If you rely on a Will, the Will becomes a public record as a part of the probate and all of the details of your estate are often placed of record. Conversely, the assets, beneficiaries, and terms of a Trust are only disclosed to the beneficiaries.
If we determine a Trust is not the best option for your situation, a Transfer on Death Deed may be utilized to transfer your real estate to your beneficiaries. Many property owners make the mistake of adding their children or beneficiaries to a joint tenancy deed. In doing so, the property owner may create unintended, adverse tax consequences and also subject their property to the claims of third parties (i.e. children’s creditors or ex-spouses).
Advance Directives, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Last Wills & Testaments
Your Advance Directive will set the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes regarding your medical treatment will be honored. A Durable Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to name your spouse, child or other person to act on your behalf in making important decisions during your incapacity.
Your Will sets forth your plan for distribution of your property, may name a guardian to care for your minor children and otherwise expresses your wishes upon your death. If you die without a Will (or one of the other estate planning tools referenced above) and a probate is required, the Court will distribute your estate in accordance with state law and make decisions regarding the placement of your minor children – decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Changing your Estate Plan
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your Trust, Transfer on Death Deed or Will throughout your life. We draft Trust amendments and codicils to Wills that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardian
If you have minor children, your Trust or Will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your Trust or Will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
If you need to create an estate plan or update your existing plan, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC at 918-253-4220 or online to schedule a consultation.
At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, we handle a broad range of legal issues for our lender, creditor and commercial clients including:
- Secured transactions
- Creditors’ rights litigation and related bankruptcy matters
- Commercial borrowing and lending
No matter the issue, our banking law attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us to speak to an experienced banking law attorney today if you need assistance with any banking matter. Call us today at 918-253-4220 or contact us online to speak with an experienced attorney.
If you have been charged with a crime in the Jay area, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The attorneys at Davis & Thompson, PLLC fight to defend the rights of our clients. We have built our reputation on getting results. We are intimately familiar with all facets of the Oklahoma criminal justice system and have the knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.
Davis & Thompson, PLLC in Jay represents clients in state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
- Traffic violations
- Assault and battery
- Possession of drugs
- Theft and larceny
- Homicide & murder/manslaughter
- Domestic violence
- White collar crime
Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC today. When you have been charged with a crime, choose a criminal defense attorney with the experience and dedication to make a difference. Call 918-253-4220 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, we strive to pursue our clients’ interests with integrity. Our attorneys advise you on the best legal tools at your disposal and take care to ensure your interests are protected.
John W. Thomas
Practice Areas: Probate, Real Estate, Criminal, General Civil Law
Admitted: Oklahoma, 2009
Education: University of Tulsa College of Law, Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO, United States Military Academy 2001 with a B.S. degree in The American Legal Process
Christianna L. Wright
Practice Areas: Family law, including: divorces, child custody, child support, custody and support modifications, adult and minor guardianships, and adoptions.
Education: University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1997, Loyola University Chicago, 1991, BA in English and a secondary teaching certificate
Clayton M. Baker
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PO Box 487, Jay, OK 74346-0487