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Hardesty Law Office

Your Family's Lawyer

- Serving Ellis County & DFW -

Serving Ellis County, including Midlothian, Waxahachie, Mansfield and Arlington as well as the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the Hardesty Law Office was founded to provide legal services to individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations with the personal attention and legal expertise they deserve. We can assist you in all areas of law that touch on the family, such as divorces, child custody, child support, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and criminal matters. We also help corporate clients in business formations, general counsel help, contract drafting, and subrogation matters.

- Corporate -

Services

Our attorneys represent business owners in all stages of corporate law from entity formation to contract preparation and review, to purchasing or selling a business. Depending on the services required, our firm offers flat fee, hourly or hybrid billing options. Our firm offers the benefits of in-house counsel on an as needed basis.

- Criminal -

Defense

We represent clients in criminal defense matters in Ellis County. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a crime in Ellis County, we can handle your cases in Texas state, federal and juvenile courts. We take all criminal cases, including sex crimes, DWI, theft, assault, drug crimes, license suspensions, and class C issues.

- Estate -

Planning

Planning for the unknown is often difficult, as most of us seek to avoid the "what if's" of life. Often you are busy with your life and delay estate planning until something happens. Our attorneys will help you develop an estate plan that meets your needs and includes important documents and determining fiduciary and guardianship responsibilities for your loved ones.

- Family -

Law

Our attorneys offer comprehensive family counsel. We understand the complexities of relationships covered by family law, especially when children are involved. Our approach when working with clients is a combination of compassion, legal knowledge, and experience.

- Guardianship -

Law

Our attorneys understand the importance of developing a guardianship plan to avoid a court-appointed guardianship. We understand the importance of having a written instructions directing care should you be incapacitated. We are committed to helping you and your family.

- Mediation -

Services

The focus of our mediation practice is to help you resolve your conflicts by utilizing our experiences in our practice areas. Our knowledge and experience help you understand the particular intricacies of each dispute in such a way to lead the parties toward resolution.

- Probate -

Law

Probating a family will or trust can be emotional and stressful. Our attorneys assist families and individuals with uncontested and contested probate matters. Our approach combines compassion with legal knowledge and experience. Our attorneys understand which legal matters must be addressed immediately to minimize the impact on the family and protect the estate.

- Probate -

Litigation

Wills and trusts can be contested when family members or individuals have different opinions regarding guardianships, conservatorships or asset distributions. Our team works diligently with beneficiaries or fiduciaries to effectively probate a contested will or trust. We are skilled counselors who are committed to helping you through the litigation process.

- Subrogation -

Law

Our attorneys represent insurance carriers, Third-Party Administrators, and self-insured entities throughout the State of Texas. We work on contingency, low hourly, and/or blended or flat rates in order to match the right fee arrangement to each file. We are prepared to tackle your subrogation needs, regardless of type or size.

- Testimonial -

Rwan has helped us through some very tough situations this year. She helped us maneuver through my mother’s affairs after she passed and also with a situation with a builder on our new home. She is kind, empathetic, understanding and a true professional. I am grateful we have such a terrific lawyer that we can call a friend, too!

Tiffany Smith

Dallas, TX

- Resources From the Blog -

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: 5 Things to Do Before Hiring a Probate Attorney

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Rwan & Tim Hardesty Make 2019 Rising Stars List

Rwan S. Hardesty and Timothy J. Hardesty have both been selected to the 2019 Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding…

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When Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?

Have you recently lost a loved one? Need to deal with the probate process, but not sure where to start? Not sure if and when you should hire a probate attorney? The probate process can be a tricky thing. Especially when taxes and family conflict comes into play! But fear not, we’re here to help…

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What to Include In a Will: 8 Key Elements

As Cam’Ron said in the classic film, Paid In Full, “People die every day.” In fact,?151,600 people die?every day on this planet, so you could even argue he was understating the issue. To prepare for your inevitable passing, you should definitely draw up a last will and testament, especially if you’re going to be leaving…

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How a Lawyer Can Help You Set Up a Family Trust

Do you have a plan for your assets after you die? If you don’t, you’re not alone.?Less than half of Americans?have a will or trust in place. If you have young children, it’s especially important to be prepared. You want to leave your remaining family members with few questions about the administration of your estate.…

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Should I Adopt? 8 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Child

The family is an essential part of the human experience. It is for this reason that many people who are looking to start a family, or looking to expand their current family, often turn to adoption. Adoption can be a beautiful, life-affirming process for children and their adoptive parents. That said, adoption is seldom cut…

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What You Need to Do in Order to Become the Primary Custodial Parent of Your Child

In their 2016 report, the United States Census Bureau stated that 13.4 million parents live with their 22.1 million children under the age of twenty-one, while the child’s other parent lived somewhere else. To learn how to become the primary custodial parent of your child, check out the following advice. We will take a look…

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10 Crucial Tips for Getting Through a Hostile Divorce

While the ongoing research on divorce rates in the U.S. can be a?confusing and tedious statistic?to follow, most of us can agree, no matter what, divorce rates are high. There are many reasons for divorce. It could be you all fell out of love, an affair was involved, or lifestyle changes occurred that made it…

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Times You Should File for Emergency Temporary Custody of Your Child

While it would be great if everyone had an upbringing that closely resembled an episode of “Leave it to Beaver” it’s not reality. In real life, sometimes families fall apart. There are times when a parent isn’t healthy for a child to be around. And there are times when a tragic loss leaves a child suddenly without…

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