Laws pertaining to bankruptcy changed dramatically in 2005 Be sure to select a bankruptcy lawyer familiar with the changes.

Bankruptcy is intended to be a fresh start for those burdened by too much debt (credit card debt, medical bills, debts caused by unemployment, disability or divorce, foreclosure deficiency, deficiencies resulting from repossessions, and/or surrender of cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and other motorized vehicles, judgments, etc) to seek relief and turn energies to productive use.

Individuals typically choose between Chapter 7 Liquidation (now requiring Means Test qualification) , Chapter 13 Individual Debt Adjustment, or Chapter 12 Family Farmer bankruptcy.

Businesses typically choose between a Chapter 7 Liquidation or Chapter 11 Reorganization. Depending on the circumstances, bankruptcy can protect you from harassing collection agents, lawsuits, judgments, enforcement of judgments, and/or foreclosure.


Corporate law includes entity selection, be it:

  • A Corporation
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Partnership for Profit
  • Partnership for Non-Profit
  • Formation
  • Guidance Regarding Statutory Requirements to Maintain Good Standing

Once formed, a small business may need a lawyer to assist with contract selection, drafting, and/or negotiating. If a dispute arises, a lawyer can assist with resolving the dispute, through negotiation, mediation, or if need be, litigation. In addition, a small business may need assistance with adhering to the legal formalities required of created entities; employee issues, or premises liability and other matters.


We can help you with matters including but not limited to:

    • Divorce
    • Child Custody
    • Child Support Enforcement
    • Paternity
    • Adoption
    • Pre-nuptial Agreements

We can assist you in obtaining court approval of a Guardian over an incapacitated person; which includes:

  • Minors
  • Adults who, because of a physical or mental condition, are substantially unable to provide food, clothing, or shelter for themselves, to care for their own physical health, or to manage their own financial affairs
  • Persons for whom a guardian must be appointed to receive funds due from a governmental source

Mediation is a method of settling a dispute outside of court. Jonathan D. Sykes has settled in excess of 80% of the cases mediated, and volunteered as mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center since 1997.

Current rates are $300 per party per half day, subject to change without notice.


If you have property, children, and/or a business, a well drafted Will can inexpensively provide for drama free transfer of your assets, as well as make provisions for the care of your children.

Texas probate is efficient and inexpensive compared to many other states.

When a loved one has passed away, probate is the legal mechanism for transferring ownership of the assets of the decedent. In most cases, you must probate a Will in Texas within four years of death.


Real estate matters may include purchases and sales, clearing title, landlord/and tenant matters, evictions, construction disputes, licensing issues for realtors and loan officers, as well as other related issues.