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As the former Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County, Mr. Hamstead has vast experience in the litigation process. Being in private practice for many years, he also possesses comprehensive knowledge of the civil litigation process, including negotiation. Hamstead & Associates prides itself on maintaining credibility with the Court, as well as with other attorneys, throughout the entire litigation process. If you have a genuine legal claim or are confronted with a claim against you, Hamstead & Associates is ready, willing, and able to pursue or defend it.
Hamstead & Associates works closely with many Homeowners Associations in the Eastern Panhandle. Many legal issues currently confront Homeowners Associations, such as collection of assessments/dues, enforcement of covenants, maintenance of common areas, and many more. Hamstead & Associates strives to amicably resolve Homeowner Association disputes. We are experienced in amending and revising defective governing documents, including Declarations and By-Laws. Hamstead & Associates encourages any Association experiencing organizational or collections-related problems to contact us, and we will provide a roadmap for resolving most any issue.
Hamstead & Associates provides legal counsel to both municipal government and private Home Owners Associations as well as small businesses and individuals. By developing a close relationship with its clients, it provides an assessment of risks on all issues directed to it so that litigation disputes can be avoided. However, when it is necessary to bring or defend litigation, Hamstead & Associates is prepared to meet that challenge in both state and federal courts and prepared to handle appeals all the way to the United States Supreme Court. It has engaged in a number of successful litigation efforts for clients who are faced with boundary and right of way disputes. Hamstead & Associates brings to the table its litigation experience in the drafting of contracts, in drafting ordinances for municipal government and in developing restrictive covenants and rules for Home Owner Associations.
Hamstead & Associates provides legal counsel to individuals wishing to create a business entity and to business entities already in existence. The mechanisms for the establishment of small business entities have been made easier through state government. However, the attendant pitfalls have not lessened. Hamstead & Associates brings to its business clients years of practical experience drawn from hands-on litigation as well as legal knowledge to apply to clients’ needs.
Hamstead & Associates provides personal attention to individual clients in the drafting of wills and related documents including trust instruments. We assist clients in anticipating the unanticipated and in addressing the best methods of carrying out their wishes and intentions. A number of unintended consequences can be addressed through the management of one’s estate using testamentary documents that are properly executed in accord with statute. Dying without a will (intestate succession) not only takes away one’s right to assign assets but also leaves the estate without a designated administrator to handle one’s affairs.