Durand & Associates, PC

Proudly serving the greater
Denton County area, including
the cities of Denton, Lewisville,
Flower Mound, Plano, The Colony,
Carrolton, Fort Worth, and Dallas.

Durand and Associates, P.C., is a general practice law firm that takes great pride in making the justice system work for our many clients. We know that navigating the court system can be a scary, often overwhelming task. We make it our job to demystify the process and offer clear, concise advice so you can be confident no matter what legal challenges you are facing.

We encourage you to explore the many services we offer to see how Durand & Associates may help you with your needs.

Practice Areas

Family Law

Premarital Agreement

Court Appointments (ad litems, receiverships, CPS cases, etc.)

Divorce
    Separation Agreements
    Cooperatives
    Contested
    Annulment
    Divorce Defense

Enforcement/Modifications/
    Custody Arrangments
    Post Decree (Enforcement)
    Post Decree (Modification)
    Post Decree (Defense)
    Cooperative Custody

Name Change

Termination of Parental Rights

Paternity

CPS Cases

Adoption

Guardianship

Misc. Family Law

 

Financial

Bankruptcy

    Chapter 7
    (amendments additional)

    Chapter 11
    (amendments additional)

    Chapter 13
    (amendments additional)

    Chapter 13
    (Modification)

Debt Collection Defense

Defense Against Creditor Claims

Misc. Financial Problems

 

Wills and Probate

Estate Planning
    Will Planning
    Trust Planning
    Tax & Asset Protection
    Business Planning
    Probate
    Miscellaneous

 

Special Services

Business
    Sale or Purchase of Business
    Formation of LLC
    Formation of Corporation
    Formation of Partnership/
        Joint Venture
    Formation of Professional
        Corp/Assoc.
    Update Minute Books
    Formation of LLP

Litigation
    Civil Litigation – Defense

Demand Letter

Document Review

 

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Insurance Claim Coverage

Injury and Disability (Plaintiff), Misc.

 

Real Estate

Eviction

Eviction Defense

Residential Real Estate
    Lease Agreement
    Landlord/Tenant Matters
    Contract or Document Draft
    Closing Representation
    Foreclosure
    Homeowner’s Assoc.
        Representation

Commercial Real Estate
    Lease Agreement
    Landlord/Tenant Matters
    Contract or Document Draft
    Closing Representation
    Foreclosure

Deeds
    Quit Claim
    Warranty Deed
    Special warranty deed
    Note and Deed of Trust

Farm & Ranch

Misc. Real Estate

 

Criminal Initial Retainers

Traffic Ticket

Our Attorneys

Durand and Associates is known for its honest, caring and competent professionals who can ease family or financial burdens and make you feel better about yourself and your situation.

Mr. Durand will carefully review your legal problems with you and give you clear, understandable options to move forward.

Durand & Associates, PC

Frequently Asked Questions

Bankruptcy law is federal law. The United States Constitution grants the federal government the exclusive right to make bankruptcy laws. Pursuant to this authority, the federal government created the bankruptcy code. The bankruptcy code creates types (categories) of bankruptcy known as chapters. The three most common forms of bankruptcy are chapter 7, chapter 13, and chapter 11.
YES! Filing the bankruptcy petition in the bankruptcy court automatically stays (stops) all of the listed creditors from trying to collect the money owed them. There are some creditors (such as secured creditors on your house, car, etc.) that you will need to pay, if those creditors have a valid lien on your property, and you want to keep that property. In addition there are certain types of creditors, which are not discharged in bankruptcy and may have to be paid (for examples of debts that are not discharged see the chapter 13 or chapter 7 sections of this web site).
NO! Often people file bankruptcy before they are seriously delinquent on their monthly debts. If you can barely make the minimum payments required on your credit cards, or if it appears that you will not be able to make payments as they come due, it may be better for you to file bankruptcy rather than let your situation deteriorate.
YES! A federal injunction (automatic stay) goes into effect immediately when a person files bankruptcy, which stops the foreclosure. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to catch up on delinquent mortgage payments over (typically) a three- to five-year period, paying out the delinquent amount in small additional payments. You must also make all your house payments that come due from the date you filed bankruptcy onward.
NO! Federal Bankruptcy Law specifically prohibits discrimination based solely on an employee's filing for bankruptcy.
YES! A major benefit of filing bankruptcy is the protection of the automatic stay that goes into effect once the bankruptcy is filed. The automatic stay, with relatively few exceptions, stays or stops all creditors' actions to collect a debt, including phone calls and foreclosures.
After your bankruptcy is filed, the Bankruptcy Clerk sends a notice to all of the listed creditors. It usually takes about two weeks from the date of filing before creditors are officially notified by the Court. The debtor can personally notify creditors immediately after filing. Creditors who continue to attempt collection of a debt after being notified of a bankruptcy may be liable for sanctions by the Federal Court.
YES, with very few exceptions (for example, it will not stop child support garnishments).
The most common reasons for bankruptcy are often beyond the control of the individual:
• medical bills
• being laid off or losing your job
• marital problems
• unexpected expenses
• overextended credit
• failure of a business due to economic conditions
• behind on house or auto payments (chapter 13)
• behind on taxes (chapter 13)
If you are able to make any meaningful payments (even a relatively small percentage of payments) to your unsecured creditors (in addition to your normal living expenses), you will probably be required to file a chapter 13 bankruptcy instead of a chapter 7 bankruptcy. In order to qualify for a chapter 7 bankruptcy (using court-approved standards for expenses), your income and monthly living expenses (not including the types of debts that you are trying to discharge such as old MasterCard, Visa or medical bills) must balance out. For example, if you have normal monthly take-home income of $2,000 and normal monthly living expenses of $2,000 (once again, not including the types of debts that you are trying to discharge in bankruptcy), then chapter 7 bankruptcy may be an option for you.
For a brief explanation, please click on our chapter 13 page in this website.
Filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy has several advantages over a chapter 7 liquidation. A chapter 13 bankruptcy allows you to discharge a few more types of debts than does a chapter 7 bankruptcy. If you own an unincorporated business and your business is not a partnership, you can continue to own and operate the business under a chapter 13 plan. Under a chapter 7 liquidation, a bankruptcy court may order that your business or its assets be sold. Also the automatic stay of a chapter 13 bankruptcy protects any co-signers of consumer debts to the extent that the debt is paid in full through your plan, whereas chapter 7 offers only very limited protection (almost no protection) of others who may share the debtor's obligation. Finally, in a chapter 13 bankruptcy you can pay out past due taxes and past due payments on your mortgages and/or automobiles.
YES! Filing bankruptcy stops most all civil judgments.
Declaring bankruptcy can seriously damage your credit rating, making it difficult to establish credit or take out loans in the future. However, if you are behind on your bills now (slow payments and/or late payments), your credit rating most likely has already been seriously damaged making it difficult for you to take out loans. The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act allows the reporting of your bankruptcy discharge no longer than 10 years from the date of that discharge. If you don't file bankruptcy, continued slow or late payments could damage your credit report indefinitely.
NO! Some transfers that are valid outside the context of bankruptcy are invalid in bankruptcy. The bankruptcy code empowers a bankruptcy trustee to invalidate certain transfers made prior to a bankruptcy filing. Additionally transfers of this nature could be a crime. Such crimes are investigated, then pursued by the FBI.
Attorneys' fees vary greatly from case to case, based on many factors, because of that we never quote a fee until we have had a chance to sit down with you and carefully examine your particular financial situation.
No. But remember – you get what you pay for. If you file a case without an attorney, you may make mistakes that no attorney could repair at a later date. Without an attorney you could make mistakes that may lose your home, other property, or retirement plans. Such losses could happen just by your filling out the paperwork improperly. There are certain exemptions which must be properly claimed, other paperwork which must be properly filled out, deadlines which must be met. Without the proper assistance in a bankruptcy you may save yourself a few dollars in the beginning, but lose substantially more in the long run.
Most of our clients have the Chapter 13 plan payments deducted directly from their paycheck. In the Eastern District of Texas, if for some reason you need to mail your payment directly to the Trustee, Janna Countryman, her address is:
      Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
      500 N. Central Expressway, Suite 350
      Plano, TX 75074
The payment must be either a cashiers check or money order made payable to "Standing Chapter 13 Trustee". Make sure you print your name, case number and SSN on the check.
Click the "Data Needed" link below to download the forms that we have our potential clients fill out. The attorney needs this information in order to give you an informed assessment of your financial situation; and to go over your options with you. You do not need to provide this information at the time of the initial free consultation. The form is in an adobe format*. Also, it may take a little bit to download, so please be patient.