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Any type of critical legal issue, whether it is a pressing criminal charge involving drug possession or DUI, questions you have about a possible bankruptcy case, the need for estate planning or representation in a personal injury case, should prompt you to hire an experienced and talented attorney.

The right lawyer can have a significant impact on how you feel about this issue as well as how the case proceeds through the justice system. When you work with an attorney who has a strong track record in all of these practice areas, you know that your case is being handled efficiently and effectively by someone who cares about you and your future. The confidence and peace of mind provided by this interaction can be invaluable during an otherwise stressful time.

Estate Planning Support

Insight from An Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer

Looking ahead to your future should involve careful consideration of the strategies, documents and tools that you can use to outline what happens to your property as well as to your affairs, if something were to happen to you. Comprehensive estate planning encompasses evaluation of all of the different issues in your life and the development of a strategy that protects you and your loved ones, now and well into the future. Learn more about tools including wills, trusts and other estate planning strategies and how they can help you today.

Bankruptcy Assistance During Financial Challenges

Help for Those Who Need a Fresh Start

A bankruptcy issue or even raising questions about the process of filing a bankruptcy petition requires insight from an experienced attorney. When you are in over your head and dealing with harassment from creditors, you may need the fresh start provided by chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. An experienced attorney can tell you more about exemptions, the process of filing, what debts can be discharged in bankruptcy and how long you can anticipate the process to take in the state of Alabama.

Personal Injury Representation for Injured Victims

A person who is hurt in an accident because of another individual’s reckless/negligent behavior is often the one left dealing with the consequences and repercussions in the form of significant pain, medical expenses and other damages. The right Alabama personal injury lawyer should be retained immediately to give the injured victim the most opportunities to recover compensation. Lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages may be paid out to a hurt victim in a settlement or a litigated case.

DUI and Drug Possession Representation

An aggressive criminal defense attorney can have a major impact on the resolution of any criminal case. Retaining a lawyer early on will give you the peace of mind necessary to realize that someone is fighting hard on your behalf day in and day out. You deserve to be kept informed about the status of your criminal case and to have a lawyer who cares about your future and your freedom.

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Personal Injury

Recovery of damages and expenses tied to negligent accidents.

The right Arkansas personal injury lawyer should be retained immediately to give the injured victim the most opportunities to recover compensation. Lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages may be paid out to a hurt victim in a settlement or a litigated case.

DUI

Aggressive and dedicated representation and defense strategy of those accused of breaking the law

An aggressive criminal defense attorney can have a major impact on the resolution of any criminal case. Retaining a lawyer early on will give you the peace of mind necessary to realize that someone is fighting hard on your behalf day in and day out. You deserve to be kept informed about the status of your criminal case and to have a lawyer who cares about your future and your freedom.

Estate Planning

A holistic estate plan designed to protect you and your loved ones for years to come.

Comprehensive estate planning encompasses evaluation of all of the different issues in your life and the development of a strategy that protects you and your loved ones, now and well into the future. Learn more about tools including wills, trusts and other estate planning strategies and how they can help you today.

Bankruptcy

Support for those facing significant financial challenges, who could use a discharge and fresh start.

When you are in over your head and dealing with harassment from creditors, you may need the fresh start provided by chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. An experienced attorney can tell you more about exemptions, the process of filing, what debts can be discharged in bankruptcy and how long you can anticipate the process to take in the state of Arkansas.

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Meet Donald E. Knapp

Taking Care of Clients Across the Southeast for Years

The committed representation and dedication you deserve from a lawyer who cares.
Donald E. Knapp attended high school in Tuscaloosa Alabama before receiving his education at the University of Alabama in Delta State. He is licensed in numerous federal and state courts and is a member of the United States Supreme Court bar and the U.S. Tax Court.

He successfully litigates on behalf of clients facing bankruptcy, criminal defense, estate planning, and personal injury issues. He relies on his extensive education and background to serve clients with customized solutions and legal strategies designed with their best interests in mind. He takes each case seriously, sitting down with a client to provide an overview of the options available and the development of initial strategy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Compensatory damages are designed to reimburse the victim for several kinds of damages or losses. These might also be referenced actual damages. Personal injury damages are typically awarded to a plaintiff to put the claimant in a position he or she would have been had the negligent act never taken place. This is not an exact science but it depends on numerous factors involved in your personal injury case.

A small percentage of personal injury cases wind up in court. If the insurance company agrees to pay what your case is worth, you may be eligible to walk away from the matter with a fair settlement amount. However, if you are not able to achieve a settlement offer that fully and fairly compensates you for the injuries you have sustained, you may need to pursue litigation with the help of an experienced attorney.

There are several debts that do not apply for discharge in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy and these include criminal penalties or fines, civil judgments resulting from fraud or DWI convictions, certain student loans and child support in alimony.

Upon filing a Chapter 7 petition, allowed debts may be forgiven or discharged in as short as a few months. If you pursue Chapter 13 bankruptcy however, you will begin making the court-ordered payments no later than 30 days after filing the petition and this can take up to five years to work through.

When a joint owner or surviving spouse passes away, your property will then have to go through the probate process even if you use joint ownership. There are several other disadvantages of joint ownership including you may have gift taxes to pay, your property can be sold without your permission and the other party’s creditors can get to the property.

Every document included in a probated estate, including the inventory in the will, is public information which can be used by unscrupulous individuals to find who inherited a lot of property. The appropriate estate planning tools as used by your Arkansas estate planning lawyer can help you obtain privacy by using trusts and other strategies.

Prison terms is the most common outcome of a drug conviction that many people are concerned about. However, fines may also be assessed. There may be other consequences of a conviction including your inability to get the kind of employment you’re hoping for and loss of standing in society, in addition to suspension of your driver’s license. A felony drug conviction can also lead to a loss of your right to possess firearms or to vote.

A first offense DUI can carry jail time of between 24 hours and one year, fines between $150 and $1000, six months of a license suspension and installation of an ignition interlock device. A second offense DUI can carry jail times of up to one year, up to $3000 in fines, license suspension of two years and installation of an ignition interlock device.

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