Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tyler Texas Attorney at Law - Vance E. Hendrix, PC

Tyler Texas Attorney at Law - Vance E. Hendrix, PC

East Texas Attorney at Law

Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Estate Administration, Corporate formations and transactions, LLC formations and transactions, Guardianship, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy.

(903) 520-2609

(903) 581-6083

Vance E. Hendrix, PC, is an East Texas law firm with its principal office located in Tyler, Texas. At Vance E. Hendrix, PC, we serve Texans from all across East Texas: Tyler, Longview, Mineola, Henderson, Kilgore, Athens, and Canton, as well as many in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

Vance E. Hendrix is licensed to practice before all courts of the State of Texas, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas.

Vance E. Hendrix has been practicing law for five years, and strives to provide each of his client’s cases with individual attention, focusing on the particular needs and goals of each client. I believe that the client owns his or her case, and that he or she should be involved in the decision making process at every stage of the case. Vance E. Hendrix returns phone calls and e-mails promptly and in a timely manner, and works hard to zealously represent his clients through every stage of his or her case.

Vance E. Hendrix’s law practice is a general practice that includes Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Estate Administration, Corporate formations and transactions, LLC formations and transactions, Guardianship, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy.

If you have immediate legal needs or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact Vance E. Hendrix today at (903) 520-2609 or via e-mail at vance@vancehendrixlaw.com. Consultation fees may apply.

Practice Areas




It is common knowledge that more than half of all marriages end in divorce. Divorce can be an overwhelming and emotionally charged experience for all of the parties involved. Every divorce is unique, with unique individuals involved and presents its own set of unique issues. I will work hard and advocate for your rights, helping you to emerge from the divorce process financially and emotionally intact.

Child Custody

Custody of children is often a highly contested issue in family law. Increasingly, Courts prefer joint custody (Joint Managing Conservatorship) when both parents are considered “acceptable.” Joint custody divides parental rights and duties between the parents, but does not always provide equal periods of possession for each parent. I will fight for your right of access and possession of your children, and will provide sound legal advice that will enable you to make decisions that are in your children’s best interest.

Visitation Issues

In most jurisdictions, both parents have significant access to their children after a divorce if they have been involved parents during the marriage. The visitation schedule is often tied to a “standard possession order” and by what is in the best interest of the child.


Modifications typically involve child custody, visitation, and/or child support. The requirement for almost any modification is that a “material change of circumstance” take place between the last court hearing and the modification. This means there is a change in the lives of the parents or children, which makes a modification of the terms of the divorce desirable.

Prenuptial Agreements

For those concerned about the possibility of divorce in the future, premarital agreements commonly known as “prenups” should be seriously considered. Prenups are commonly utilized by people who enter a marriage with large assets.

Name Changes

Oftentimes after a divorce, the wife may desire to change her legal name back to a previous name or her maiden. Vance E. Hendrix, PC, helps clients make this change whether it is incident to and contemporaneous with the divorce or even years after the divorce.



This law firm handles a full range of Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship matters. Because every client (and every estate) is unique and has different needs, I approach each client’s case with a custom tailored estate plan designed to meet the unique needs of each client. A client with a modest estate may only need a simple will and powers of attorney, while a client with a large “taxable” estate may need more advanced tools, such as complex wills and trusts, used to take advantage of current estate tax laws, minimize exposure to creditor’s claims, and provide a means of preserving and protecting assets for generations to come. We can review and modify a client’s existing estate plan, or craft an estate plan from scratch providing each client with the security and comfort that their hard earned assets are protected and that their wishes regarding future contingencies will be honored.



If you have recently lost a loved one, whether they left a will or not, we are skilled at navigating the probate process. If you need assistance with administering an estate, probating testate or intestate estates, or with the transfer of assets and funding of trusts, this firm can help. When a loved dies without a will, their estate is termed “intestate.” There are special procedures that must be followed in probating such estates. Please feel free to contact us to assist you with all of your probate needs.



Elder Law encompasses and includes several aspects of the law such as Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Guardianships, Special Needs Trusts, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Incapacity Planning, Irrevocable and Revocable Trusts, and Advanced Directives for Health Care. At Vance E. Hendrix, PC, we understand the concerns that you and your loved ones may have in planning for the care of yourself, a spouse, or a loved one. We strive to assist our clients in planning to take advantage of their rights to Medicaid and other governmental benefits. We will listen to your concerns; we will strive to answer your questions; we will return your phone calls and answer your e-mails.



Vance E. Hendrix, PC, handles car accident cases all across East Texas, Tyler, Longview, Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth as well as many places in between. When you or someone close to you suffers a personal injury as a result of a car wreck, it can affect every aspect of your life. You may have medical bills; you may be facing an injury from neck or back pain, from broken bones, or even more serious injuries. In addition to this, there are often legal issues surrounding these injuries and expenses. It is important to contact an attorney to help you deal with the legal issues, to help you deal with the insurance companies, and to represent you and protect your legal rights. An attorney should be consulted as soon after the car wreck as possible.

After any car accident, you should first seek medical attention. Next you should contact an attorney that can investigate the car accident, who can contact and interview witnesses, and begin working to protect your interest. An investigation should be performed as soon after the automobile accident as possible while the accident and the facts are fresh in the minds of any witnesses. Insurance company representatives may try contact you to investigate the accident, but you should remember that insurance companies are working to protect their interests, not yours.

Every car accident has a cause, and someone is at fault. In today’s world everyone has a cell phone, and many drivers talk on the phone or read and send text messages while driving. These distracted and reckless drivers are dangerous and can cause accidents; accidents often result in injuries. Also there are drivers who drive drunk causing car wrecks and injuring responsible drivers every day. The bad choices that many drivers make may rise to the level of negligence, and you may be entitled to recover damages for things such as: Past and future medical bills, Pain and Suffering, Mental Anguish, Lost Wages, Loss of Consortium, and Disfigurement.

If you have been injured in a car wreck, call Vance E. Hendrix, PC, at (903) 520-1609 today.



According to the Texas Probate Code, there are three types of “incapacitated” people that need guardians. Minors which include those under 18 years of age that have not been emancipated; 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; and people that must have a guardian appointed to receive funds due the person from some governmental source.

If a Court determines that a person is “incapacitated,” then the Court may appoint a guardian with full authority over the incapacitated person or may grant a guardian limited authority over the incapacitated person depending upon the actual mental or physical limitations of the individual and only as necessary to promote and protect the well-being of the person.

My law firm helps families file applications for guardianships, find alternatives to guardianships, and contest applications for guardianships. If someone close to you is in need of a guardian and needs someone to take care of their person or their financial affairs please contact me to discuss your case. The Guardianship process can be difficult and confusing, and it is important to have an attorney familiar with the process to assist you.



Vance E. Hendrix, PC, assists and represents business owners and those starting new businesses in the following areas:

* Choice of business entity (LLCs, Corporations, Professional Corporations, General Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Partnerships)
* Entity formation
* Business contracts
* Business Leases
* Dissolution of a business entity
* Conduct of the corporation: minutes, dispute resolution, contracts
* Business transactions such as asset sales and purchases and buy/sell agreements
* Covenants not to Compete

At Vance E. Hendrix, PC, we strive to earn your trust, by returning your phone calls, answering your questions, and providing a quality product. We work closely with our business clients so that their business deals are closed smoothly and professionally. We can assist in all aspects of a successful transaction including assisting in the negotiation of the terms of the contract, drafting the contract, closing the transaction, and evaluating and minimizing the client’s exposure to potential future legal issues.



If you have been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), please call me to discuss your legal options. You may need a lawyer to represent you; let Vance E. Hendrix, PC help you navigate the legal system and stand up for your rights. You may be facing jail time, community service, license surcharges, or even the loss of your driver’s license. If your license has already been suspended, Vance E. Hendrix, PC may be able to help you get an occupational driver’s license.



If you need relief from credit card debt, foreclosure, repossession, a lawsuit, or a judgment, filing for bankruptcy may be an option to explore. Bankruptcy provides a way for people overwhelmed by their debt to get a fresh start. My law firm handles two types of Bankruptcies, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (“Straight Bankruptcy”), the debtor’s debts are completely discharged or cancelled (with some exceptions). A debtor under a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy does not have to make payments out of his or her future income in order to obtain the discharge of his or her debts. It is important to note that not all debts can be discharged in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

In a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy (the “Wage Earner’s Plan”), the debtor “reorganizes” his debts and pays them off over time. Typically under Chapter 13, a debtor keeps all of his or her property, but must provide the Bankruptcy Court a plan to repay his or her creditors. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy relief is available only to individuals with less than $336,900.00 in unsecured debt and $1,010,650.00 in secured debt.

If you are in danger of losing your house, your car, or other property, and/or are simply tired of creditors’ harassment, contact me today. I will evaluate your individual financial situation and help you decide whether or not filing Bankruptcy is right for you.

Vance E. Hendrix, PC

Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Estate Administration, Corporate formations and transactions, LLC formations and transactions, Guardianship, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, and Bankruptcy.
Tyler, Longview, Mineola, Henderson, Kilgore, Athens, and Canton, as well as many in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

No comments:

Post a Comment